The Chain Story
For the final part of the pre-contest phase, the 12 contestants worked on a chain story on the Fourth Fiction Twitter page. I provided the opening lines for the story at midnight, July 24th, and the contestants developed it as they wished, writing one post per 24-hour cycle. The chain story ended August 1st when a pre-competition poll was posted. See this video for more details about this pre-contest chain story.
THE CHAIN STORY
HOST: It was a dark and stormy night. There was a knock on the door.12:00 AM Jul 25th from webOMAR: The rain whipped in gusts against the windows. There was another knock. But louder. She couldn’t remember if she had locked the door.2:43 AM Jul 25th from TwitterFonCOCO: She thought of man who humiliated her last night. She hated herself for giving in to him. For enjoying it. Was it him at door?10:49 AM Jul 25th from webOLAF: The knocking stopped. Then the phone rang. She yanked the plug. It was a stupid thing to do. Almost as stupid as not getting caller ID12:05 PM Jul 25th from webFIDO: wasnt till knocking & ringing stopped she remembered she’d ordered pizza. Damn! Hot dogs again. While squeezing mustard, another knock1:02 PM Jul 25th from UberTwitterTUCK: “Enough pansying around,” she thought. She finished her dog, wiped her mouth, grabbed a butcher knife and went to the door.1:50 PM Jul 25th from webNORA: She looked through the peephole. A girl stood there, alone, soaking wet. She hid the knife in the wall cabinet and opened the door.2:58 PM Jul 25th from TwitterBerryIGOR: As if defying the slanting torrent, stripping the ancient sky gods of power, the girl stood unmoved in her own puddle. She was blind.6:22 PM Jul 25th from webISIS: Willow asked where she came from, who she was. The girl maintained a holy silence. So Willow took her hand, kissed it, and led her in.7:40 PM Jul 25th from webUTAH: Willow walked her to the bathroom, turned on the shower. She then fetched some of her daughter’s clothing. She had kept all of it.8:45 PM Jul 25th from webTESS: The girl took the clothes from Willow. “Your daughter is dead, isn’t she?” There was a pause. “So you do speak,” Willow finally said.9:17 PM Jul 25th from TwitterrificRHAE: “Just because I’m blind, doesn’t mean I can’t see.”11:17 PM Jul 25th from webCOCO: What arrogant girl. I bet she can’t see stains on bed. The tears. The struggle. The pleasure. Children think they know everything.3:28 AM Jul 26th from webNORA: “Yes, my daughter Sarah passed away four years ago,” Willow said. She noticed the girl stiffened. “Where are your parents?”9:18 AM Jul 26th from TweetDeckISIS: “They are resting with your daughter, waiting for us. But it’s not our time yet. We have a journey to go on. Thus spoke the oracle.”1:30 PM Jul 26th from webFIDO: Oracle? Damn this girl was a trip, yo! But willow dug her. So they left the next morning. On the road they met w/ a pack of thieves…3:29 PM Jul 26th from UberTwitterTESS: The thieves bound their wrists and began blindfolding them. “You don’t need to do this,” the girl said calmly. They missed the irony.4:21 PM Jul 26th from web
IGOR: A man tore the blindfolds off them. A cave. Weapons. Loot. Three dozen or so armed men. “This way”, he said. “Ali Baba is waiting.”6:45 PM Jul 26th from web