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Vampire Book Group – an ISG Writing Exercise

These words were chosen:

  • Cookie
  • Practical
  • Silver

And these blurbs were written within five minutes….Enjoy! 🙂

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DESIREE MATLOCK:

I brought a tray of cookies out to the living room, but there wasn’t any room on the coffee table beside the dozens of other goodies we had already brought out. I’d overdone it maybe, because I’d made it past silver and ceramic trays into the silly plastic kinds from the bottom of the cabinet.

Jess stopped me before I tipped something off the low table, “I think it might be more practical to bring in a folding table in from the garage and set it up against the wall. This Vampire Book Group probably won’t eat all of this, and they might need the space for their books or notes or whatever.”

“Sure, although this doesn’t even seem adequate for twenty people.”

“Oh, it’s more than adequate,” Jess said. I didn’t understand, but believed her. She’d asked me to host, something up with her apartment after all. She’d thanked me repeatedly for inviting them, but I was happy to help.

After we brought the table back, and I’d rearranged all the food, I asked Jess what book they were reviewing in the Book Club.

“Eat Pray Love,” she answered, helping me rearrange the tea tray.

“That’s not a Vampire book,” I said, confused.

Jess’ eyes seemed to be glowing somewhat as she turned to me, smiled oddly and responded, “No… it’s not.”

LISA BARRY:

Marni looked at the silver frosting on the cookie and wondered how the color was gotten. Did they put actual silver in the frosting? Wasn’t silver bad for the body? It was certainly bad for her body. Being a fairly new werewolf, Marni stayed as far from silver as she could. But would the cookie’s frosting have the same effect?

Roydan, her maker, was buying the bakery clean out of croissants. Apparently, the rival pack they were visiting had a fondness of the baked good and since they were trying to work out a truce, bring them seemed like a game booster.

Being a lawyer in her precious life, Marni was brought along as the practical and mostly law abiding XXX. She actually enjoyed it and hoped that they would come to an agreement that would get her a feather in her cap.

She preferred arbitrating too her courtroom law days and despite the pain of the change, this new life suited her well.

The smell of death brought her head down from the clouds and she glanced furtively around the bakery. Roydan had straightened she noticed but it was a new and different smell of death.

Roydan whispered for her ears only, “Vampire.”

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JM PAQUETTE:

Cookie considered the silver dress, which was more practical than the gold strings that were somehow supposed to cover key parts of her body. Still, she thought, holding the thin tube of silver mesh and lace out in front of her, the silver didn’t seem to do much more.

She cursed, knowing that even she called for another dress, the alien servant would just bring her something more outlandish, insisting that covering skin was rude, that the more material she wore, the more offended her hosts would be.

She glared at the metal band around her wrist, knowing that she still had hours to go before the machine teleported her back. She was going to give the Home Office so much crap for this when she got back.

Why did she have to end up in the stripper alien world? This place was clearly meant for Brittany; she stripped regularly and for fun, like on stage. She would know exactly what to do with those strings.

It’s because my name is Cookie, she fumed, dragging the silver “dress” over her head and struggling to make it fit properly. Everyone just assumed things.

She thought of her mother’s love for chocolate chips and baking and sighed. The world was a lot simpler back then, back before teleporting and galaxy hopping and Home Offices that judged people by birth names instead of previous professions or even current hobbies.

She took in her appearance in the mirror.

Not bad, she allowed. If she had to do this, at least she looked good by Home Office standards.

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ANNE CARGILE:

The coven sat around the table, waiting in eager anticipation for the return of their beloved, and long-lost member. The table was laid as if for high tea, and each witch (or warlock) sat with barely suppressed glee at the array of treats, cookies, and scones before them.

The food wasn’t just for indulgence, but also had a practical purpose. It was awfully difficult to get angry at a fellow witch (or warlock) when delightful blends of flour, animal fat, and sugar spun into deliriously decadent concoctions were melting on the tongue.

A witch with silver in her hair shifted a bit as the silence stretched out. The aromas of tea and cakes continued to create salivating mouths. A warlock gently wiped his mouth with a napkin. The clock chimed the hour, witching hour of course and all heads turned as one to the doorway as a small blue dragon flew in and settled on the mahogany chair at the end of the table.

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Short short – Flesh and Blood

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

The red puddle slowly seeping into the room from beneath my boyfriend’s bedroom door caused me to pause.

We had already talked about this – he was supposed to wait for me to arrive before getting started on the night’s work.

“Jaime!” I yelled, “Did you seriously start without me?” as I pulled on my yellow rubber gloves.

I swung open the door, smiling. “You know I like the part with the head.”

