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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
30 Jul 2014, 03:47 PM | Post: #1

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Happy Halloween Drabbleathon

This post was last modified: 30 Jul 2014 06:19 PM by navlogan.
This is a fun drabbleathon that  we've put together, following on from recent impromptu stories by Nav, Chris, Bryan and Ava. Anyone is welcome to join in.
Happy Holloween.
 
I don’t know who originally came up with this idea, but I came across a RPG (Role Playing Game) plot in a White Dwarf way back in the early 80’s, so thanks and apologies to whoever came up with the concept.
The Basic Plot.
It’s Halloween. The local Haunted House is the location for a party being held by all the local monsters: Vampire, Zombie, Igor the Butler (Nav), Were-rabbit, you name it. They need party supplies, so a bunch of them head off to the local Tesco to do a drinks and party snacks raid. In the process, they also kidnap a check out girl and drag her home to the party in the back of their Transit van.
A call goes out to the local police to alert them of the party, theft, and also the kidnapping. They send their most trusted officer(s) <or most dispensable, depending on your viewpoint> to investigate. For those unfamiliar with police radio code this sort of emergency is classed as a 6-66!
The Stage
Think of Amityville Horrors haunted house, trap doors, secret rooms and echoing rooms. A nice dungeon in the cellar and lots of old paintings that watch you as you walk past them. Whatever you want to engineer your story is near to hand. There’s lots of cream pies, sharp implements etc.
The Cast
That’s you, the authors. Anyone is welcome to participate. You can play multiple characters, but each post must be an independent drabble in its own right, and try and keep continuity with whatever has been going on beforehand. That doesn’t mean that you have to join the storyline. You can make your own as long as it doesn’t negate what has gone before. For example: The shop assistant gets beheaded in scene 52, and then in scene 55 you send her off to rescue the little white dog that is trapped in the cellar. (you can’t. She’s already dead. She could come back as a zombie and eat the dog, however.)
 
The Rules
Keep in fun and play nice. Have respect for other author’s storylines. Try and stick to around 100 words per post and don’t jump the queue.
Occasionally, we might need to make some OOC (Out of Character) comments to prompt the story along
 
Guest authors welcome to pop in and make a cameo appearance. Just drop a line to be included.

*** slight change to the rules,**** Each new character will have between 100-500 words to introduce and set the scene for their character. After that, its 100 words per turn.
Offline TechnoHippy Reading One book at a time
30 Jul 2014, 04:35 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Happy Halloween Drabbleathon

Sounds like fun :-)
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Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
30 Jul 2014, 05:06 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Happy Halloween Drabbleathon

Thanks Michael. I hope it will be, and also challenging as you don't have total control over where the story goes. The stuff we've collaborated on so far has been very enjoyable to do, thus the interest for a new project. Previously, we've tried (and failed) to keep it to 10k total length, bt this one might be longer. We shall have to wait and see.
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RE: Happy Halloween Drabbleathon

I wasn't sure whether to include it on your short stories Facebook Page, but your more than welcome to.
Offline C.S.Bailey Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
31 Jul 2014, 05:45 PM | Post: #5

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN
By A.K Michaels, Nav Logan, Bryan Thomas and C.S. Bailey

(Ava) Nikolai Kairos - owner of the country house where the party is being held - and a real live Vamp! George is his manservant of over 40 years.

Nikolai fastened the ornate silver clasp on his black, silk cloak, fixing the ruffle around the neck so it stood up all around, framing the side of his face. He stood in front of the antique mirror in his bedroom, checking one last time he looked the part he was about to play. Nikolai straightened a crease in his black, dress trousers as his mouth morphed into an evil smile. Yes, he would do, he thought, as he turned sideways to check how he looked. Dressed from head to toe in black, apart from his blood red silk shirt, with his pale, almost chalk white, chiseled face, he definitely looked like a Vampire.

This was his favourite evening of the year, Halloween, when he hosted the most lavish of parties in his large country house. The invitations were lusted after and people would even send him expensive gifts in the months running up to him choosing who the guests would be. The cloak he now wore was one such gift. After all, each and every year he would attend the event as a Vampire. A small laugh escaped his throat at that thought. Of course he would dress as a Vampire; there really was no other choice.
Nikolai could already hear the slamming of car doors as there was a sharp knock on his door, "Enter." he snapped, never liking to be interrupted whilst in his private rooms.
The doorway opened only slightly, just enough for his manservant, George, to pop his head in, "I'm sorry, Sir, but your guests are arriving."
Nikolai turned around, "I'll be down shortly." he said and watched as George dashed out, closing the door behind him as quickly as his old bones would allow.
As the door closed Nikolai turned to the mirror once more, "Let the fun begin." he almost purred as he let his fangs erupt from his gums. After all, he was a Vampire.
 
