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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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Mitstux
Mitstux
Well-Connected

Mar-28-2008 13:57

Hello everyone!I thought I'd give it a try and participate in the contest too:).As I see , Icy Brit is here as well , hey Boss!So I will go for the first category , 5 independent paragraphs:)Good luck to everyone:) ***Dedicated to TIA and her***

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Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there's no evidence. Then, an old photo of a young woman was given to him with her nickname in the back.."doll". At that, he burst into tears knowing everything was over. He thought she was dead and there were no witnesses....

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Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn't talking. It was a bloody crime scene, typical of the Colombian cartel. The slit throat is their trademark. Suddenly, an investigator raises a small plastic bag containing some white powder.."You know what they say, drugs will kill you!"

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The small box was as full as it could be.20kg of the finest crystal meth all ready and packed, two mobs of Cosa Nostra captured but Inspector Fines couldn't celebrate yet!That was only the tip of the iceberg!There was war ahead...

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"I never assumed the search was done....
At least for me it wasn't...After so long,I feel free again my love! Your killer will never haunt you again!"
James put a white rose on Lisa's grave...
"I will see you soon in my dreams..."

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Tilly watched every move he made, ready to break out into a loud screech. Through his half open shirt and his unbuttoned sleeves, his mark of devotion could be seen; a real horimono. The Yakuza had found her and that could only mean trouble...


topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Mar-29-2008 04:07

Oh this is just too much fun, I have to do more even though I know they can't be entered!!

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

Leo felt her eyes boring into his back as he worked. The sweat dripped off his forehead and his arms ached. "I'll just sit for a minute" he thought as he sank down onto the floor, exhausted. *SCREEECH!!! Finish the ironing first!* Leo jumped up guiltily. "Damn parrot!"

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

Her supportive husband accompanied her. We were all concerned. What had happened?

She'd fallen down the stairs, apparently.

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

He sat calmly in the chair watching the others while they panicked.

Who could have committed such a crime?

Who ate all the cookies?!

Leo silently brushed the last crumbs off his fingers.


red_lips
red_lips
Well-Connected

Mar-31-2008 04:48

Here are my entries. They are 3 seperate entries.

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The small box was as full as it could be.

We threw it over the edge of the bridge and it landed in the water with a splash. A box full of love notes, memories and a bloody knife. They would never find the body, or that box, I hurried off to the airport, ready to finally begin my life.

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

I held the gun to his head and snarled,
“Either you tell me where she is, or this is the end”
He continued to smirk at me and I could tell I wasn’t going to get anything out of him.
“Goodbye Leo” I sneered as I squeezed the trigger.

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I never assumed the search was done.

This time they came rushing back into my apartment with even more officers. They’d never find what they were looking for because the corpse was me. Sure I had a new name and a different face but they could search everywhere and I’d still be sitting right under their nose.

Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-31-2008 06:09

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

Leo returned Tilly’s baleful stare, giving her his best ‘don’t you dare’ look.

He reached for the key… another second… and… it… would… be…

And then… “Raaaargh, papa’s in the liquor cabinet. Papa’s in the liquor cabinet”, Tilly repeated maniacally.

‘How long did parrots live for anyway?’ He wondered.


Vampiric Smile
Vampiric Smile
Safety Officer

Mar-31-2008 11:39

Dear Anikka we are expecting some comments or final results after the contest was over on the 11:59 PM server time on March 29, 2008.

Could you please be so kind to inform us ?


ctown28
ctown28
Tireless Tiger

Mar-31-2008 12:37

VS, please give Ani some time to get together with the judges before they make the final decsion, sometimes that can be hard to coordinate for them all to be online at the same time. I'm sure Ani is working on getting it done, please be patient.

Breitkat
Breitkat
Pinball Amateur

Mar-31-2008 12:52

In the meantime, perhaps y'all would like to peruse this. Hope you enjoy it!! ;-D

The small box was as full as it could be. Toys, bottles of bubbles, books, coloring books and crayons, stuffed animals, all were crammed in as tight as they could fit. I lifted the treasury from the upper depths of the closet, then, making one stop, I went off to go hide my trove all over the garden.

Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn’t talking. Could it be true? Whispers flew from children to adults alike. Rumor had it that this year, there was a special prize for one lucky hunter. Who would it be? What was the prize? A bell sounded. Everyone raced off into the garden to explore for Easter goodies.

Tilly watched every move he made, ready to break out into a loud screech. Mama said she was too little to join in the hunt, that the other kids would squish her. But she’d smiled and cooed a secret in her ear as she’d set her down to play. Now, she watched her older cousin Leo, as he hoarded his goodies from the others.

Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there’s no evidence. He’d filled his basket full of eggs and candy, and even a book from Great-Aunt Gertrude. He sat in a corner of the garden, and began stuffing candy in his mouth. He’d show them. Why should he have to share with the others anyway? Finders, keepers.

I never assumed the search was done. Long after others had quit, I knew there was still more to find. I sent everyone back out again. Suddenly, Tilly shrieked. There, at the edge of the garden, stood Great-Aunt Gertrude, beaming from ear to ear. She held up the bunny for all to see. “Happy Easter!” she called.


Secret_Squirrel
Secret_Squirrel
Safety Officer

Mar-31-2008 16:14

thaks breit :) it's always fun to have new posts after cut off. There have been some great comps where people have kept contributing long after the prizes were given out. :D

topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Mar-31-2008 20:14

A very seasonal entry, thanks Breit!

topkebab
topkebab
Lucky Stiff

Mar-31-2008 20:42

One more...

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The small box was as full as it could be.

I tried to stuff more in but, darn, it just wouldn't fit! I gave up, I had better take momma's advice.

Cash in hand, I went to the bank to open a savings account.

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