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What Will You Write? #3 – I, Elephant

The winner of #2 has been decided, so now it’s time for our third edition, and it’s a very different one.

What Will You Write? is a series of writing challenges that I am posting every one or two weeks.  How it works is, I post the beginning of a scene and give you the genre or theme.  You finish the scene and post it on your blog. Please read the challenge page for more information and past winners. The rules are simple:

  • First, read what I’ve written.
  • Second, copy it and finish writing the scene.  Please keep your portion of the writing at less than 1,000 words.
  • Then, post your story to your blog.
  • Make sure you link back to this post so others can come and join in.
  • Make a post in the comments below with a link back to your post (it’s likely that if you use WordPress, there’ll be a pingback, but please leave a comment with the link nevertheless).

The deadline is about 5 days from today.  Let’s make that 3:00 pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on June 14th.  I’ll be going to bed after that time, so I can give you some leeway if you post it within 5 or 6 hours after that deadline.  But after that, I need to judge.

After the deadline, I’ll read all of the entries and decide on who I think wrote the best scene.  Originality is very important.  I will judge it based on which one grabs my attention the most.  Once I’ve decided, I’ll post the winning story with a link back to the writer’s original post.  After that, I’ll include links back to everyone else’s entry so you can see what everyone wrote.  The winner will have the opportunity to write their own prompt and be a guest judge if they want.

This week’s theme is not a genre.  It’s a very specific theme.  There are some rules to this one.  First, it must be written in first person point of view. Second, the narrating character is an animal.  So, what you’re going to be doing is writing a story from the point of view of an animal, entering its mind and giving it human-like thoughts.  The animal is an elephant.  Here is the prompt:

The pride of lions stalked us.  Their hungry eyes focused on my little one, my only daughter.  She didn’t understand the danger.

I warned her, three infrasonic grunts.  “Come close to me,” I said.

She shook her head and stumbled.  The largest lioness crept closer to my daughter.  I couldn’t wait any longer.  I charged at the group and they scattered.  But there were too many of them, I realized.

So, now it’s your turn to finish the story.  As you may know, elephants have rather sophisticated social dynamics and are quite intelligent.  They even mourn their dead.  I’m very interested in seeing where your stories go. Good luck!