Monday, January 23, 2012

On the Edge of YA Fiction

Raife clicked his blade open behind his thigh. He trembled but held the slim blade tight. His father walked towards him slowly, his hands balling into fists, his lips curling up into a smile.

Not this time, Raife thought. Not this time.

With an upward swing he pushed the blade deep into his father’s –

HOLD IT. HOLD IT. CAN WE DO THIS? IS THIS AGAINST SOME SORT OF ANTI-VIOLENCE RULES?

But I haven’t even gotten to the part where his eye pops –

STOP. REALLY? IS THIS ALLOWED?

It’s a blog. I believe… I believe so.

OH… ALL RIGHT. THEN GO ON. GO ON WITH WHAT YOU’RE DOING.

Okay. No. Wait. What about sex? Can we write a sex scene - later?

AS LONG AS IT FITS THE STORY. IT’LL GET A PG13 OR A 15 AND UP RATING IF THERE’S ANYTHING EXPLICIT.

That’s okay with us.

THEN SURE.

No shit. Hey that reminds me can we use four letter words?

LIKE GRUFF?

That’s got five letters.

SO IT DOES. SO IT DOES.

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This week we’d like you to finish the above story. Tell us what happens to Raife and his father. Deadline: Wednesday, February 1. Be thoughtful. Be creative. We can’t wait to see what you write!



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Posted by: Joe Lunievicz

13 comments:

  1. Good beginning, I can already see some possible directions for this story.

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  2. I almost forgot, should the 100 words be in addition to what you have already created or including it?

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  3. Thanks, Charles. The writing should be 100 words in addition to what is already there. You can go a little over or a little under if you want--we're not counting.

    Looking forward to seeing your story!

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  4. Oh wow. What a prompt. And that's some true micro fiction. I'll see if anything comes to mind ...

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  5. Raife shoved that knife right into his father's scumbag carotid artery. The blood spurted out like it couldn't wait to jump that skeevy-ass ship. Raife's only regret was that his father hadn't suffered. Not enough.

    Sorry. Couldn't resist. I LOVE gruff :)

    I happen to have written a novel with just such a topic.

    Looking forward to seeing what everyone else comes up with.

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    1. I love skeevy-ass ship. That put a huge smile on my face. - Joe

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  6. Hi there, nice to meet you - and fab prompt!
    I'll be back - fun blog
    Lx

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  7. I'm a teen. Just saying.

    With an upward swing he pushed the blade deep into his father’s almost completely exposed stomach. It was enough to get away, enough to run away. He had wished and wished for it to be over, but he could not bring himself to do it. He had to run away his hatred and pain. Raife looked back only for a split second. His father was gripping the red spot on his shirt and grimacing widely.

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