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  1. Culhwch

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    The Seventy-Five Word Writing Challenge Roll of Honour

    APRIL 2010
    Winner
    : DECISIONS, DECISIONS by Boneman
    Theme: VISIT TO ANOTHER WORLD | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    MAY 2010
    Winner:
    A HOPEFUL CASE? by Sephiroth
    Theme: Escape | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JUNE 2010
    Winner:
    Big City, Bright Light by HareBrain
    Theme: Transformation | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JULY 2010
    Winner:
    Consequences – Terrifying rape of yesteryear fuels a long, long siege by The Judge
    Theme: Disguise | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    AUGUST 2010
    Winner:
    Death by Mouse by Mouse
    Theme: Time | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    SEPTEMBER 2010
    Winner:
    End by HoopyFrood
    Theme: Seven Deadly Sins | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    OCTOBER 2010
    Winner:
    Gift by HareBrain
    Theme: Trick or Treat | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    NOVEMBER 2010
    Winner:
    From The Other Side by Karn Maeshalanadae
    Theme: Contact | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    DECEMBER 2010
    Winner:
    Ho Ho Ho! by Stormfeather
    Theme: Sacrifice | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JANUARY 2011
    Winner:
    Back Country by digs
    Theme: Revolution | Genre: Open

    FEBRUARY 2011
    Winner:
    The Song Is Life by mosaix
    Theme: The Song | Genre: Open

    MARCH 2011
    Winner:
    Nemesis... and the Death of Matthew Hopkins by The Judge
    Theme: Crime & Punishment | Genre: Open

    APRIL 2011
    Winner:
    Paradise Lust by Ursa major
    Theme: ...Happy Ever After...? | Genre: Paranormal Romance

    MAY 2011
    Winner:
    Elf discovery by chrispenycate
    Theme: Friendship | Genre: Urban Fantasy

    JUNE 2011
    Winner:
    How The Tiger Lost His Crown by mosaix
    Theme: Nourishment | Genre: In the style of Rudyard Kipling

    JULY 2011
    Winner:
    The Lonesome Death of Spirit the Mars Rover by Moonbat
    Theme: The Robot's Tale | Genre: Science Fiction

    AUGUST 2011
    Winner:
    Red in Tooth and Claw by Hex
    Theme: Play | Genre: Horror

    SEPTEMBER 2011
    Winner:
    Unbridled Lust by TheDustyZebra
    Theme: Behind the Scenes | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    OCTOBER 2011
    Winner:
    The Nightmare Merchant by Culhwch
    Theme: Nightmare | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    NOVEMBER 2011
    Winner:
    The Cust-Ogre is always right by Moonbat
    Theme: Redemption | Genre: Fantasy

    DECEMBER 2011
    Winner:
    Naval Engagement by HareBrain
    Theme: Toys | Genre: Steampunk

    JANUARY 2012
    Winner:
    Sadly Missed by springs1971
    Theme: What Lies Beneath | Genre: Weird Western

    FEBRUARY 2012
    Winner:
    THE DEAD CAN WEEP by Teresa Edgerton
    Theme: Devotion | Genre: Speculative Fiction

    MARCH 2012
    Winner:
    Make-Believe Wings by Culhwch
    Theme: The Uncanny | Genre: Magical Realism

    APRIL 2012
    Winner:
    Broken Things by digs
    Theme: Promises | Genre: Post-Apocalyptic

    MAY 2012
    Winner:
    For Display Purposes Only by The Spurring Platty
    Theme: Colour | Genre: Science Fantasy

    JUNE 2012
    Winner:
    Knowledge Gained = Innocence Lost by The Judge
    Theme: Innocence | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JULY 2012
    Winner:
    Standing on the Shoulders of Giants by RcGrant
    Theme: Justice | Genre: Myth/Legend

    AUGUST 2012
    Winner:
    Fairy Farewell by Perpetual Man
    Theme: Unrequited Love | Genre: Fairytale Fantasy

    SEPTEMBER 2012
    Winner:
    Monster Sale by paranoid marvin
    Theme: Dinosaurs | Genre: Humorous Science Fiction

    OCTOBER 2012
    Winner:
    Origin of Parish Byelaw 428 by HareBrain
    Theme: To The Stars | Genre: Open

