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December CVil War: Stress Relief

Thu Dec 15, 2016, 9:00 AM

Only 6 more days to get your entries submitted for this month's CVil war! :love:

The CVil war returns in full force this month with a new prompt, and the winner's of last month's contest!  Every month, the literature Community Volunteers post individual prompts that pit the literature community against each other—for the sake of literature!  While the monthly battle wages on, you're tasked with responding to one of our prompts (and only one! You must pick a side.) in the hopes of becoming the sole champion, and winner of that month's prizes.  Read on to find out what December's prompt entails!

December's Prompt

For many, December is equated with stress. Whether it's the impending holidays, winter setting in for those in the northern hemisphere, or tests/finals at school, you may have reason to be stressed.  This month, I'd like you to begin your poem or prose piece directly following something that caused your main character an incredible amount of stress.  You can begin the story on the beach, showing us how your character is dealing with the aftermath of the stress.  Or, perhaps the character is leaving their school from their last final.  The story or poem must still have a beginning, middle, and end!

For added effort: Comment below and I'll tell you what stressful event your character must recover from. :D

Your maximum word count is 2000 words for prose, or 100 lines for poetry. Aww

The Rules and Prizes of War

The champion of this battle, whose literary work exceeds all others, shall receive:
  1. 3 Month Core Membership or equivalent in points!
  2. A reserved plot on the beach.
  3. A trophy in the shape of a coconut.

And a runner up shall receive:
  1. 1 Month Core Membership or equivalent in points!
  2. A trophy of an benevolent nun!

Besides the rules in the prompt above, you must comment your submission below by January 9th 11:59 PDT.  In your comment, please also include whether you'd like Points or a Core Membership if you win.  Winners and next month's prompt will be posted on (or just after) January 15th, 2016.

November's Winners

First place from November's CVil War battle goes to...

Last Fish Swimming“Gotcha!” Owen, the tank’s blue betta, bit down on the tip of George’s tail fin. The angel fish gasped and dashed to the far side of the tank. They watched as she hid behind one of the coral trees propped up in their home.
“He’s gonna eat her for sure.” Richard moaned to the little neon tetra beside him. The glass fish twitched and hovered, his pounding heart visible through his side.
“Not if the food comes. Why hasn’t He come back?” Sam swam up to touch the surface above them before turning about and diving back down to him.
“Who knows?” Richard shook his head. “The food won’t come and neither will He.”
Sam’s bright color flickered in the water as he wavered. He scooted back up, looking at the dark outline of the barrel poised above the water. He could see the flakes, some tiny bits dangling from the ramp above, but none had dropped from it since before the big one left. It had been days si

And our runner up is....

ArthritisDay 1
There is a white, powdery substance in my food this morning. I wonder if this is only the first time I have noticed it and if Master has been poisoning my breakfast with this concoction for months. It could explain the now constant ache in my bones that I did not feel last winter. Or perhaps this is the work of Master's small minions, which he and his housemaid call "the children". Those pesky creatures that look like miniature humans but continue to grow in size (rounder in the case of the male minion) through the years. I've yet to find the machine that created these demonic minions but I grow more and more convinced that they are the cause for this suspicious turn of events.
My growling stomach betrays me and I nose around the white powder, careful to eat only the unblemished pieces of meaty delight. I feel a presence behind me and my hair stands on end. I turn my face to see the housemaid watching me with a frustrated expression on her face

Congratulations to the winners! :clap:

If you'd like to commit a blasphemous act of treason, you can check out what doughboycafe has tasked her army with here.  Just know, you may never recover from the stress of committing treason.  Stare

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squanpie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So somehow I was convinced today was the 9th. Too late for me again.

One day I'll get things together and finish an entry on time, I promise!
JustACapharnaum Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
I missed the old prompt :stare:
But I'll try my best to do this one!
ErlenmeyerKat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, Thanks Brennen, it was a lot of fun!

I know I'm out of the running next month,
but made a goal to do each monthly prompt, and I'll still write it.
so stress me out! 

And thanks for running these, I'm really enjoying them.
brennennn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Thanks for entering!  Loved your piece. :)

By the way, you can win two months in a row!  That's totally cool, plus participation has been low lately, so I'll take all the entries I can get. :D
ErlenmeyerKat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
And thank you, I'm so glad you liked it!
ErlenmeyerKat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Really? Definitely count me in, then!
I, uh, didn't think I'd win so didn't specify core or points, so I'd say whatever's easiest for you. I can share the love with the points or experiment with the core so flip a coin. ^^
brennennn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
I've requested the points, that way you can choose what you do with them :D  You should get the core for yourself!
ErlenmeyerKat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I believe I just might to see what it can do!
JenFruzz Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
HAHA That was a fun prompt to participate in :D Glad it got me writing, however briefly. :D :D :D

thanks, BRENNEN
brennennn Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
YAY, I'm so glad about that! :love:
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