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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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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.


Marmalade3
Marmalade3

Mar-23-2008 09:03

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

Ironically, he was an innocent witness to a crime with proof mounting against him, concealed by his enemies and preying on his mind like a ticking time bomb that could not be silenced. His black and white world was grey, greyer than the fog than seeped in through the docks.

lilangel
lilangel
Sleuth About Town

Mar-23-2008 12:40

I never assumed the search was done.

I kept searching the house for a clue, any clue. Alas, I found nothing. I knew that the police had been through here already, and needed to check to see if there was any evidence. I had met up with Leo while heading to the police station.

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

I continued on, and when I got there, I asked them if there was any evidence. The man behind the counter shook his head. I was devastated. How was I supposed to solve the crime with no evidence? I suppose I could visit Tilly about these rumors.

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

Why would she? I haven't given her a reason to tell me, yet. However, she was my only eyewitness. I've tried everything: intimidation, sweet talking, and bribery; nothing worked. She wouldn't talk. I started to write something, and she had finally moved her eyes toward my pen.

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

I continued to write, however, I had opted to write the questions I had tried asking verbally. When I got no response from her, I turned to walk away. She screeched. I turned back, and she moved as if she was trying to tell me something, and presented a box.

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The small box was as full as it could be.

For such a little box, it was a bit heavy. Tilly, then, handed me the key. This wasn't a normal key. Yet another mystery for me, to figure out how to open this box. However, I haven't gotten far in this case. I thanked her and went on my way.

Ariadne44
Ariadne44
Well-Connected

Mar-25-2008 19:30

" Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there's no evidence", but then what if there was and " Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn't talking" since she knew"The small box was as full as it could be".

But "I never assumed the search was done" since " Tilly watched every move he made, ready to break out into a loud screech".


There, hope that fits the rules


Rich J. Mayo
Rich J. Mayo

Mar-25-2008 22:21

Here goes. My first contest submission. Different stories, common theme.

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

“I’m serious,” said Raph, “Where’s the pizza, or so help me…”

“Easy, dude,” said Mike, stilling Raph’s arm with his nun-chucks, “you know you’re only making this harder on yourself, Leo.”

“You’ll never get them,” said Leo, “not you, not Don, not the Rat. They’re gone.”

“Teenagers,” sighed the Rat.

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I never assumed the search was done. My hound looked up at me mournfully as my partners returned to the vehicle. “There’s something awfully funny about that roller-coaster conductor,” I said. Grabbing the conductor’s hair, I pulled to discover Mr. Whithersbee sans rubber mask. He would have gotten away with it, if not for us meddling kids.

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Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn’t talking. Who knows if she would, after Patty was shot.

“It’s no use, Charlie,” said my partner, wiping his brow with his blue handkerchief, “she’s a wreck. We should just go home.”

I turned to leave and saw the shadow of Lucy vanish behind a fence. It just became football season.

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The small box was as full as it could be. They didn’t call him Sly for nothing. He tucked it under his arm and turned.

“You best leave that and let them go, Gato,” said a small voice.

Sly gulped. Was his nemesis really that fast? He opened the box. In a flurry, twenty mice raced home to their fiestas.

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

Suddenly, the walls shook with her howls. I raced to her room, but it was too late, and now I had to clean up the mess.

I returned to her playpen with some cleanser and a new diaper. No more Elmo for you, Tilly.


Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-25-2008 23:11

so great to see some new faces having a go!!

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Mar-26-2008 23:15

These look great!! Keep 'em coming, guys!! ;-D

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