    NOVEMBER 2012
    Winners:
    The First (and Last) Voyage of the HMTM Medina Sidonia by TheDustyZebra and Lady Jane by Hex
    Theme: Fire | Genre: Tudorpunk

    DECEMBER 2012
    Winner:
    Moscow-7 by reiver33
    Theme: Christmas | Genre: Vampires

    JANUARY 2013
    Winner:
    The Colour Of My Days by mosaix
    Theme: Changes | Genre: Cyberpunk

    FEBRUARY 2013
    Winner:
    Life by Culhwch
    Theme: Life | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    MARCH 2013
    Winner:
    Impossible Relationships by TheDustyZebra
    Theme: Heroes and Villains | Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

    APRIL 2013
    Winner:
    The Mewling by HareBrain
    Theme: Kittens | Genre: Tall Tales

    MAY 2013
    Winners:
    The Last Sunset by David Evil Overlord and A Mother’s Last Will and Testament by The Judge
    Theme: Legacy | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JUNE 2013
    Winner:
    The Needle worker by SleepyDormouse
    Theme: To The Ends Of The Earth | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JULY 2013
    Winner:
    What a find! by Glen
    Theme: Discovery | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    AUGUST 2013
    Winner:
    All the way in by Hex
    Theme: Change | Genre: Social SF

    SEPTEMBER 2013
    Winner:
    Searching by alchemist
    Theme: Listening | Genre: Alternate History

    OCTOBER 2013
    Winner:
    Unlucky 13 by The Judge
    Theme: Pleasure | Genre: Ghost Stories

    NOVEMBER 2013
    Winner:
    We All Have Our Secrets by Culhwch
    Theme: Secrets | Genre: Dectective Novel

    DECEMBER 2013
    Winner:
    The Mail by Tywin
    Theme: Faith | Genre: Science Fiction

    JANUARY 2014
    Winner:
    Changeling by Hex
    Theme: Cold | Genre: Dark Fantasy

    FEBRUARY 2014
    Winner:
    The Old Ones Are The Best… by mosaix
    Theme: Dance | Genre: Mythic Fiction

    MARCH 2014
    Winner:
    Talking Creatures Trilogy of Death by Starbeast
    Theme: Death | Genre: Fantasy

    APRIL 2014
    Winners:
    The Coal Miners by Cat's Cradle and ...but if you try sometimes, you just might find... by TheDustyZebra
    Theme: Encounters | Genre: Fantasy Steampunk

    MAY 2014
    Winner:
    The End Of Civilisation As We Know It by alchemist
    Theme: Alien Invasion | Genre: Classic Science Fiction

    JUNE 2014
    Winner:
    The Ballad of Mary Read by Juliana
    Theme: Deception | Genre: Historical Fiction

    JULY 2014
    Winner:
    The Beach is our Happy Place by Bowler1
    Theme: Family | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    AUGUST 2014
    Winner:
    Razorlips by Ashleyne. B. Watts
    Theme: Innocence | Genre: Science Fiction

    SEPTEMBER 2014
    Winner:
    Foreboding by Teresa Edgerton
    Theme: Anthopomorphism | Genre: Speculative Fiction

    OCTOBER 2014
    Winner:
    The Babayan by Hex
    Theme: Ghoulies, Ghosties, Long-leggedy Beasties, and Things That Go BUMP In The Night | Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, or Horror

    NOVEMBER 2014
    Winner:
    Snow Blight by Phyrebrat
    Theme: Open | Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale

    DECEMBER 2014
    Winner:
    The Gift by Victoria Silverwolf
    Theme: The Festive Season | Genre: Hardboiled/Noir

    JANUARY 2015
    Winner:
    The Call of the North by springs
    Theme: Choices | Genre: Love Story

    FEBRUARY 2015
    Winner:
    Two Dollar Special by telford
    Theme: Carnival, festival and all things Mardi Gras | Genre: Magical Realism

    MARCH 2015
    Winner:
    First Contact--Why You Laughter? by Cat's Cradle
    Theme: Urgency | Genre: Comedic Space Opera

    APRIL 2015
    Winner:
    Off The Page by Culhwch
    Theme: Conflict | Genre: Metafiction

