The LIFECYCLE: Knowledge challenge is in the books. Thanks to all who participated! So now comes the third seasonal challenge of the year, the second HODOWE (e.g. HOLIDAYS OF DUBIOUS ORIGINS WRITING EVENT) challenge. This HODOWE centers on PATRIOTS' DAY!
Here are the guidelines for the HODOWE: Patriots' Day seasonal challenge.
CHALLENGE: Write an MFU fanfic story regarding the ideas embodied in Patriots' Day. The story doesn't have to necessarily mention or include the day by name; just embody a scenario that fits the concept behind it. PATRIOTS DAY isn't an international holiday of course, but it isn't even really any sort of nationally recognized holiday in the U.S. It is observed strictly in the states of Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Maine, with observance also "encouraged" in Florida. Prior to 1969, it was celebrated on April 19th. Since 1969, it has been celebrated on the third Monday in April. It was initiated to commemorate the Battles of Lexington and Concord fought during the American Revolutionary War; so some general ideas for the challenge would include (1) the ideals of the American Revolution, (2) memoriam of those who fought for national independence anywhere and anytime, and (3) personal liberties. And of course the Boston Marathon takes place on this day and has every year since 1897; so there is a natural tie-in there as well.
STATISTICAL STUFF: Minimum of 500 words with no set maximum. (Drabbles are not incorporated in this particular challenge.) Must fit into the overall concepts of this community, i.e., contain no explicit adult material and reflect the 1960s series in style and content. Please tag your story with the hodowe and patriots tags.
POSTING: To this forum starting on Saturday, April 18th, and ending on Saturday, April 25th.