"Hello?" Kyrinn called, hearing his voice echo off the walls. "Anyone here?" Nothing but an echo. The catacombs were musty and damp. Kyrinn coughed. Various wrappers littered the ground, from tourists who had visited before. Most of them were candy wrappers, although he did spy an empty chip bag. The echoes had subsided, leaving an oppressing quiet. It had been this way ever since the giant wave had flooded the world above him, turning it into an apocalyptic wasteland. As far as Kyrinn knew, he was the only human being for miles. His hand touched the pack of cards in his pocket, his only form of entertainment. The cards were very strange; somehow, when he moved them to read a certain way, a random thing would happen. It seemed to be connected to the cards, but he hadn't figured out the pattern yet. He pulled the cards out, opening the box and laying six cards side by side. Ace, King, Queen, Five, Seven, Nine. He waited a minute. The sound of footsteps reached his ears. Scanning the tunnels around him, he quickly located the source of the noise. It was a young lady, carrying a book and a pack of cards that looked like his own.
"Hello!" she said when she saw him. "What are you doing here?"
Kyrinn wasn't sure how to respond to this, so he simply said "Living. Breathing. Existing. What are you doing here? I thought I was the only one left."
"Oh, me too!' said the young lady. "But then I found this haven, aboveground. There's so many people there, it's wonderful. Would you like to come with me?"
Kyrinn was a little suspicious of this, but he stood up. "Sure."
"I see you have the cards, too?"
The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:
Begin Start typing to begin
Event Your character is all alone
Character A dull roofer
Prop Include a candy wrapper
Words Reach 50 words
Letter Use the letter N
Event Civilization has come to an end
Words Reach 100 words
Prop Include a playing card
Letter Use the letter G
Words Reach 200 words
Event Your character travels into the future
Prop Include a rhino
Character An immodest inventor
Event Your character is being watched
Letter Use the letter W
Character An adventurous teaching assistant
Prop Include a tube of toothpaste
Character A sensitive fisherman/woman
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