    MAY 2015
    Winner:
    What a Difference a Day Makes by Victoria Silverwolf
    Theme: Departures | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JUNE 2015
    Winner:
    Bittersweet by Kerrybuchanan
    Theme: Arrival | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    JULY 2015
    Winner:
    Go Softly, My Dear, Go Softly by DG Jones
    Theme: Deception | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    AUGUST 2015
    Winner:
    96 by Cascade
    Theme: Authority | Genre: Historical Fiction

    SEPTEMBER 2015
    Winner:
    epocalypse by Culhwch
    Theme: Redemption | Genre: Cyberpunk

    OCTOBER 2015
    Winner:
    The Ministry Of Language and Linguistics by DG Jones
    Theme: Language | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    NOVEMBER 2015
    Winner:
    Highwayman: by StilLearning
    Theme: The Path Not Taken | Genre: Absurdist Fiction

    DECEMBER 2015
    Winner:
    Harbinger in the Smoking Room by HareBrain
    Theme: The Unexpected | Genre: Steampunk

    JANUARY 2016
    Winner:
    Sometimes Moments is All You Have by LittleStar
    Theme: Hair | Genre: Weird Western

    FEBRUARY 2016
    Winner:
    Tea and Clover by Cat's Cradle
    Theme: The Things You Don't See | Genre: Horror

    MARCH 2016
    Winner:
    Symphony From A New World by Robert Mackay
    Theme: New Worlds | Genre: Space Fantasy

    APRIL 2016
    Winner:
    Outsiders? For Now... by mosaix
    Theme: Outsiders | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    MAY 2016
    Winner:
    Tomorrow is... by StilLearning
    Theme: Tomorrow | Genre: Science Fiction or Fantasy
     
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  2. Culhwch

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    APRIL 2010

    THEME: VISIT TO ANOTHER WORLD

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    DECISIONS, DECISIONS.
    by Boneman

    Cast out into the darkness, he waited.
    The others did not understand. Could not understand.
    There had to be a new beginning.
    He rested in the darkness and made his plans. There were thousands of decisions to make, each one spawing another thousand decisions. Time was immaterial. It had to be right. Finally, there were no more decisions, no more choices.
    Yet, he hesitated. Then he spoke.
    "Let there be light."
    And there was light.


    SECOND PLACE (TIEBREAKER):

    The Dilemma
    by Mouse

    I asked for the world and he gave it. It’s been sitting in its box on the table for two days now. I know he’s expecting something in return. I don’t even like him but what can I do? I could open the box, I suppose. I wonder if I can squeeze inside and escape. Then I don’t have to make any decisions. I’d feel guilty though...

    Screw it. It’s not even a nice box.
     
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    THEME: ESCAPE

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    A HOPEFUL CASE?
    by Sephiroth

    My siblings: demons born of Night.
    Bound in the darkness, filled with strife,
    they circumduct ‘twixt walls so tight that none might percolate without.

    A maiden with long red-gold hair,
    with silver gown and aspect fair,
    lifts the lid of our eldritch snare, and into Gaea’s realm they spout.

    Anesidora! By thy wiles,
    thou hast bestowed on Man the trials
    of Sickness, Death, and other Ills—wilt thou return and let Hope out?
     
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    JUNE 2010

    THEME: TRANSFORMATION

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Big City, Bright Light
    by HareBrain

    Gregor Cockroach woke one morning transformed into a human being.

    At last. My lowly birth will no longer hold me back.

    His mother’s antennae quivered in distress. Gregor sneered.

    ‘There’s nothing good about being a cockroach! You'll not see me again.’

    He went out to join his fellow humans, to tread his ambitious road to fame.

    The streets were in panic. A searing flash, a mushroom cloud.

    ‘Oh,’ he sought the apposite human word, ‘knickers.’
     
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    JULY 2010

    THEME: DISGUISE

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Consequences – Terrifying rape of yesteryear fuels a long, long siege
    by The Judge

    A god he comes, and male, but not a man,
    Concealing brutal lust from jealous eyes.

    He strikes. Cruel beak engrasps her neck,
    Heedless of her pain as Leda cries.

