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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:55 pm 
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This will be thread in question for the microfiction that people want to produce to keep Ruwin's thread free of clutter.

And I'll go ahead and launch it on what I hope are some strong notes:

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Yet on the morn we wake to find / that mem'ry left so far behind.
To deafened ears we ask, unseen / "Which is life and which the dream?"


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:15 am 
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This was inspired by Ruwin's "you are not alone" prompt.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:41 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:55 am 
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Interesting. I seem to have started a little wildfire here. And that's really ironic, because I'm probably the worst of us that's posted so far at micro fiction. Still, I always love getting creativity flowing, and more than that, I love when people post things I actually feel like I have time to read!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:29 pm 
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I was hoping that the imagery would lead to one expectation, but the inversion would pack a punch. Sort of glad that I accomplished that.
I hope?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:36 pm 
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Some comments on the Good Barin's fine stories:

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Thanks for posting these!

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Some comments on the Good Barin's fine stories:

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Thanks for posting these!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:50 pm 
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One more...

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Sorry. :blush:

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You clever, clever orc. The clues were all right there staring at us. Wow.


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Slaughtering the Messanger


I might add some more description into this later...


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If we're making this the more general flash fiction thread, I might have something to add, either if the idea strikes me or between finishing up Night Voices and trying to run a M:EM Adventure.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:30 am 
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If we're making this the more general flash fiction thread, I might have something to add, either if the idea strikes me or between finishing up Night Voices and trying to run a M:EM Adventure.

My understanding is that this is just such a thing, so I'll be excited to see anything you post!


You clever, clever orc. The clues were all right there staring at us. Wow.

Well, like I said, I just wanted to sprinkle little hints without ever establishing them as facts, so I tried to keep it very, very subtle. And I felt okay being a little coy in this case because, while the question of who literally killed Jane is an interesting one, it doesn't affect the subsequent story. Everybody in the room is culpable in one way or another, and the question of who actually strikes the blow provides some character insight, but it isn't essential information. So I wanted to leave people to their own interpretations.

For my version of what happened, I think it reinforces how deeply Trotter cares about Jackie. He knows that Jackie has Jane dead-to-rights here. He doesn't have to do anything. But, he sees Jane turn on Jackie, and he just... reacts. I think it's barely intentional on his part. He just sees his opening, and he acts, because there is some primal part of his brain which is saying "protect Jackie," even though the rest of his brain knows that Jackie doesn't need any protecting here. And it's really the only act of violence he ever commits. Trotter is many things, but he is not a violent person by nature. This is the exception -- he cares that much about Jackie, and he will kill for her.

And, while I would never call Sax a "hero" or even a "good" person, he has his moment of nobility afterward. As much as he hates Trotter -- and I think he really does, so much so that he can hardly bring himself to use Trotter's name -- he also understands better than anyone else how Jane can twist people up and bring out the worst in them. And Sax, who has been suicidal for some time, and who has never been able to bring himself to raise a hand against Jane, even as he watches the destruction which follows in her wake, sees his chance to redeem himself in his own eyes. So, he takes the fall for Trotter. He reasons, why should Trotter's life be ruined for doing the thing which he wishes he had done himself? And I think there is a strain of vanity in there as well. Sax is tired of being seen as Jane's cuckolded plaything. He wants the world to look at him and see the man who stood up to Jane. He wants to feel what that's like, even if it will be a very short-lived experience.

Which, of course, it is.


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