October 2013

It was neck and neck right up until the finish, taking out the FAREWELL HIROSHI by a single point, lets congratulate Nathan Boole Nathan’s second win in as many competitions. Here’s what some of the judges had to say:  “Empathising with a video game character is no mean feat. Imaginative and very clever! Suspense kept up until the very end.” -M “…what really impressed me about this was the use of “dialogue only”.  It’s very difficult to convey emotion, tone, intention, etc… without being able to interject all those “she said, looking blah blah blah…” into the conversation.  Even a movie script will have direction notes between lines.” -A (on describing how much they like the story.) “I fumble to find the appropriate adjective.” -V So congrats Nathan. A blistering comeback …

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The people waiting for their turn on the outdoor chess board had no chance to move out of the way. As the knights appeared out of thin air with levelled lances, and charged at each other, it could have been wholesale slaughter. Fortunately, they seemed to have a limited range of movement and that saved some people. Even so a number of players were instantly skewered. ‘No worries, mate,’ said one of the knights in response to the screaming. ‘They’ll regenerate in a minute.’ Regeneration wasn’t on Claire’s To Do list. Mind you, neither was dying. Where did that fit into her wedding plan? As she bled out, deep crimson staining the milky white marble, the list became less urgent. With a sigh, she faded. Opening her eyes had been …

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“Sometimes I still wake up screaming.” “I see.” “I’m not sure why that happens. I don’t remember dreaming, and I can’t think of anything that could have caused it.” “Well… sometimes this kind of thing doesn’t need to be triggered by anything. In fact you can waste a lot of time and effort trying to uncover some kind of event or causation for an episode.” “Then why? I haven’t thought about my ‘adventures’ in a long time. Hell I haven’t even dreamed about them in a long time.” “Have you been taking the medication?” “Of course, every day. Well, almost every day. Sometimes I forget.” “Did you forget yesterday?” “No. That’s why I’m worried. I’ve just started to feel like I have a real life again. I don’t need this, …

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Your highness, would you know anything about the scroll? Mr Wizard of Weedsdale told me that it would help save the Empire from some… some prince of darkness with a pony tail. I’m just trying— I can’t believe the blond princess just slapped me in the face. She actually slapped me. I didn’t deserve that, didn’t deserve it, no I did not. Oh well, I can only do my best, always do your best is what my mother taught me. And so I run, away from this crap-stained city. Gotta keep running running running, gotta get that scroll. Mr Wizard smoked a lot of weed, like seriously a farm-load of weed but he knows his stuff. Mostly about weed. And shrooms. Told me all the different types, different colours for …

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“Ho, brother,” said the newcomer. The big man turned and grinned, “Ho! It is good to see you, clansman.” The newcomer sat down next to his friend and they shook the secret shake and said the secret words. Afterwards the big man waved to the bartender and ordered a scotch for his friend. The pixelated glass appeared on the ground next to the newcomer. He tapped it with his foot and it disappeared, replaced by a contented sigh. “I needed that. So what’s a celebrated General doing in dive like this?” asked the newcomer, feigning some good humour out of concern with for his old friend. “I could ask you the same thing, but we both already know the answer.” “That’s true.” The newcomer signed, his humour going with his …

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Three!…Two!…One!… ‘Huh!? Argh!’ Fight! Des smashed his fist on his alarm clock as it chimed ding, ding, ding. The glowing red digits read 7:30am. He jumped out of bed but tripped over his sheets and crashed to the floor of his bedroom. Ignoring the pain in his jarred knee he sprinted to his door and shoved it opened. He raced down the hallway towards the bathroom. He must get there immediately! ‘Hah!’ yelled a triumphant voice. Des tripped over his older sister’s foot, she had opened her bedroom door just in time. She started to run to the bathroom. He reached out desperately and managed to snag her ankle. ‘Oof.’ She fell to the ground. He pushed himself up and ran again. He jumped over his other two sisters who …

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Recently, I have been having a strange, recurrent dream. In my dream, I was sitting in front of a computer inside a small, dimly lit room. And soon, a woman would enter the room. She would stand near the door and started to talk. The strange thing was, I couldn’t hear what she was saying. I could see her mouth was moving, but none of the sounds reached me. So I ignored her. But she wasn’t affected and went on talking. This exact dream has been repeating for almost three months. I started to feel it was not a normal dream. “Are you okay?” a cheery voice startled me. It was my younger sister. “Must be a girl,” my dad said, peering behind his newspaper. “Is there someone you like?” …

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Lara carefully advanced through the mine’s caves. Ever since waking up on this island, she had been certain that it was the City of Atlantis, and these caves the remainders of the Great Pyramid that it contained. On her way, she had found many mutants and knew that behind every curve, danger could lurk. Suddenly, she noticed a small gap in the ceiling, carefully hidden. She reached inside and looked for a firm grip. Then she pulled herself slowly up. Lara was gifted with both a strong physique and formidable agility, which were essential features for an adventurer. She managed to squeeze through the narrow tunnel and reached the other side. Maya was puzzled; what had happened? The last thing she knew was that she was steering Lara through the …

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‘The dinosaur or the dragon?’ asked the vampire. ‘It’ll probably be the dinosaur,’ said the Player before thrusting a wooden stake through Dracula’s heart. The Player walked calmly through a pile of vampire dust. ‘Number 1,’ he shouted, ‘Come out from behind that barrel, it’s time to die.’ Zombie #1 jumped out from his hiding place and pointed a pump action shotgun at the Player. ‘Hi Player,’ said the zombie. ‘How’s things?’ ‘Not bad. Haven’t got past the tyrannosaurus in the ballroom all week though.’ ‘Oh, good luck with that.’ ‘Cheers,’ said the Player as the zombie fell with half of his face missing. Another perfect shot. The Player strode confidently through zombie blood and brain matter towards the doorway into a dim corridor. ‘#2?’ called the Player. ‘Are you …

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“For the 299th time I’ve told you what happened!” exclaimed a young man. Long blond shaggy hair covered his face. He was handcuffed to a table in interview room number 3. “Tell me again. This time the truth if you will, otherwise we’ll be here all day,” said a fat, bald middle-aged police officer with the nameplate of H. Clyde pinned to his shirt. “What the hell were you doing in our basement safe and how did you get in there?” “I don’t know. I’m telling you the truth.” “Again, from the beginning…” The young man sighed, resting chin on chest. “I’m exhausted. I can’t.” Sweat trickled off his shirt and down his forearms.  Officer Clyde turned around to look at the mirror behind him and said “a towel and …

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