Finish The Story Contest - Week #50!

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How do we celebrate Finish The Story's 50th Edition?

With revelry and awards to every participant!

231 @steembasicincome shares awarded till now, plus 22.558 SBD and 154 STEEM, through the contest in 49 weeks!



What delights will the Bananafish bestow for this blessed edition?

1st place: 5 STEEM

2nd place: 3 STEEM

Popular Vote: 2 STEEM (Remember to vote for your favorite!)

All other qualifying entries: 2 Steem Basic Income shares each!

  • Only original story endings written by the submitting author as a completion to this week's story prompt will qualify for the 2 SBI shares. Entries will be manually curated by members of @Bananafish in order to weed out spam and/or content that would be more suited as manure for @Brisby's hazelnut trees.

Greetings, wonderful potassiumnite writers! It's your resident squirrel, @Brisby, here and I've a question for you all. What have I done to deserve the honor of taking the helm for our golden 50th edition? If your answer was that I bribed @F3nix with mascarpone topped figs, then you know me well. (Also, would you kindly remove your cameras from my kitchen?)

This edition's enriched rewards are in gratitude for the precious support of everyone who has been a part of the Bananafish journey. Please accept our sincere thanks and know that we've loved every minute of our time together!

Our story for this round is a delicious morsel written by @F3nix, Bananafish prophet and purveyor of fine tales. In keeping to our tradition of creativity and quality, he's given us a beginning that will set your imaginations afire with its wealth of possibility! I'm eager to read what terrific endings you talented writers of Steem can create!


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  • Share the love and tell a friend about the contest!

  • Join the Bananafish Realms discord chat for fresh updates and other amenities.

  • Vote, vote, vote your favorite story in the comments below!

  • Use the #finishthestory tag.

  • Try to post your story as early possible and not at the last moment (or after the results! argh!) to give people chance to read yours before they vote

  • Respect the dreadful 500 words limit! o_0

  • Help our contest & workshop to grow by giving it some visibility and consider linking back to this post in your entry.

Without further ado, good luck and happy writing, brave storytellers!

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The Abysmal Biscuit

by @F3nix

The awareness of the box's contents dripped slowly in Joelle's mind, coagulating like a graceless Rorschach's blot. Bones. Tiny tapered bones, standing out against the mahogany bottom.

The unusual item jolted on the worn chair, reacting to the vibrations of the old diesel-powered train. The convoy, the last of his lineage, still fulfilled its duty along the Brașov-Sighișoara route allowing students to return to their homes every weekend. To the rhythm of joints and sleepers, the whiteness of the remains continued to dance tremulously before the eyes of the young woman as the frames of her glasses slipped slowly from her nose.

In a tinkling clink of bracelets, the student closed the lid of the box and moved away as far as possible from it, crushing herself against the seat's padding. The lazy air of the air conditioner stuck to the bottom of her dry throat an acrid plastic taste.

And then she saw him. The old passenger had returned and was staring at her through the windows that led from the corridor of the car to the cabin. She listened to her own scream erupting and fill the cramped cab.

"I didn't want to scare you, young lady."

"N-not scared. No worries, sir." Somehow, Joelle managed to gather the few polite words her manners demanded. She could not have said how long he had been watching and if he had seen where curiosity had taken her. The glasses, temples up in the air, laid on the seat beside her.

The old man was tall and lanky, his burnished skin resembled the ancient scales of a dragon. Dressed in work trousers and a raw cotton shirt, he gave the impression of being one of those peasants whose families had inhabited the Carpathians for centuries.

Joelle's gaze passed involuntarily from the man to the funeral urn disguised as a biscuit tin: the representation of a merry-go-round in a lacquered colored wood and graceful workmanship. The children were swirling with their bent busts, perhaps because of the speed of the carousel. Their mouths were wide open and their hands clung to the poles skewering the horses. With a lump in her throat, she remembered the fleeting memory of just a few hours before, when a train was huffing at the central station and a gentle old man asked her help because he couldn't open the cabin door. She felt like something ruined down from her lungs to her guts.

"I see that you like my craft." In the silence, she could detect the old man's fingers caressing the box inlays.

"It's adorable. A gift for a grandchild?" Joelle realized only now that the object was his only baggage. In the warm twilight, the colors of lacquered wood seemed even more lively. The conifers thickened on the sides of the train, sliding quickly to the edges of her field of vision.

"Oh. A gift, says the young lady. Like a toy, perhaps?" The old man's eyes were two black bottomless pits. His gaze had slowly become vitreous like that of a deep-water fish, yet at the same time penetrating.

"Yes, a toy. I like how you see it, miss." The passenger continued, his voice getting thinner.

Only then, Joelle realized where they were heading: the train had just passed the old mill and would soon pass through the tunnels beneath the mountain.