(Chris) Fuck, the bastards done it again. Three dead in a matter of days! The same M.O and not one single trace of evidence. I gaze over at the window being battered with rain. The cracks in the rotted white wood framing, leak droplets on to the tattered beige carpet. I stride towards to the lead detective in high hopes that he will dismiss me from the scene, so that I can go home to my bed.
                        He sees me coming a mile away and a wry smile crops upon his ageing lips. “I take it you want to go home Cole.”
                        “Well I have been here for fourteen hours.”
                         Detective Jack Porter, used to be my father’s partner. His scruffy white hair curls from under his trademark baseball cap. Unshaven to a point, that I consider buying him a razor and his blue eyes jaded by years on the force. If he held a scotch in his hand, he’d be pretty stereotypical. I don’t drink at all.
                        “Go on son, get yourself home. I’ll see you at the precinct, nice and early.”
                        “Good night Jack, say hello to Ella for me.”
                        He smiles through silence and I pace towards that exit door before he changes his mind.
I run through the rain to my sedan and almost pounce into the driver’s seat. I switch on the heating and just spend a moment filled with deep sighs. Just as I turn the key and ignite the engine, I hear that unwelcomed buzzing of the radio.
“Squad car one-niner, come in, over.”
I reluctantly answer “This is one-niner, I'm just about to switch off here.”
“Well cancel that one-niner. We have a noise complaint at the Kairos residence that we need you to check out.”
“Isn't there anyone else in the area?”
“There’s only you, one-niner.”
Fuck.


(Nav) Hector limped up the stairs from the dungeon. Squinting out of his own good eye, he rattled the keys, searching for the correct one. Drool dripped from the corner of his mouth as he finally inserted the big iron key in the cellar door and opened it.
Behind him, he could hear the mournful screaming of the shop assistant that he had chained to the wall down below. It was such sweet music to his ears.
His hunched back scrapped against the wooden frame as he entered the cellar. Here is where Hector lived. It was nice and dark here, and conveniently near to the dungeons, should the Master need anyone tortured.
Hector grinned maliciously at the thought.
Hopefully, the Master would allow him to spend a little time down in the dungeons after the party was over, but he would have to wait for now. It was all hands on deck this evening, and with the butler not getting any younger, Hector knew that he would have to answer the door, while George was busy serving drinks.
He swept aside his greasy and sparse locks to the side of his head as he limped across the cellar and towards the large barrel in the corner. Here, he tripped a latch and released the hidden doorway. Hector preferred to travel via the secret passageways whenever he ventured into the rest of the house. There were plenty of peepholes that he could spy on the guests through, and doorways into places that he wasn’t allowed to enter.
He often snuck into the Lady Penelope’s bedroom in the night to sniff her scent while she was sleeping. Thankfully, her heavy drinking kept her from noticing. He’d even managed to peep at her in the bath on a few occasions. A raspy chuckle escaped his drooling lips at the thought of it.
If he was lucky, he could watch some of this evening’s guests as they frolicked and cavorted.
The big brass bell rang, indicating that someone was at the door. It was still early. The party wasn’t due to begin for another hour, but perhaps it was the Pizza boy with the food.
Hobbling up the cobwebbed passageway, Hector hurried towards the entrance hall.
A secret compartment opened beside the grand double doors and the dishevelled handyman shuffled out, reaching for the brass doorknob as the bell rang again.
“I’ve got it Mashhter!” he bellowed up the winding staircase, before addressing the door itself, or rather the impatient culprit behind it. “Hold ya bleedin’ horses!”
 
(Bryan) "Hi, hon, pleased to meet you, sorry I'm a tad early but I got a lift from my hubs as it's his darts night and he doesn't want to be late for the boys. My name is Campanula Cappuccino, and I'm married to Dick, erm Richard, although he's more of a dick really. We have three kids: Suppository, Genocide and Woodworm. I'll leave you to figure out what sex they are as we aren't certain.
I'm a part time book keeper and Dick works as a full time sausage knotter, great career huh? I also dabble in writing, I'm a self-published author and I write thrillers, my pen name is Cliff Hanger. I do love a bit of am-dram, I like to play deranged, pre-menstrual harpies - Richard says the part fits me like a glove. I don't think he likes women. Oh! And he collects stamps, so he's kind of a misogynist philatelist.
 

So... um, yeah, I do tend to waffle on a bit, this Halloween party? I'm dressed as a leather-clad, Goth biker chick, you know, the whole Suzi Quatro/Emma Peel/Marianne Faithfull/Siouxsie Sioux/Sandie Shaw vibe? Even though I've had three kids my ass still looks as good as Olivia Newton John's did in Grease, right? Anyway, handsome, ya gonna let me in or what? My ass is dying a death on this freakin' step.”
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