...with 500 words sort of about snot.
I needed a prompt. I was stalling.
I pulled a pebble out of a bag. Yeah, I know it was probably some kind of quartz thing, but it had that milky, pearlescent quality of a big dab of mucus.
In the story, wailing child = snot.
Got at least 500 words out of it.
Off to a good start with some back story on the protagonist.