"You may have noticed how I depicted all these children. Observe, miss, between a horse and the other: they are not alone." By pronouncing the last vowel, which he abnormally prolonged, his voice tone had become a slow and drawling rattle.

It was still too early for the wagons' lights to turn on and the tunnels were preparing to swallow the convoy.
A sound of nails carving into the wood tore the thoughts of the young student.



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Let’s raise a glass to @foffelius, @steelochlaver, @f3nix, @marcoriccardi, @anixio, @gwilberiol, @calluna, @ntowl, @dirge, @seesladen, @theironfelix, @letalis-laetitia, @vdux, @felixgarciap, @tristancarax, @khasa, @stever82, @brisby, @drazeus, @robinsonr810, @michaias who are already in the trail.


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Join the fun! Here is how this contest works:


  • An unfinished fiction story or a script is posted.

  • You finish it with your own post or a comment in the comment section. A limit of 500 words is recommended.

  • WIN 10 STEEM divided between the best endings + 2 @steembasicincome shares to all other participants.

The results will be out on Wednesday - April 3rd, 14:00 PM GMT+7 avg. (U.S. West Coast time zone). Submission deadline: Tuesday - April 2nd, 14:00 PM GMT+7 (U.S. West Coast time zone). You may vote your favorite story until the results are out!

A special thanks to @gwilberiol, @dirge, @tristancarax, @theironfelix, @raj808, @brisby, @maverickinvictus, @cyemela, @marcoriccardi, @hidden84, @calluna, @oivas, @ntowl, @f3nix, @felt.buzz, @khasa and @vdux for their precious delegations, making this project a reality! If you like this contest..SPREAD THE GOSPEL! We're grateful for your resteeming and word of mouth. Everything helps to grow together!

GOOD LUCK, BRAVE STORYTELLERS!

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Yes!

You've oh so eloquently,
offered up like sacrifice,
a slice of horror, a paradise,
of the macabre and beastly.

Challenge accepted 😉 Ya know I can't resist an excuse to let the darkness out. Give us a few hours and I shall write an ending.

P.s. Whoop, and cheers and all that good stuff for 50th edition of FTS. Nice!

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Oh, these are the comments we like! And I'm so glad to have you here after 50 weeks of stories my friend!

To the altar of Hades
I present my dark story.
Shall my words be your aides
in pursuing contest's glory.

50th anniversary? Congratulations!

Enjoy this 50% beneficiary comment, 50% upvote, and 50 SBI bonus units (out of my mgmt total), to help support your next 50 contests.

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Is it too recursive to share the steemd link to this comment as source for the image? https://steemd.com/finishthestory/@josephsavage/re-bananafish-finish-the-story-contest-week-50-20190329t152023442z

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Thank you, Joseph. The @steembasicincome has been from its beginning a great engine for communities like ours. I was there when there was just one voting pool and between the first sbi contest makers. What a long way.. Ad maiora!

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@josephsavage thanks for the patronage. This contest remains one of the best communities for fiction writers on the platform, and SBI has been an effective way to mutually grow together

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This is a great treat, @josephsavage!~ This contest really depends on everyone putting their best feet forward and helping out as much as possible. So a gracious hug and kiss to helping out and supportnt the @bananafish efforts!~ (Especially with SBI units being expended here to both sides~

Vote your favorite story here!

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Long time veteran of the self-vote initative, but @raj808 stole my heart this time!~

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I quite liked @adncabrera's ending.

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This was an insanely hard one to pick, in the end I had to narrow it down to those close to the word count... which actually now i think about is probably the wrong way to do it and damn outta time and dont know if it will be to late when i get back online later. Hmm okay so this forces me to go off memories of the plots, which maybe is kinda a better thing but will clarify in brackets in case i misremembered who wrote what

Word count rules: @dirge (the haunted grimoire)

more loose on the word count: @sarez (the royal huntress found) & @jadams2k18 (with that throat tear)

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I will start by the word count too. Too much quality to not keep it into consideration.

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That was exactly my reasoning in rethinking, that you would, but this was you can decide 😉

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Thank you, Sarez! Always happy to have you to the party!

~Bris

Very glad to have made this round, one hell of a prompt!

https://steemit.com/foxtales/@calluna/the-abysmal-biscuit-finish-the-story-50-entry

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Ohh let's see what happens when we join our obscure energies!

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THE DARK LORD RISES!!!

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A warm welcome to the most disturbing gif of 2019! Only rivaled by the inglorious (and banned) shaking yellow king!

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If it ain't banned, it ain't rivaling it!

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Ok, this is officially banned too!

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Thankfully this artist has a collection of gifs to horrify and delight 😂

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😂😂😂 also that of a week ago with the blood shower wasn't bad

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Lucky for us, we're treated to another fantastic story from one hell of a lady! 😉

~Bris

Yes, well, me too. Fifty stories, impressive! Now kindly place your fingers here.

