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Writing a chain story together – your turn

I’m not teaching at the moment – I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy’s course Write a Prize Winning Story last week.

I am already missing the whiteboard and the pleasure of sharing language and story and the zaps of surprise that other people’s imagination spring on you. So, to help me feel less homesick, I hope you will join with me in writing a story together.
Short story image
The rules

The story starts with my opening below.
You can ignore the photograph above.

I’ll try to find an ending late on Sunday November 15th (unless someone beats me to it and comes up with something brilliant).  You fill in the rest. Maximum TWO sentences at a time.

You can have as many turns as you like but they can’t be consecutive – in other words you have to wait for someone else to contribute before you add to the story again.

You can twist and turn the story anyway you like, but do read what’s gone before…

She studied the face as pale as fish blood and swallowed. ‘Yes, all right, yes,’ she said.

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30 comments on “Writing a chain story together – your turn

  1. Danny Kemp
    November 9, 2015

    “I’ll do it, but I have my own reputation to consider.”

  2. glenavailable
    November 9, 2015

    Getting up close and personal with cadavers hadn’t been a part of her medical degree she’d been particuarly looking forward to, but probably no less so than the 90 minute drive each way along the crowded interstate she’d had to endure for the last 5 years every day to make her dream a reality. She conjured happy thoughts – specifically picturing herself astride the university’s eleven million dollar electron microscope the following morning- took a deep breath and activated the shiny silver not to mention magnificently sterile electric bone saw.

  3. David Keane
    November 9, 2015

    Her heart told her it was the wrong thing to do, that this was a person, IS a person but her head told her she had to fund her studies somehow. She gulped her thoughts down as the blade made contact with the cold flesh on the table in front of her.

  4. The Story Reading Ape
    November 9, 2015

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    Not NaNo-ing but want to exercise your writing muscles?
    Join Bridget’s chain story challenge:D

  5. Patricia Salamone
    November 9, 2015

    As the blade connected a blood curdling scream came from the open twisted mouth.

  6. Helen Joy
    November 9, 2015

    Her hands shook as the saw juddered through bone. she swallowed down the fear of bursting organs and completely destroying the body in front of her and continued until she had completely split the sternum.

  7. Phillip T Stephens
    November 9, 2015

    “The body was screaming and you cut it to pieces anyway?” the constable asked, his face white, as though ready to lose his lunch.
    “He wasn’t alive, it was gas escaping,” she assured him, hoping she wasn’t rationalizing when she said it.

  8. Pat Burt
    November 9, 2015

    I’ll do it. But promise me this will be the last time you ask.

  9. Emily Gmitter
    November 9, 2015

    After all, she had smelled the nauseating smell of methane gas when her blade invaded the skin, when her fear blocked out all sound. But the constable did not seem to be listening to her, he was busy…..

  10. Deborah Stolzenburg
    November 9, 2015

    The screaming stopped and his eyes fixed on Susan as she cranked apart his chest…the bloody cavity revealed an orb, translucent purple and umber, pulsating and fleshy but definitely not a human heart…His rasping voice spoke to her, ” Now you know my secret there’s no going back…now you have to help me! “

  11. Deborah Stolzenburg
    November 9, 2015

    Watching her assistant tie down the new body that had come in..”so tell me, ” he asked, “why do you have to tie them down? She ignored his question and handed him a piece of paper…”give this to your commander and tell him to call that number, now if you’ll excuse me I have work to do!”

  12. sepultura13
    November 9, 2015

    Now comes the more difficult part of the task…she steadies her hands as they reach towards the pulsating, translucent orb; hesitating briefly, she grabs it.

  13. Deborah Stolzenburg
    November 9, 2015

    “Carefully! His warning came too late…Susan was thrown across the room as soon as her hands had made contact with the orb.

  14. Rosemary Allix
    November 9, 2015

    Picking herself up she strode back towards the table, suddenly she was no longer nervous, now she was white hot angry. “OK so that’s how you want to play it,” she muttered through clenched teeth, “Well two can play at getting rough.”

