Prompt: A Minesweeper Fiction prequel for Trish. (This is a background story for one of the characters created in our live-streaming activities.)
Most of them thought of it as tourism. That was how far their society had advanced; they could now look back at the drudgery and frustration of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as something cute, as an experience, like milking a cow or finding shark teeth on the beach. Continue reading
Prompt (song lyrics): He was strange and she was not in love, cause he threw the water after boiling the eggs, she felt weak and wanted to leave, he who lived on the land and had legs, he felt her pain and was sad too, he who lived on the land and had legs
He was strange and she was not in love. She could’ve been. She was prepared to be. All the stories in her youth had prepared her for the love she would find on land. All those stories came to her in big billowing bubbles, each detail adding to its bubble’s individual shape. She could recognize them at a distance, tell if the tale involved serpents or treasure simply by the way it wobbled. Continue reading
Prompt: Vampires and werewolves are exposed to the human population, and so the military begins a cleansing operation using their weaknesses. The story follows a vampire woman trying to live through the cleansing.
Life was nothing but painful contradictions. That was the the new truth they had to embrace. A silver chain would take your freedom, but convince everyone you weren’t dangerous. A necklace of garlic would dampen your powers, burn your skin, and mark you as an outcast. If you accepted these you wouldn’t be killed. Continue reading
Prompt: A story beginning with a dying character, bleeding from the mouth, and staring at the knife embedded in his heart.
His research results would likely never be published now. He couldn’t finish the experiment, couldn’t document things properly. All his valuable data would be funneled into an autopsy report. Dr. Clyde Trapp was soon to be a corpse. Continue reading
Author’s Note: This story was written live on stream with the audience bidding tokens (earned while watching) to determine the path of the story. The underlined phrases in the choice of three were the winning pathways. (This story used a different format of eliminated choices.) Stop by twitch.tv/blainearcade if you’d ever like to participate in our interactive fiction.
Tusked Hog Mask Slobbering Mantis Mask Shark-Hound Mask
For five days my body has not been my own. I don’t suspect it will ever be returned to me. Every human has a natural instinct to avoid housekeeping. I was very good at avoiding it, especially since I lived alone in a house I inherited from my parents. The living area was sanitary enough, with no visible layers of dust as long as you didn’t check between the cupboards or under the couch. Continue reading
This post exists as a guide to the first roster of twenty characters to make it through our interactive fiction activities over on twitch.tv/blainearcade. The characters were auctioned off to people who will act as the character’s ‘saint’, influencing the character’s future. Each character was also placed in a squad by their saint, detailing their role in our first big on-stream story and determining the level of risk they face. Continue reading
Prompt: The first child raised by artificial intelligence goes out into the human world for the first time.
Elta was the city of the future. All the signs said so, and they weren’t liars like the signs down in the medicine district. Even in its earliest stages it promised the world’s cleanest streets, automaton public servants, and a grand subterranean clock that would keep everything on schedule for all time, provided someone occasionally went down and scraped off the rust. Continue reading