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Not entirely certain where this one was going although I do have a few of the later bits in my head. Mostly I just had this scene so any opinions would be welcomed. :)

The Consequence of Loyalty

Illya walked out of the restaurant and immediately spotted the black sedan idling on the other side of the street, its tinted windows giving nothing away, the license plate carefully obscured by mud. Terrific. His grip tightened on the paper bag pressed against his chest, and the smell of delicious Chinese food set his stomach growling. Dinner was going to need to wait for a bit; hopefully Napoleon would forgive him. Hmm. Was it reasonable to blame Napoleon for all this? If it wasn't for his sprained ankle and his subsequent attempt to 'milk it' for all it was worth, including calling Illya to pick up dinner, then he wouldn't be here being menaced on this otherwise pleasant evening. So, yes. On the whole, there was something satisfying about laying the blame at his partner's feet.

Not that this was the time to consider blame. Abruptly, he set off walking up the street, ignoring the fact that he was heading away from Napoleon's apartment building. If the car was waiting for him, it was going to need to do a three-point turn against the traffic if it wished to follow him...which it promptly did.

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23 October 2015 @ 12:40 pm
I've had this for over a year-it's the seed of of something I want to expand but I'm stuck. Ideas for expansion and feedback would be appreciated!

Working title: Illya Woke and Yawned

Illya woke and yawned. He felt wonderful, as if he was floating on a cloud. Raising an eyelid, he was only slightly surprised to see his partner sitting in a chair next to his bed, reading a newspaper. He closed his eyes again. Well, perhaps he was a tad tired.

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23 October 2015 @ 09:47 am
If you don't know what that is then here's a brief explanation.
We often have stories or drabbles that just beg for more, and so do the readers.  This is where you can explore that expansion, post parts of the expansion or tweedle ideas and ask for feedback.
We've had a couple posted in the past weeks but I know there are more of you out there who just can't put down a story that you thought was finished.
As an example, I posted a drabble on Wednesday that had an open door for a bit more story.  I developed it and came back with what seems to have been a satisfying end.  If you missed it, take a look...
Some Regret (Expanded) ... the drabble is the first 100 words.

So, anyone need to do some expanding?
21 October 2015 @ 01:43 pm

And because you thought the drabble needed a little more (consider it a birthday treat ;)

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16 October 2015 @ 09:06 am

image found HERE

Everyone has that story, or stories, born of a drabble or ficlet that just needs to be longer and say more.  This is where you can work on it, get feedback or encouragement for the process.  If you've finished one then post it here on Fridays (other days are good too, but Friday is perfect), and share your brave venture into overcoming the Too Short Story Syndrome.
We're all friends here so don't be anxious about it.  We're here for you.
02 October 2015 @ 01:58 pm

Friday is the day we can post stories that are being expanded, whether in the embryo stage or farther along. If you'd like input or simple agreement that you're on the right track, please feel free to share.

So this one came out of a drabble from weeks back, and partly out of a failed attempt at writing for the previous What's My Line ("You're late. Again.") and basically, I think the problem is I started writing it and then started wondering whether instead of going forwards from the drabble I should have been going backwards. It's not finished, but I'd be interested to know in which direction(s) people would want to see it expanded. If any, I s'ppose.

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11 September 2015 @ 10:48 am
Okay, I'll go first.  And I'm not even sure this is the format to follow because we've not done it before.  I'd say that posting our unfinished stories as they currently exist is one way, and I'll do that here with this one that I've had taking up space for some time.  It has neighbors, I must confess, several more that need finishing along with some that require expansion beyond what was originally posted.
This is the follow up to Jazz at Nine, and I'm hoping that by giving up what I have of it will create the momentum to finish it.  Everyone is welcome to follow suit or refer back to something that you intend to follow up with a prequel or sequel.  I have another one started in that category that is the prequel to The Going Down of the Sun, cleverly tagged as Before the Going Down of the Sun.
What do you say?  Is this a workshop or a therapy encounter?  Do we make suggestions, ask questions and offer beta-like help?  Again, betas are available via mfuwss but we can always muster the ranks around here as well.
Like I said, I'll go first...

Jazz At Nine (from the beginning...)

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10 September 2015 @ 09:46 am
In a comment from otherhawk she mentioned her file of stories that needed to be 'expanded', and the idea struck me that all of us probably have a few in our own file cabinet that are works in progress, and in need of completion.
So, here's what I'm suggesting...
Let's make Fridays the day to celebrate our overload of story ideas and start finishing them, posting them and being done with them.  Start small if you need to but if you have that unfinished story, or the one that was simply a primer for a longer story, then get it done and post it on Fridays.  Whether it is the next chapter inspired by a PicFic, a drabble or just that idea floating around without a challenge home, then Friday is your day.
I know of at least four stories that I have staring back at me from my computer screen, how about you?
If you're looking for beta help there's always mfuwss You can post a story and ask for help, suggestions and betas on that site.  Don't let your unfinished stories languish in a heap of ideas, let's get them finished.
Of course any day of the week is open for posting new stories, but Friday is a day to shoot for if you have been waiting for a reason to finish something that has been delayed for some reason or other.
The topic is open for discussion, so let's fine tune this concept and start finishing stories.

*I'd like to give credit for this gif but I don't know to whom...