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The Journalist's Craft: A Guide to Writing Better Stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012


    Chapter 1: Taken- I wake up to hear distant marching footsteps. Today's Cell Block would be emptied, its occupants taken to the Compound. My Cell Block is #24. We aren't chosen in order. That would take the fun out of things, right? I look around the empty gray room. Empty except for the teenagers, that is. Tons of us. I'm 16. 13-19 year olds are held in this Sector. The other Sector holds 5-12year olds. Below that age are the Un-Altered. They are experimented on, tested. They come out morphed, different. But they don't discover their Alterations until after they reach the Compound. So that they're safe, I was told at the child Sector. But I know better. It's so that they can't escape. We're Altered so that adults can see what may happen to genetically-morphed people. The footsteps get closer. I listen intently. The marching stops outside our Cell Block. I stiffen. It's our turn. The door that only opens on the outside slides away. Soldiers march in. They're all full-grown adults. The soldiers tie each of our hands behind our backs with a flexible metal material, like rope braided from iron. The soldiers shove us out, herding us in a big group. I look around at the gray buildings on either side of me, lined up. The sky is gray, the ground is gray. I look around to see teens peering from the 2 windows in front of each building. The soldier shoves me forward. I drop my head and shuffle on. We leave the rows of buildings, and come across a huge, dark gray building. The soldiers force us all inside. **********
    We're all standing in a huge gray room with a set of massive double doors on one wall. "Line up!" Booms a soldier. We obey, lining up shoulder to shoulder. Another soldier walks up and looks on something on the underside each teen's wrist. The tatoo. All of us have one, but not all are the same. He reports to the Sergant what each tatoo means. The soldier comes to me. He gruffly grabs my tied wrists and turns them over, revealing my tatoo. A dragon with a pair of wings slightly extended. "Avian-hybrid, dragon-speaker." He growls and moves on. I blink. What does that mean? Finally, he finishes, leaving me wondering. The soldiers unbound our wrists and lead us to the doors. Two guards open the doors and step aside. The soldiers march us through, and through a huge, open electric fence. They throw us in and shut the fence. We're in a huge grassland. As soon as the gates close, we shake off our confusion and bolt into the wilderness. I wander for a while, curious about everything here. That's when I hear the scream.
    -Wild Fire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Skystars sceret new one chapter one

    Sky looked outside. The frozen hill was coverd in snow and all te beautiful flowers were gone. This is gonna be a long winter she thought. "Hey sky wanna go outside" Cloud wisperd to Sky. She looked over at Cinder their mother. She was a red shecat th bright blue eyes and a long scar across her body. "But mom said we couldn't" Sky reminded. Cinder has refused to let any of then leave this house but leave it up to Cloud to get anyone in trouble. "So.... we'll sneak in before mom ven botices were gone." Cloud mewed. Cinder licked her scar and padded of to their twolegs room where their twlegs wuld pet them for their and her enjoyment but to Sky it wasn't that enjoyable. Sky found nothing wrong with that idea an followed Sun and Cloud outsode. Cloud was hite and puffy with bright blue eyes and Sun was golden with organg stripes and red eyes but Sun was the nicest cat in the twoleg place. The cold chilled Skys blue-gray fur. She had greenish-grayish eyes. Cloud sniffed around. The snowflakes fell all over none the same. "I told you to stay in" an angy voice yowled. "Oh no its mom hide" Sub mewed as the cats dived into hideing spots...

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