  15. glenavailable
    November 9, 2015

    Susan – who had once seriously considered a life on the pro putt putt golf circuit but had decided that becoming a doctor would provide her with infinitely more social gravitas, thereby helping to make the right impression in the minds of her uber conservative prospective Austrian inlaws – resolved then and there that no two bit purple orb was going to get the better of her. She would not see her cherished dreams of graduation washed down the stainless steel, disinfected sinkhole anymore than she would permit the dirty little secret of the assorted loose skittles down the back of her couch back in her apartment to sully her industrially manufactured ‘neatfreak’ reputation.

    • Gail
      November 10, 2015

      The young constable, green now in more ways than one, continued his painfully slow scribing of the white-coated woman’s statement; he had only taken charge of one call-out before and that had been a simple case of a shoplifting old lady. The formidable female in front of him tonight, carried a much more complex set of details to be processed and unravelled; he caught the flash of the shutters coming down on any details not favourable to her and steeled himself for the first lie.

  16. Phillip T Stephens
    November 10, 2015

    Both the Constable and the ME were so absorbed in their personal psychodramas that neither noticed the fourth left phalange, otherwise known as the victim’s ring finger, slip away from the body and creep off the examining table. Under the psychic control of the orb, the phalange was capable of emitting an EMP pulse strong enough to disable the electronic devices in the building (among its many capabilities), leading this story down yet another wormhole of misdirection.

  17. glenavailable
    November 11, 2015

    Doing its level best to emulate the telekinetic highjinks of the shattering-lightbulb-in-the-showers scene from the original and by far the best film version of CARRIE, the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-scheming and most definitely all-purple orb instantly cut power to the college anatomy lab, casting it and everyone there into an inky, impenetrable darkness that immediately began to take a stranglehold and somehow commence squeezing the life out of the room. Having only seen the eminently limp 2013 remake of CARRIE, both Susan and the young constable remained suitably unspooked and knew just what to do next.

    • Gail
      November 11, 2015

      He switched on his torch and she screamed: the one chink in Miss Neatfreak’s armour was sudden light flash. Startled by this vulnerability giveaway, the constable jumped to his feet; the torch beam caught the edge of the steel sink and the glinting orb resolutely edging to a point where it could better control the rest of the cadaver — already a shoulder was lifting and a hip beginning to swivel.

  18. glenavailable
    November 11, 2015

    The sparkling 24 carat and aptly named blood diamonds hidden within the cadver’s chest cavity were the real target of the orb’s grasping, telekinetic intentions. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but with Susan just moments away from stumbling upon this most prized but also very obviously smuggled ‘treasure chest’, a moral dilema not listed in the most recent hard cover edition of the Medical Almanac would fully test not only the very future of Susan’s burgeoning doctoring career, but also the still-only-baby-steps developing investigative abilities of this most youngish of constables.

    • Zoe
      November 11, 2015

      All very good, but this one’s my favorite! Nicely played!

      • glenavailable
        November 14, 2015

        Thanks Zoe and it’s been enjoyable the short time it lasted but unfortunately this November the 11th entry may have been the kiss of death for the story since only the ghostwriters have lined up since then.

      • bridget whelan
        November 14, 2015

        Your turn Zoe!

  19. Zoe
    November 11, 2015

    Reblogged this on The Life & Times of Zoe the Fabulous Feline and commented:
    Fun challenge and great “entries”! A group of musician friends and I used to write chain songs and it was a blast. 🙂

  20. Gail
    November 16, 2015

    What a shame, is tale terrorism rife? Is there a word for kidnapping a chain story? I’m new to this world, my first timid ‘baby steps’ . Does Blognap exist? Shall I never know whaT happened to the cadaver or whether good old fashioned plodding conquered all?

    • Deborah Stolzenburg
      November 16, 2015

      I’m knew to it too Gail and feel as you..is it ok to ignore some bits of story and keep whichever thread of the story we like going? Sad was really rather enjoying it?

      • bridget whelan
        November 16, 2015

        Shall we keep it going? Or should we start a new one?

    • bridget whelan
      November 16, 2015

      When I get a chance later today I am going to write it all up and then my thought was to add an ending – what I don’t know. But would you like to continue it?

  21. Deborah Stolzenburg
    November 16, 2015

    I think start a new one..but it would be have an ending to this one too….

    • Gail
      November 19, 2015

      I agree with Deborah. Thank you , Bridget.

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