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FINE Word Play 8.13.14

Posted in Play — August 13, 2014

It’s the third installment of FINE’s twice-monthly play on words. Things have been seriously heating up on July’s story, so take a peek and soak up the craziness.

One sentence can take you anywhere, and as the momentum grows, so does the story. Tell as much as you can before one period, and visit often to see how your one sentence inspired others. Ready to play again? Let’s get going.

She grabbed his hand, their palms sweaty in apprehension, and ran full speed toward the train – their chance at a new start barreling noisily down the rusted tracks.

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  1. Busting through the crowd waiting for the 5:15, Max emerged on the platform to see the pair running hand-in-hand, completely unaware that he had tracked them down.

    Posted by Nick Nerbonne, August 13, 2014 | Reply

  2. Things always had a way of working out for him; Max had a pretty good feeling about this day.

    Posted by Verity, August 13, 2014 | Reply

  3. The twins turned around and giggled mischievously when they spotted him.

    Posted by Ash, August 13, 2014 | Reply

  4. Those little bastards are dead, Max thought to himself as he jumped off the platform.

    Posted by joe, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  5. Upon landing on the tracks, Max tipped his fedora down, flipped his zippo up and sparked a cig; peering at the befuddled New Orleans Union Station masses, he knew they’d never understand what he was about to do.

    Posted by Mehran, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  6. He’d carved eighteen notch marks into his forearm with his old army switchblade, one for each successful killing — two more would make it a nice, tidy round number.

    Posted by joe, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  7. The twins, Jasper and Laura, walked down the train aisle and chose an empty cabin.

    Posted by Verity, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  8. Just then the twin’s au pair Clara came frantically into the cabin, slamming the door behind her, “Don’t you two ever run off like that again!”

    Posted by Ash, August 14, 2014 | Reply

    • “Vous ne savez rien, vous caniche femme aux cheveux!” stung back Laura, amidst belly-gripping squeals from Jasper.

      Posted by Mehran, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  9. “C’est vrai, c’est vrai!” laughed Jasper.

    Posted by Verity, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  10. The Au Pair was about to scold the twins again when suddenly she felt a stabbing pain and looked down to see a switchblade with the words M-A-X engraved in the faux wooden handle.

    Posted by joe, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  11. As she grasped the handle, ready to pull the knife from her leg, the train crashed to a stop and the lights went out in a frenzy of sparks.

    Posted by Verity, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  12. “Well hello there cher,” said Max shrouded in the darkness of the the now muggy compartment.

    Posted by Ash, August 14, 2014 | Reply

    • He reached for the shaft of the knife and slid it out of her abdomen, sneered his lips in her direction and carved another notch into his arm. “One left,” he thought to himself.

      Posted by Mehran, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  13. The twins giggled as Clara, lying on the cheaply carpeted floor in a pool of blood, muttered her last words… “… run, you brats”.

    Posted by joe, August 14, 2014 | Reply

  14. They did not run though – they locked hands and started to enter what looked to Max like another one of their trances.

    Posted by Verity, August 18, 2014 | Reply

  15. “Now is my chance,” Max thought to himself…but just then the train car began to creak and shutter as it slowly started to rip a part.

    Posted by Ash, August 18, 2014 | Reply

  16. A passenger seat propelled towards Max, as he flung himself toward a handrail in an effort to not be sucked out of the now-gaping gash in the gangway bellows.

    Posted by Mehran, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  17. As he looked down at the tracks beneath him through the gaping hole in the car, losing his grip on the handrail and seconds away from a possible gruesome death, random thoughts filled Max’s mind. The Lady Vanishes, North by Northwest, Strangers on a Train.. which was his favorite Hitchcock movie featuring trains?

    Posted by joe, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  18. Without a shadow of a doubt, he decided it was The 39 Steps.

    Posted by Verity, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  19. As he held tight, one hand clinging to a bent remnant of what used to the be the exterior of the train car he was just inside, Max spotted the twins levitating inside the center vortex of chaos around him as if in a gray mist, and as he turned he saw his own knife spiraling back towards his head with deadly precision.

    Posted by Ash, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  20. Beads of sweat and blood trickled down Max’s forehead as the knife penetrated the outer layer of skin, ricocheted off the metal plate he’d had implanted after his unexpected plumbing accident in ’67, and fell limply to the floor.

    Posted by Mehran, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  21. Barely escaping death, Max glanced upward again — Jasper’s skin was bubbling and his head appeared to be rapidly expanding at an alarming rate.

    Posted by joe, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  22. Jasper’s mouth started opening (much wider than it should be able to) to become a gaping, swirling, black hole – Max could feel the pressure change and the air being sucked toward Jasper’s hideous portal-mouth.

    Posted by Verity, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  23. As Max unhinged his jaw and grotesquely swallowed up all around him, the twins tried to resist his pull but he was too powerful and they we gobbled up in a matter of seconds.

    Posted by Ash, August 19, 2014 | Reply

    • and by Max I mean Jasper…lol

      Posted by Ash, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  24. As the train pulled up, Max snapped out of his surrealistic daydream, laughing at the shear absurdity of all that he’d imagined transpired. He looked down at his snoozing twin toddlers in their strollers and whispered quietly, “Mommy’s gonna get a kick out of this one.”

    Posted by Mehran, August 19, 2014 | Reply

  25. He paused the bad Hitchcock film he was watching on his iPad and looked blankly at the carpet. I wonder what that dark red stain was from he thought…

    Posted by joe, August 19, 2014 | Reply