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Your Last Line - 1/5

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Re: Your Last Line - 1/5

Postby N.Chaos » Thu Dec 02, 2010 9:14 pm

"You still never answered my question".
He spat the words out in a mouthful of blood, no longer looking afraid or in pain; weariness was in every angle of his body, in every fiber of him.

"You never answered any of mine, I felt it was fair enough."
Looking peaceful for possibly the first time in his life, Alex brought down the knife again, his eyes never leaving Dante's.

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Postby sns3guppy » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:02 pm

Ari drained the last dregs of his mug and set the cup by his typewriter with a satisfying clank. He felt the floor subtly vibrate as the central air unit down the hall kicked in, and he inhaled dust-infested warm vent air as though it were the freshest forest pine. The battle all but over and hard fought at that, Ari gazed thoughtfully at the manuscript. No more rejection letters. No more different endings. No more advertising, no more holding on to the rent check to see if he would make it another month. He hadn't expected a best-seller. He didn't hope to change mankind. He only wanted to sell a few copies, see his name in print, and perhaps send a signed first addition to his mother. A book about a girl and a horse, nothing obscene, nothing to confuse. Nobody could object.

No longer. Ari set aside his thoughts for mom, and mentally shredded his next query letter before it ever got typed. No, he had the solution, and it was here with him all the while. The surprise ending he had so long sought still eluded him, and the literary prose he struggled hard to craft was still as far away as the Hope diamond. His hand quivering just slightly, Ari fed a clean, perfect sheet into the old Royal, and scrolled down an inch and a half. Pressing the carol all the way right, his fingers hovered as a cat with a mouse, as DaVinci over a fresh canvas. He closed his eyes, and began to type.

"Martin Lorry dipped the last of the books in the poison before setting them carefully aside to dry. Somewhere, hidden inside was the key to the antidote. Only the most studious of readers, having reached the end of his novel and learning they were about to die, would have the time, make the effort, and share the drive to pour back over their reading and find the key. It was the key, Martin knew, that would guide one lucky reader to find the vial under the fountain, and save their life. He beamed in satisfaction, and retired to his living room for a well deserved sherry.

"I think," he said aloud, and to no one in particular in his empty room, "I'll send the first copy to mom
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Six weeks later, Susan West opened the plain, manila envelope to find the novel by her son, Ari. "Marty's Revenge" looked to be a thick one. A little too thick for her frail eyes these days, and though she briefly toyed with the idea of flipping to the end to see how it turned out, she dutifully turned to page one, and began to read.

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Postby sns3guppy » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:11 pm

Muffy's toes unclenched the drenched sheet, and she drifted off to sleep, knowing the sex could never be that good again.

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Re: Your Last Line - 1/5

Postby sns3guppy » Thu Dec 02, 2010 10:16 pm

Tommy knelt in the dark by his bed, and gave a silent, tear filled thanks for his wife. He felt her shift, her soft hand brushing his tired hair.

"Are you coming to bed, baby?" she asked in a gentle breath.

Tommy felt electricity as his rough fingers touched hers. "Be right there, sis," he said. He struggled to stand, and quietly slipped from his robe.

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Postby candcross » Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:04 pm

Sgt Millens sighed, as the not guilty verdict mocked her and the murderer's child growing inside her.

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Postby Kipp » Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:00 pm

I leaned against the post on the back porch, I swear the wood post was starting to conform to my shoulder. Drawing in a deep breath, I pulled in the sweet smell of jasmine and honeysuckle. Looking out over the swamp, I was trying to figure out if the dew was settling in or the fog was lifting. The setting sun's soft orange beams were bouncing off the dark blue clouds from just behind the cypress trees casting a pink aurora across the sky that only Elizabeth would have ordered.

"See you soon sweetheart, see you soon."

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Postby Crystal_Clarity » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:35 pm

She thought it was sick people believed money was worth this. If she was in their position she questioned if she could do the same. She couldn't possibly bring herself to answer the question, but passing through the room looking around at the lifeless bodies, she knew one thing for sure. Her pumping heart beat had never felt so strong. And holding May she couldn't help but feel a sob working its way up her chest. May's body was warm, not cold, and not dead. She thanked every lucky star she had that this was finally over.

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Postby twistjill » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:53 am

And so it was that day and night were not as diametrically opposed as, well, day and night. Nor did they work in tandem. Rather, they existed on the same abstract grid of life’s experiences; at times, day intersected night at sharp angels and at other times, day and night rode parallel to each other.

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Postby Trissa » Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:44 pm

Bethany opened her eyes slowly. She was having trouble adjusting to the light. It was so dim. Dimmer than it should have been in the living room of the apartment she shared with Rick. Her last recollection had been of yet another argument. His whiskey breath filled the room as he ripped the book she had been reading from her hands. Throwing it at her he screamed, "It's time to face reality, Beth." He slapped her hard across the face. The last she heard him scream was, "Where is your Prince Charming now?"

"Lillith!," a voice with more tenderness than Rick ever offered breathed in her ear. "Lillith, you've come back."

Bethany sat up with caution. Her hand brushed against strange bed curtains. Putting her hand to her head she found long, luxuriant hair where a short wedge cut had been. And the man before her was absolutely gorgeous. A stranger, yet someone she recognized. There was a strange rustling of paper in the background. She peered over the stranger's shoulder only to find a fire blazing in a fireplace large enough for an entire tree.

Gazing up at Mr. Gorgeous, she asked, "Who are you and where am I?"

"The physicians told me you may not recall some things. It was that evil he-witch who hurt you. I am Lord Ravelle, your espoused. And you are safe at home in Castle Ravelle."

"And where is Ri...I mean...the evil he-witch?" The rustling of paper sounded again.

Lord Ravelle's chest swelled with pride. "I dispatched him to Hades where he belongs."

Looking down at her new golden tendrils, Bethany now remembered where she had seen her new "espoused". And she knew how this story would end for her. As the rustling of paper stopped, a soft voice was heard to fill the bedroom of a castle somewhere in the 1600s. "And they lived happily ever after. The End."

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