Cycle 1 - Welcome to Inanna's Game
Setting the First Round!
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. 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 - In the situation, it was inevitable that someone was going to hit the edge of that plate. As the dish was rattled, the first thing that happened was that the red sauce splattered everyone around. The gasp of horror and surprise was overwhelming
- Snippet 2 - A flash of lightning and the smell of ozone overwhelmed senses. The sweep of wind chilled the body as it forced the grasses to bend low to the ground.
- Snippet 3 - There was a dripping sound someplace around, and it sounded a musical scale as if it were dripping along an edge and hitting different sizes of objects. The pounding of a headache kept any coherent thought from forming.
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 – Quiet forest trail, mist rising from the bracken on the edges of the wild areas. The trees are sparse but large, so the shadow is deep under their canopy. Whistles of wind are always playing sounds, almost like a song. The smell of crushed vegetation is sharp in the nostrils. Brackish water lies in puddles on either side of the trail. Just a few more yards ahead, the edge of a weathered footbridge is visible, but the bridge itself is covered in dense shadow.
- Scenario 2 – Crowded bar with lots of energetic people and loud music. Small tables where people eating food are crammed on the edges and in the corners. The center of the barroom is open for the milling press of people in garish clothes. The smell of bodies and spilled alcohol permeates the room.
- Scenario 3 – The zoo had wide paths and cleared vegetation, so it was easy to see the animals. Moving through the large zoo, each area brought its own distinctive scent. The animals were active, at least those that were active during the day. A soft wind ruffled the hair and brought other, more intriguing scents and aromas to the visitors.
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 – Sheriff, somewhat reticent, not really a glad-handing person who feels strongly about people's rights. He ensures privacy and is considerate of both males and females and has no issue with people's religion or color. He is not especially politically adept and has one or two politicians in town that are doing their best to undermine him. Retired noncom who retired out of the military, was decorated for his service but came back to find that his wife had left him. He took the job in a town far away from his home to get away from memories.
- Character 2 – Boy from the poor side of town, always in trouble with the law. Petty stuff nothing really mean, but the previous Law enforcement officer hated the kid and his family. The old LEO was connected well in town and was not exactly honorable. The man thought that padding his pockets was acceptable.
- Character 3 – Woman drifted into town, decided to stay. She used to be homeless but fought her way back and got an education. She actually passed the bar and could hang her shingle out as a lawyer, but it does not feel like the right thing for her to be doing. She decided to take a while and just think about what she wanted to do with her life. Her schooling had been paid for by someone who's life she saved when he was attacked in the park where she was sleeping on a bench. He regarded her as the daughter he never had, and when he died, she was astounded to find out he left all his money to her.