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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The Abysmal Biscuit
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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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.
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