    Pale naked body laid between white wings;
    Webbed feet, as black as pitch, subdue the ravished thighs.
    A savage thrust, and honour dies.

    Illium thrown down, great Hector slain,
    Ten years of war, of death, of blood-filled lies,
    For momentary pleasure in a swan’s disguise.


    SECOND PLACE (TIEBREAKER):

    THE FOUNTAIN OF FAIR-SEEMING
    by Teresa Edgerton

    Two meet by chance before the crystal basin
    Lavinia, neat and plain; wild Rosabella, her hair a crown of flame.
    Suspicious, Rosabella hesitates, for fairy gifts are unreliable.
    Lavinia -- breathless, ardent -- stoops and laves her face,
    And so acquires beauty to pain the heart.

    In rustling silks, Rosabella kneels upon the grass
    She does not know -- but will know soon enough -- the waters rinse away
    Disguises wealth, rank, and circumstance bestow
    Revealing what lies beneath.
     
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    AUGUST 2010

    THEME: TIME

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Death by Mouse
    by Mouse

    A
    life here
    is governed by
    a clOckwork mOuse
    who runs on the edges of
    our world. We
    live when he
    does. We move when
    he does. And when the key
    stops turning that’s it. Game over.
    Your mouse is old. He’s getting
    rusty. His wheels need oiling.
    His gears stick and his teeth
    are worn. Your time is almost
    up. Do you hear it?
    Tick
    ......tock
    tick
    .....tock
    tick
    .....tock
    tick...​


    SECOND PLACE (TIEBREAKER):

    Moebius, or, how to avoid an Extinction Level Event for the (n=n+1)th time
    by chopper

    ...still time.

    Here, grab these – ignore the skies. Come with me. Attach them to the terminals here – and then over there.

    We'll skip back: avoid it completely. Fifty years should do it; we'll be dead when it happens again.

    No, but it helps us. And then we can find a way...

    Standby... Initiate!

    Yes! – wait, we're still here! We haven't gone back far enough!

    Don't panic, I'll solve this, there's still time.

    Here, grab these -
     
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    SEPTEMBER 2010

    THEME: SEVEN DEADLY SINS

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    End
    by HoopyFrood

    They looked upon the ruins of the world, the last two people.

    “How-?”

    “Us. Only us.”

    There was dust and rocks.

    And then one bent. A tiny flower had defied the destruction.

    “It’s...beautiful.” He stroked the bright petals. A yellow almost too bright to look at. “I’ll look after you, little one.”

    The other watched. His hand closed on a rock and lifted it high.
     
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    OCTOBER 2010

    THEME: TRICK OR TREAT

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Gift
    by HareBrain

    I opened the door to autumn night. The Wanderer held out his closed hands.

    ‘Don’t choose,’ whispered Father. ‘You’re my last.’

    But behind the Wanderer were the shades of my brothers, taken yearly, and my sister, first tricked.

    Always the wrong hand. A doomed choice.

    ‘Here.’ I offered an apple.

    The Wanderer's eye gleamed. Desiring the fruit hale, he opened his Blessed Hand to take it; and my kin were released into life, laughing.


    SECOND PLACE (TIEBREAKER):

    Justice Exquisitely Sensual Undoubtedly Severe
    by Parson

    The day is ghastly dark. But it suits the job. Most of the Emperor’s men do not like this duty. For me; it’s a treat! I love to hear the curses and cries of those condemned.

    This one, disappointingly, says little. They said he was a king; still, blood oozes, death looms. It’s too soon for me. He gathers himself to speak. Hopefully, I listen. “Father, forgive them.”

    What kind of a trick is this?!
     
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    NOVEMBER 2010

    THEME: CONTACT

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    From The Other Side
    by Karn Maeshalanadae

    “It’s the only way, John!” Sandra exclaimed.

    John lit the candles and turned the lights out. “Somehow I don’t think it is, Sandra.”

    “By the power of this book, I summon thee to us, Baal!” the couple chanted until a voice roared and a flaming spirit appeared.

    “ASK YOUR QUESTION, MORTAL, AND LEAVE ME IN PEACE!”

    Sandra took a deep breath, shaking, and in a whispered voice, asked, “Do you know where my shoes are?”
     
