Chat-your-own-Adventure #26: Anomalous nuts

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.  Stop by twitch.tv/blainearcade if you’d ever like to participate in our interactive fiction.

Burger Taste Test                   Ramen Taste Test                     Pancake Taste Test

The room was small and sparsely decorated, but even without many objects to hold onto the smell of pancakes and syrup was thick in the air. It was almost as if the scent was pumped in through the vents from an industrial-sized vat. There were enough people in there to add an element of body odor, but Ms. Mapple had the ability to weed that out in her decision making. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed Run (Rightmost Stratagem)

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‘Rightmost’ Stratagem

(17:3:22:10:34:55.8)

Bombi noticed the scratches she’d left in the clouds with her left hand were deeper than those of her right.  In her panic that suggested she feared the left pathway.  Hesitation would only bring her closer to not going at all, to staying with the cloudfeet, to laughing and dancing until she starved and they rolled her off the side like a sack of garbage. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed Run (Leftmost Stratagem)

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‘Leftmost’ Stratagem

(17:3:22:10:34:55.8)

Bombi noticed the scratches she’d left in the clouds with her left hand were deeper than those of her right.  In her panic that suggested she was already more committed to the left pathway.  Hesitation would only bring her closer to not going at all, to staying with the cloudfeet, laughing and dancing until she starved and they rolled her off the side like a sack of garbage. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed Run (Wreck Everything Stratagem)

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‘Wreck Everything’ Stratagem

(17:3:22:10:53:46.2)

She might never have another moment like this, with a bastion of authority frozen at her fingertips.  Here was proof of the rigidity of every rule that had forced her to live as a creature of the background.  Even with her dramatically arched metal eyebrows and stern expression, Champion Iuda still looked complacent. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed Run (Desk Throne Stratagem)

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‘Desk Throne’ Stratagem

(17:3:22:10:53:46.2)

“Too rigid to rule!” Bombi screamed at the faces of the Win State while they couldn’t scream back.  “Everything has to be one way doesn’t it?  And it’s your one way because you’re part of the one way!  Damn you!”  She wanted to keep screaming, she wanted that more than anything, just a chance to burn out loud after suppressing herself for so long, but there wasn’t time. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed Run (World Bottom Stratagem)

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‘World Bottom’ Stratagem

(17:3:22:10:32:46.7)

Before Bombi’s mind caught up she was already in the air.  Her feet passed straight through the grassy patch while it was simply a patch.  It didn’t feel like water, dirt, or even a light breeze.  The ground simply didn’t exist beyond what her eyes saw.  Nothingness opened up under her, an endless expanse of white space, causing her to yelp and flail for purchase. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed run (Orchard Stratagem)

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‘Orchard’ Stratagem

(17:3:22:10:32:46.7)

Bombi practically glided forward, right past the flickering grass patch.  She moved into the tinkertree orchard, only stopping when her nose filled with the smell of wood chips, apples, glass, and machine oil.  It certainly was an interesting combination.  She turned to ask Morphib what he thought of it, but he was clearly enthralled by something else entirely. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed Run (Shut Mouth Stratagem)

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‘Shut Mouth’ Stratagem

(17:3:22:12:58:08.7)

“I’m pretty sure I heard several lies,” she offered.

“That’s… something,” Chagrinn said with a slight head tilt.  “You definitely can’t rely on this crowd to tell you the truth.  They are the competition after all.  No matter.  It’s time I prepare you for your first boss encounter.  Walk with me.”  Chagrinn took her by the shoulder and walked her around the glade, which he kept referring to as ‘the arena’. Continue reading

Through the Bottom of the World: A Choose-your-own-Speed Run (Sisters Stratagem)

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‘Sisters’ Stratagem

(17:3:28:5:08:54.8)

“I will help you,” Bombi said, surprising herself.  It must have been the raw desperation on Twixit’s face that convinced her.  Yes, she had been part of the Win State, but she paid her recompense in suffering.  What good is punishing the wicked if I can’t also help the deserving?  Twixit was down there in the bottom of the world with her, flouting the rules she used to live by; she lived only to be restored.  “I really don’t know how.” Continue reading