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by Timothy (T.J.) Perdue | Score: 5100

You are walking home from the office one evening, when a sudden explosion throws you down, causing you to strike your head. You are vaguely aware of further explosions mingling with alarms and flashing lights, but then everything goes black. When you come to, the world around you is silent. You rise shakily to your feet. Instead of the city where you've lived your entire life, you are shocked to see a strange and fanciful city that appears to be growing out of trees and living stones. A contingent of panicking elflike beings greets you and––in perfect English––apologizes for bringing you through. They claim they've been involved in magical warfare recently, which is straining the fabric between your two shared worlds. Disbelief fades to wonder and dismay as you realize you've stumbled into an ethereal civilization that exists in strange tandem with your own. Generally, the two do not overlap, but extreme stresses such as atomic bombs, earthquakes, hurricanes, and magical explosions have periodically opened rifts throughout history. These people want to help you, but their city is currently under attack, and right now you must flee. 
That evening the policeman came knocking on the doors of the neighborhood. The neighbors were startled and angry that they were in the middle of the conflict. My family is very scared and unhappy but that's how life is now because of the way the President put new laws in place. This new leader has been deemed a dictator. My family and I tried to escape the madness. Our world was turning into shreds. My parents both lost their job...

Completed challenges

The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:

Event Your character is all alone
Begin Start typing to begin
Words Reach 50 words
Words Reach 100 words
Words Reach 200 words
Character A childish pharmacist
Prop Include a box of markers
Event An important deal falls through
Letter Use the letter W
Prop Include a coffee mug
Letter Use the letter M
Character A stern judge
Event The air turns black all around
Letter Use the letter R
Prop Include a wristwatch
Event Your character loses his/her job
Character A somber builder
Letter Use the letter N
Prop Include a pair of safety goggles

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