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CONTEST: 50 Words or Less II
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Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Mar-19-2008 09:26

The Idea: Using a given opening line, you must write a story that uses 50 words or less. The opening line does not count toward your word total.

The Rules:

* I will give a total of 5 opening lines. You may choose whichever line(s) you wish to use.

* There are two ways to enter: (A) single paragraph stories and (B) extended stories. You may either enter (A) or (B). The only way to enter both is to use only three or four starting lines for the extended story entry, and use the remaining one or two for the single paragraph stories.

* To enter (A): You may write an entry for as many of the opening lines as you like, but only 1 story for each line. So, your maximum number of entries is 5. If you only like 3 of the opening lines, then write 3 stories. However, the stories should not be related.

* To enter (B): Again, you may use as many of the opening lines as you like, but only once each. They should all be submitted as one entry, creating an overall story, although each separate paragraph with opening line should be able to stand alone as its own story.

(If you have not seen last year’s contest, please check out this thread and see how the entries were submitted: http://noir.playsleuth.com/map/cityhall/post.spy?id=22695)

* Your story or stories must make sense. It/they also should be mystery-related, or be mysterious with a really interesting twist.

* Spelling and grammar DO count. Please. Spellcheck is our friend.

*All entries must be posted no later than 11:59 PM server time on March 29, 2008.

Prizes: YAY! We love prizes. The winners will receive a two-month subscription and some Sleuth cash.

Your opening lines:

1. Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there’s no evidence.

2. Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn’t talking.

3. The small box was as full as it could be.

4. I never assumed the search was done.

5. Tilly watched every move he made, ready to break out into a loud screech.

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topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Mar-21-2008 06:36

Here goes. Don't laugh.

--

Tilly watched every move he made, ready to break out into a loud screech.

She stuffed her fist into her mouth to stifle her cry and peered again through the wardrobe door. She couldn't believe what she was seeing. That was the man she loved, the man she thought she knew! She realised the truth then. He WAS the mob.

At that, she ran.

--

Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn't talking.

She'd tried to run, of course, but who could run from the mob? More to the point, who could hide from Leo? He'd tracked her expertly, to the dingy motel room she'd rented under a laughably false name. Poor Tilly, she wasn't talking.

--

Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there's no evidence.

I recognised that smirk, and cursed the long arm of the law, whch didn't seem to stretch far enough to the mob. "I'll have to get the job done myself", I thought.

I resigned from the police force that night.

--

I never assumed the search was done.

Day after day I perservered. I searched through newspapers, hunted down all my contacts and informants, even sneaked back into the station into the records room. Finally I found it. It was in plain view, how could I have missed it?

The perfect agency location was right around the corner.

--

The small box was as full as it could be.

Who knew someone could need this much stuff? Luckily this was the last box.

Struggling to open the door, I paused to catch my breath and admired the plaque.

"Office of Detective Topkebab, private investigator."

My new life had begun.


Anikka
Anikka
Babelfish

Mar-21-2008 12:16

Looks like we're off to a wonderful start! Poor, poor Sophie, though... my sympathies.

If you ever time out while writing a post, just hit the 'back' button on your browser, which should bring you back to the page with your written post in the 'reply' section. Then, simply highlight your post, and log back in to Sleuth. Then go back to the post thread you wanted to reply to and paste it in!!

This has worked for me numerous times (I'm easily sidetracked) and will save those tears for something more earth-shattering in the future!

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-21-2008 19:22

3. The small box was as full as it could be. Perkins dropped it and lurched for the waste-paper basket, as the severed ears of Daisy Flanagan's dead lovers scattered across the floor.

The coroner picked up an offending organ as it rolled to a stop at his feet. Looking at the constable, he shook his head. "You were expecting jewellery!?”

Stooby
Stooby
Well-Connected

Mar-22-2008 02:35

I know I've entered, just a bit of an observation here but this was me on several of the longer contests we've had:

3. The small box was as full as it could be.

"Blast that stoopid 2000 character limit!" said Stooby heading back to word for some more cutting and pasting.


I always find for that reason, for checking my terrible typing and to avoid things like timeout issues that it's a good idea to work on competition entries away from Sleuth and copy and paste into it. Let those who've yet to enter pay head. ANd for those of you who haven't what are you wating for? A free subscription as a prize!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!

topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Mar-22-2008 04:42

LOL Stooby! I think that entry deserves a prize all of its own ;)

Personally, I prefer pen and paper, certainly for less than 50 words.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-22-2008 08:00

And while we're at it, Stooby that seems a funny thing to pay with... really folks it's free. Stooby's just err teasing ;)

48484848
48484848

Mar-22-2008 11:10

Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there’s no evidence. For this reason I was given the job of sweet talking him.
"So they sent a woman to tease me?"
"Don't be doing my job." I snapped. I was interigating him instead. My boss would kill me.
"Don't think..." I had enough.
"I'll come back later." I left angry.


Vampiric Smile
Vampiric Smile
Safety Officer

Mar-22-2008 11:17

1. Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there’s no evidence. How many lives has he taken? …he was no longer counting. His ART was superior, clean and perfect. The police never suspected him. Leo though of Tilly and smiled…tonight is her turn!
2. The small box was as full as it could be. His…trophies were in. Leo opened it and looked at the precious eyes! Those eyes have seen him performing his ART! Those eyes where the canvas of his masterpieces!
3. I never assumed the search was done. No evidences where leading to Leo! It was only the way his soul was vibrating!
VS smiled ready to satisfy his hunger for guilty souls
4. Tilly watched every move he made, ready to break out into a loud screech. The man in her apartment was holding a knife! Then nausea, darkness and the time stopped! … Was there a shadow over the man? Was the man disappearing in the shadow? Was the shadow smiling?
5. Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn’t talking. VS erased all the painful memories. Tilly will wake up like nothing has ever happened!
She was free to enjoy life again !


Aunt Pittypat
Aunt Pittypat
Well-Connected

Mar-22-2008 11:27

I never assumed the search was done. At least not properly. Stupid orderlies, they never did much to help. Another hour rummaging through the drawers and under the cushions I realized they were lost. I sat back in my recliner and surveyed the room. Where could my dentures be?

ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Mar-22-2008 11:55

Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there’s no evidence.

He learned how to do that from the best. He had brutally murdered two people by cutting their throats. He patterned the gruesome murders after a former football star. Although he had tried to flee in his white Ford Bronco, he knew all along the glove would not fit.


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