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Thank you, Gwil!

My fingers can't resist clicking! What sorcery is this?! 😁

~Bris

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Thank you, Gaby! You've given us an irresistible offering for our celebration!

~Bris

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Thank you for joining in the festivities, Maparari!

~Bris

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With nary a creak, the door swings open. A sweet voice whispers from the dark, "Come in."

😁😁 Thanks for celebrating with us, Vasigo!

~Bris

this is so good @f3nix. Here's my take

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Thank you, Dirge. Having you celebrate with us is reason enough to dance! 😎

~Bris

Hi! It has been difficult to publish lately because of the power cuts but finally, here is my entry

https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@jadams2k18/last-trip-finish-the-story-contest-week-50

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Sorry to hear of the issues with your power. Here's to the hope that the situation will improve soon. 🤗 To know that you found a way to dive in and enjoy the fun with us truly means a lot. Thank you, Jadams2k18!

~Bris

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We couldn't ask better!

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Hi! My first attempt at this contest. Good luck to everyone!
The Final Journey

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Welcome to the contest, Pokerm! Happy to have you celebrate our 50th Edition with us!

Help yourself to a party hat and enjoy the banana grog. 😉

~Bris

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welcome!



This post has been manually selected, curated and upvoted by CI mod staff team. Supporting all posts that are in high quality and don’t get enough recognition.



This post was submitted for curation by: @theironfelix
This post was voted: 100%

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Yo @oivas! You're riding the right wave, it's nice to see you here for the anniversary 😁

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Thank you. Nice to see you too @f3nix

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Glad to have you celebrate our 50th with us, Oivas!

Here be me entry for this contest!!!!~ ARRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! (No pirates were harmed or used during the entire post~)
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No pirates were harmed?! I hope you're joking, what about those bones in the box?

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Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! We don't talk about it.

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Far beyond the mountains and plains, the familiar battle cry thrums the hearts of all pirates questing through the dark waters. They take sail, commanding their crews to triumph the wind and wet so as to add their blades to those of The Felix. From beyond the horizon thousands arrive, cannons at the ready, pistols loaded, and rum awaiting victory.

To their confusion, they discover no signs of conflict. Instead, simply a message, floating pristine near a cloud resembling that of a fluffy goat. Anticipating a trap, the pirates remain ready as the lookouts in the crow's nests focus upon the words.

(No pirates were harmed or used during the entire post~)

Realization washes away their anticipatory blood lust. Collective guttural groans slip from throats before a new cry fills the air.

"DAMMIT!"

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Well played move for first blood, Felix!

~Bris

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Hey, I got a great idea. Whenever you are free, we need to totally cowrite a story were we have pirates set sail for blood but then find out that the "X" that marked the spot really wasn't the meeting place. But then plot twist it on a cliffhanger for an actual fight in a giant cave with some Seven Seas dæmon creature.

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Now that will be fun! (Though I'm going to sneek in at least one skeleton pirate fight, you know. 😉)

~Bris

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Maybe if the next week of FTS will allow me to have pirates now... (:p)

Here is my entry 🙂:

The Bone Merry-Go-Round
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The celebration of our 50th edition wouldn't feel complete without another of your thrilling tales, Raj!

~Bris

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Can't wait for tomorrow to take my time and read it with calm (sipping some rum maybe).

Hello!
Congratulations on the 50th anniversary!
I celebrate with you!
My entry:

https://steemit.com/contest/@adncabrera/myendforfinishthestorycontest-week50-bixn5g6us2


Good luck to you all!

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Thank you kindly, Adncabrera! We're thrilled to have you join in the festivities with us! 🎉😎

~Bris

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"Bananito" es bien bonito!
Jeje...

I'm late on resteeming and voting. Please, go easy on the punishments. I've been busy with research and ... umm ... gaming 8-). I'm very excited to see my project take off for all who are involved. It's a lot of work to come up with a business plan. Geeze. Anyways...

So the first part from the man himself. Nice!

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How could I exempt myself from writing the 50th? I went a bit classic, I hope you liked it 🙃

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I loves it @f3nix. The contest is 50 part long? Mannn... We have come a long way!! 😊

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Damn right we did! Almost every week for 50 weeks (we got 2 or 3 breaks not more). Tanks to you and everyone making this community unique 😎👍

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Thanks to you too @f3nix for creating a unique community in the first place. 😊

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Hey~ Everything's in italics here, so can I get an uuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!~

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Brisby dances in joy, thankful for the assist! 🌷

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Oh, shit. I'm late. Well ... damn. Moving on.

Horror. I got something for you.

https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@tristancarax/the-abysmal-biscuit

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Well, I'm the last one who can chide anyone on being late. And a good horror story is worth the wait. Thanks, Tristan!

~Bris