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    DECEMBER 2010

    THEME: SACRIFICE

    GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION OR FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Ho Ho Ho!
    by Stormfeather

    Big jolly man, he brings festive cheer,
    Entering houses one night every year.

    Not quite the innocent man that he seems,
    He visits your children to feed on their dreams.

    He takes what he needs, his way to thrive,
    Without their youth, he cannot survive.

    Unknowingly given, a small sacrifice,
    Stealing some moments off each of their lives.

    He brings a trade, a sack filled with toys,
    Delivering presents, to good girls and boys



    SECOND PLACE (TIEBREAKER):

    15:13
    by Hoopy Frood

    My body was between him and the arrow. The moment it had left the bow, my feet moved to intervene.

    Everyone has their role, my mother said. That was a year before she stayed to distract a manticore as her friends escaped.

    He would go on. This was my end. I had known it all along, really.

    But just when the going was getting good.

    Screw that.

    I stepped aside.

    It’s my story now.
     
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    JANUARY 2011

    THEME: REVOLUTION

    GENRE: OPEN

    WINNER:

    Back Country
    by digs

    We collect absences: of water, crops, of Natalie now she's gone. It was all too much, she said, but she meant it was too little.

    There's one day, and it repeats endlessly. Nothing new. Just the silence of a land dying beneath hard skies.

    When the clouds come, I'll take Alice outside and we'll spin and spin until the red mud coats our feet and we can't tell rain from tears.

    And we'll begin again.


    SECOND PLACE (TIEBREAKER):

    What Goes Around Comes Around
    by Perpetual Man

    A watchmaker sits entranced by the workings of an intricate mechanism. In perfect motion the gears and springs move, hands revolve.

    What does he see?

    Within the synchronicity of moving time, atoms turn, there electrons circle the nucleus - within this heart protons and neutrons rotate, into the infinitesimal - the imagination - universes are born; galaxies turn within, circumferences marked by stars, around which planets orbit, where a watchmaker sits, staring at moving clockwork.
     
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    FEBRUARY 2011

    THEME: THE SONG

    GENRE: OPEN

    WINNER:

    The Song Is Life
    by mosaix

    They sang at his Christening.

    He sang in school, in church, at the football match and in the pub.

    They sang on the boat to France and again, under enemy guns, on a Dunkirk beach waiting evacuation.

    He sang at his wedding and they used to hold hands and listen to their song.

    He sang at my Christening and at my son's.

    He sang at my mother's funeral and I sang at his.


    SECOND PLACE (TIEBREAKER):

    AZARIAH
    by Teresa Edgerton

    They found him starving outside the town gates. Worldly folk, they thought of little beyond the accumulation of wealth. But he sang to them, and their hearts beat not harder but … stronger. So they fed him on scraps, which was unaccustomed charity.

    Always something troubled their minds, something their eyes refused to see, as he sang in that voice of aching purity.

    They were worldly folk. Twenty years passed before anyone noticed his wings.
     
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    MARCH 2011

    THEME: CRIME & PUNISHMENT

    GENRE: OPEN

    WINNER:

    Nemesis... and the Death of Matthew Hopkins
    by The Judge

    She watched as women were stripped and tortured.
    She watched as women were bound and flung into water, to float or drown.
    She watched as women were dragged, weeping, to improvised gallows.
    She watched.
    She waited.

    One condemned woman cursed the witch-finder. Another spat at him. The last coughed blood into his stone-hard, unrelenting face.

    The disease was slow. Agonising. Fatal.
    As Hopkins writhed and coughed, blood splattering, She watched, and waited.
    And smiled.
     
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    APRIL 2011

    THEME: ...HAPPY EVER AFTER... ?

    GENRE: PARANORMAL ROMANCE

    WINNER:

    Paradise Lust
    by Ursa major

    What a bargain! A few days' planning, a painless moment and in return...? Eternal Paradise.

    He suspected a catch. Surely they must be ugly, deformed? But he had faith and accepted the trade.

    Everything was as promised. He felt nothing of the explosion that tore him apart. And here he was in Paradise. All seventy-two of his companions were perfect goddesses.

    Truly perfect: they despised his twisted soul. They would remain virgins. For eternity.
     
