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This is Inanna’s Game. A set of story ingredients, the challenge to create a story. Creative, invigorating, and fun! The stories you create remain yours.
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Each story remains the copyrighted material of the author posting the story.
Each story must contain at least one of the snippets of prose in the section. It is not necessary to use the component verbatim. Instead, the overall impact of it and its shape and presentation should be utilized.
Snippet 1 - Across the plaza, their eyes met. The crowd of people between them broke contact an instant later, but they both knew they would meet again. She was prepared, and he now alerted to her presence. Now things would get interesting.
Snippet 2 - "Children! Gather 'round. It's storytime" The small children had been looking happy, but now their faces took on the scared look the "Storyteller" had come to expect, a shiver ran through the packed small bodies, as they realized that another scary tale awaited them.
Snippet 3 - "I said, FIRE! Blast your incompetent eyes!" the Admiral roared. "Every craft that slips by our cordon is a threat to our world and loved ones!" A flurry of activity erupted on the bridge, as the irate officer added, "I expect to hear nothing but the guns firing,"
The places or scenes defined in this section also need to be incorporated into the story. Once again, a minimum of one must be woven into your tale. It is not required to use the component verbatim, but nothing that contravenes what is listed here should be put into your work.
Scenario 1 - They stood solemnly looking out into the vastness of space. It wasn't the first time they had looked deep into the freezing darkness. This however was the first time the darkness had looked back. The echoes of shadows seemed to travel with them. Afterall, cargo runs from planet to planet were lonely, but it paid the bills.
Scenario 2 - Distant stars glowed with pinpoints of seductive light, beckoning with the siren call of promised riches. The small group was enthralled, speechless and frozen in place on the deck. It was as if the universe stood still, waiting a sign of unknown portent. Just when everyone was sliding back into the here and now, a shocking explosion of light and percussive force, sent them scattering. Unsecured or tethered, it made no difference to their fate.
Scenario 3 - Balloons sailed up into the sky carrying letters from the entire class. Their teacher gazed over the faces of small children feeling a little nostalgic, remembering both the good and bad. This would be her last class and she knew that she would miss their open joy and fresh vision.
The characters described in the section are the third requirement for the story. You may pick one or more of them, but each character included in your tale from this list must act believably, given their background, stated appearance, or limitations.
Character 1 - Woman living on the edge, operating under a constant pressure of imminent failure and destruction. Determined to keep going, she chose to charge ahead, like running on broken glass. It may be only a way of delay the pain, but every second was precious. She had learned at a very young age that wallowing in sorrow or despair did not get her anywhere.
Character 2 - He was dressed in black clothing, and his expression was somber. Inside he was amused by the events that had just occurred. From his perspective, the opportunities for jokes and puns abounded. It might make all the difference to someone who was having a bad day, but that was one of the reasons he loved his job. Waves crashed on a distant shore, and all he could do was listen to the sea birds as his boat rocked slowly. The tension from the day's stress slowing dissolved, washed away by the rhythmic action of the water.
Character 3 - He was young, but knew the difference between last year and now. All of the adults were sad and tense and none of them would tell the children why. Deciding that someone needed to help the older ones in their community, he and two of his friends chose to start to play Santa Claus, even if it was not that time of year. Getting the gifts was difficult, but he did not think anyone would be too angry. Or, at least he hoped they would not.