The Graveyard

The Lair Of Gary James

AW Blog Chain

Posted by BigWords on August 9, 2011

Participants and posts:
Story beginning
orion_mk3 (link to this month’s post)
BigWords – you are here
AbielleRose (link to this month’s post)
Ralph Pines (link to this month’s post)
hillaryjacques (link to this month’s post)
Darkshore (link to this month’s post)
pyrosama (link to this month’s post)
Diana_Rajchel (link to this month’s post)
Inkstrokes (link to this month’s post)
soullesshuman (link to this month’s post)
Alyzna (link to this month’s post)
Cath (link to this month’s post)
dolores haze (link to this month’s post)
Alpha Echo (link to this month’s post)
pezie (link to this month’s post)
Finale Part 1
Finale Part 2
Finale Part 3

This month the plan is to feature a song in the story, plus continue each entry on from the last (I cheated somewhat, using two songs for my split story, but I’m guessing most peeps will use one), and it seems to be generating a lot of story ideas thus far. It’s the kind of idea which really amuses me – especially given who is next up in the chain. So, without spending more time waffling, here is the entry…

In the chalet closest to the beach, Allison was waving her hand back and forth in the water slowly filling her bathtub. She glanced halfheartedly at the clock on the wall, noting that it was only six, before rising and moving to her bed. This had been in the planning stages for months, and now that she was so close to carrying out her plan, the ragged edges of doubt were beginning to wear on her – things were not meant to be so easy. There should have been something to fight against, but the universe seemed to be folding around her, urging her onwards…

Allison lifted each item out of her bag and placed it on a towel on her bed in turn – iPod, speaker dock, scissors… She looked at the scissors with apprehension for the first time. Is this going to hurt? Am I going to go to hell? She quickly placed the iPod into the speaker dock and selected the first song, before picking up the scissors and making her way back into the bathroom. As Allison slipped into the bath, brandishing the scissors tightly in her hands, her mind raced to thoughts of the time before the resort had sprawled to its’ current size and scope. Here she would find out – once and for all time – what lay on the other side.

On the beach, a six year old girl stared blankly into the sea as she felt the soft sand squelch through her toes.
At the bar, Mr. Garretson was knocking back his eighth pint, bemoaning the lack of “pretty skirt” to amuse his sensibilities.
In the manager’s office, an envelope sat on Eddie’s desk – bulging in the middle; its’ nightmarish contents intended to frighten him off the island. The owner of the finger in the package was, at that moment, nowhere to be seen.
Chris was steadying himself with a drink in his room, anticipating his rendezvous, as the clock struck five past the hour.

Life goes on in a large resort no matter what happens, but there were forces at work which did not care a jot for the tick-tock regularity; intent, as they were, on as much disruption as possible in the shortest span of time. Shadows shifting across the walls of life, seeking fulfillment amongst the crowds of faceless, nameless people. They needed to feel what they had once felt in the time before the resort… They longed for the weightlessness, the freedom they once had…

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18 Responses to “AW Blog Chain”

  1. Dale Long said

    WOW! That is awesome! Complex and tightly woven.

    This definitely has legs! I’d read more about this sleepy little resort and the people who play its pawns.

  2. ralfast said

    Haunting music, great stuff. Oh and I like the new characters. Plenty of choices for those who will come after. Great stuff.

  3. bigwords88 said

    I tried my hardest to keep this as smooth a transition piece as possible, while opening up the resort’s inhabitants (and some minor mythology) to the other participants – it seems to have fulfilled its’ function, but we’ll only be able to tell once the chain really builds up some headway. 🙂

    So glad you guys liked this. 🙂

  4. What’s the song? My work has Youtube blocked.

    Love the story so far! 🙂

  5. Hillary said

    Oh, very nice. Great music, and so many rabbit holes to choose from.

  6. […] (link to this month’s post) BigWords – https://bigwords88.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) AbielleRose – http://stainedglassinthenight.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

  7. bigwords88 said

    Diane – The first half of the story links to the song Gloomy Sunday (Billie Holiday version), whilst the second half is Weightless Again by The Handsome Family.

    Hillary – I have a feeling that the rabbit holes go very deep indeed. So many great writers to come yet…

  8. […] to this month’s post) BigWords – https://bigwords88.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) AbielleRose – http://stainedglassinthenight.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

  9. Amazing, the cast of characters and interconnections while isolating each one. What a beautiful, busy scene you’ve created!

  10. […] Big Words – Page 2 […]

  11. April said

    Ooooh…interesting! What is it about this resort??? 🙂 I want to know what happens…and get to be a part of it! LOL. Great scene. The images are all swirling in my head now of all these people, somehow connected yet seemingly utterly alone.

  12. […] (link to this month’s post) BigWords – https://bigwords88.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) AbielleRose – http://stainedglassinthenight.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

  13. […] beginning Part 2 by orion_mk3 Part 3 by BigWords Part 4 by AbielleRose Part 5 by Ralph Pines Part 6 by hillaryjacques Part 7 by […]

  14. […] to this month’s post) BigWords – https://bigwords88.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) AbielleRose – http://stainedglassinthenight.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

  15. Glad no one claimed the finger so that I could. *grin* Gorgeous music selections. That second one is so sad and ominous.

  16. […] to this month’s post) BigWords – https://bigwords88.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) AbielleRose – http://stainedglassinthenight.wordpress.com/ (link to this month’s post) […]

  17. You definitely set up the rest of the piece. And I’m glad Diane continued with the finger, so that I could use it too :).

  18. alexp01 said

    Very nice expansion of the setting! I like how you set up plenty of “hooks” for others to hang bits of story on, which is something that I really ought to have done in the first place.

    It’s interesting that you decided Chris was male. I deliberately used a gender-neutral name and no pronouns to let the next chainer clarify that point for themselves 🙂

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