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    THEME: FRIENDSHIP

    GENRE: URBAN FANTASY

    WINNER:

    Elf discovery
    by chrispenycate

    Subway eats token, blends me into homogenous stream of humans. Cold-iron turnstyle merely tingles, busked insensitive.

    Press of bodies, press of souls. Depression, agression, negativity. Through dull, aching throb, agony. Who? I ooze platform-edgeward, see girl, poised towards rails, awaiting wheeled oblivion.

    “Stop!” Snatch sleeve. “For daughter within.”

    “What? Who? How” Thousand eyes ignore. Train arrives, disgorges, reengorges, leaves, crowds exit.

    Sleeve still gripped. Five hundred isolated years vaporise.

    “A friend”
     
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    JUNE 2011

    THEME: NOURISHMENT

    GENRE: IN THE STYLE OF RUDYARD KIPLING

    WINNER:

    How The Tiger Lost His Crown
    by mosaix

    “Worm is the lowest and slowest of creatures, and breakfast for one such as me,” leered Frog.

    “You are but lunch,” hissed Snake. “I’m too quick for you!”

    “Speed is no match for bravery,” bragged Mongoose. “May I invite you to dinner?”

    “Bravery? Ha! You are a plaything, a mere bedtime snack,” growled Tiger. “I am the true king of the jungle, for who feeds on me?”

    “I do,” whispered Worm, “just give it time…”
     
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    THEME: THE ROBOT'S TALE

    GENRE: Science Fiction

    WINNER:

    The Lonesome Death of Spirit the Mars Rover
    by Moonbat

    Alert!
    Power source depleted
    Failure Imminent

    Backup Battery 2%

    Command Received: Recovery
    Return (False, 0D)
    Diagnostic
    Solar Panels (260KJ)
    Check Orientation
    Adjustment Unsuccessful (Solar Input < Min)
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    Return: (Errors Only)
    FR (Low Friction)
    RR (Irreparable)
    Stationary Platform Subroutine
    Initialise Radio Tracking
    Write aSurfacePoint
    sol2269 (1.0023, 0.03, +2.67)
    Compare (SPsol2268, SPsol2269)
    Transmit SPCompare(sol) Odyssey(xBand)
    Check Logs
    Travelled: 7730.48 metres
    Date: Sol 2269
    Backup Battery 1%


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    Last edited: Sep 29, 2011
  18. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    AUGUST 2011

    THEME: PLAY

    GENRE: Horror

    WINNER:

    Red in Tooth and Claw
    by Hex

    When they stop screaming, the fun starts all over again.

    My orchestra of agony, my percussion of pain (amusing conceit, hmm?). I, the artiste, conduct bones crunching, blood spurting. Such delicious sounds. That last, frantic gasp - so desperate you can taste it.

    Then he's home, calling "Where's my beautiful girl?", and I can't play anymore.

    Later, curled on his lap, his hands coaxing me to thrumming oblivion, I remember my orchestra, and purr.
     
  19. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    Location:
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    SEPTEMBER 2011

    THEME: BEHIND THE SCENES

    GENRE: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    WINNER:

    Unbridled Lust
    by TheDustyZebra

    Another radiant bride beckons, another virginity validation;
    I come to her, blah blah blah.

    Purity captivates unicorns.

    By day, that is.

    By night, in aspect of virile manhood with altogether different horn,
    I neither smell nor care about purity.

    Virgin or not, few women resist my magically sculpted charms.

    This bride summons in smug exhibition, and I cannot resist.

    I kneel, she climbs astride, I gallop away; her family applauds, unknowing.

    Just wait till nightfall.
     
  20. Culhwch

    Culhwch Lost Boy Staff Member

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    OCTOBER 2011

    THEME: NIGHTMARE

    GENRE: Science Fiction or Fantasy

    WINNER:

    The Nightmare Merchant
    by Culhwch

    The thimble-sized jars with neat labels held monsters, endless falls and other fears. One, though, was unlabelled; it wasn’t for sale.

    Each night he would open the jar and let the contents chase the waking day away. She never visited his dreams, and instead he’d bottled this, his nightmare.

    So, each night, though she died in his arms anew, first he saw her face, then they kissed their last kiss, and it was enough.
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011
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