We stood for a moment in silent admiration of the macabre construct, all flesh and blood and bone.

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Leading Line

LISA BARRY

Contributors

JM PAQUETTE

DESIREE MATLOCK

BRANDON SCOTT

KALVIN

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Short short – A Sanguine Plan

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

Knots of thick, tangled roots and tree trunks spread before him, dark under the heavy canopy above.

He checked his sheath and the solid hilt reassured him as he stepped further into the shadows.

The trial was to prove his manhood by killing one of the fabled creatures – which he could do – he had no doubt. The real problem was how he was going to get all that meat back to the village before it spoiled – or something else ate it.

The reason he had no doubt was that he’d figured out how to cheat. Sure, maybe cheaters never prosper, but dead men also tell no tales. And he planned to have quite the tale to tell.

After all, because it was sacrilege to to eat a rabbit, no one would recognize its entrails.

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Leading Line

KALVIN

Contributors

LISA BARRY

JM PAQUETTE

DESIREE MATLOCK

BRANDON SCOTT

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Short short – Fandom Fervor

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

“It’s animation, it’s not anime,” she declared and the entire room went deadly silent.

Anticipation hung in the air, heavily venomous; none dared speak what would naturally have to follow.

Then George coughed on a chip, Sara glared at the new entry, Newt in the doorway and Martin asked, “How about them Dodgers?”

“Oh no,” Newt jumped in. “You don’t get to do that. Just because its nerd culture doesn’t mean we can just misuse terminology like that!”

“Well, as long as no one finds out outside this room, my social media should be safe,” she said as he looked up guiltily from his phone.

“Too late.”

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Leading Line

BRANDON SCOTT

Contributors

KALVIN

LISA BARRY

JM PAQUETTE

DESIREE MATLOCK

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Short short – Long Gaze of the Law

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

Purportedly, the last person to see her alive was the Sherrif himself, so Jonah was very nervously clutching his press pass as he approached the man in uniform.

The man glared at him with eyes that seemed a tad too chrome.

Something tugged at Jonah’s senses, an unnatural, sensation, promising danger.

He chose topics that wouldn’t ruffle any feathers, innocent questions to mislead what he already knew.

But those eyes kept staring at him, peering into the deepest parts of his soul, and he knew the truth.

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Leading Line

DESIREE MATLOCK

Contributors

BRANDON SCOTT

KALVIN

LISA BARRY

JM PAQUETTE

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Short short – In Hell

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

“I can’t even!” Shellie squeaked, her normally tan face darkening in a pink rage.

“I. Literally. Can’t. Even!” she added, as she stomped, huffed and clutched fists in time with her words, like some furious band leader.

There was a delay, a frown, and then her hair burst into flames as expected.

Anywhere else, and she’d have attracted undue attention.

But in hell, even bonking the Devil doesn’t let you escape the punishment of Sin.

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Leading Line

JM PAQUETTE

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DESIREE MATLOCK

BRANDON SCOTT

KALVIN

LISA BARRY

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Short short – Seriously, Janet?

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

I picked up the box, a standard size UPS delivery, and got back into the house before it started to shake and whine.

Whimpering from inside the package didn’t adequately deter me, much to my regret.

After all, the shipping alone had been absurd.

“But what did I expect, when I asked for 20 minute shipping?” I thought to myself as I set the box carefully on the table and ripped open the cheap packing tape.

The small furry head peeked up, ears pressed flat as it crawled free of the box. “Seriously, Janet?” the creature asked. “When I said I didn’t care how I got home, I didn’t think you’d use UPS. At least FedEx has ar conditioned trucks!”

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Leading Line

LISA BARRY

Contributors

KALVIN

BRANDON SCOTT

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

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Short short – A Space Opera

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

Looking out, she watched a nebula drift past off starboard side.

She let out a soft, contemplative “hmm” and looked at the picture of her late husband.

“Goodbye, dear,” she sighed as she pushed the button to release the small ash cloud into the between of space, annoyed with his extravagant final wish.

“Don’t worry,” she told the terrified woman bound on the floor at her feet. “You’re next. He never wanted to be without you in life – I can’t imagine he’d want to part with you now.”

She closed the hatch and let the air back in before turning to collect the woman. She frowned when she found the floor empty, screeching as her body fell backward into the airlock.

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Leading Line

KALVIN

Contributors

BRANDON SCOTT

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

LISA BARRY

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Short short – Lots of Caffeine

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

“There is no such thing as too much coffee,” he declared, vibrating in his chair.

“Sure there is,” she said, “you just have to learn to walk the fine line between addiction management and overdose.”

She studied the subtle tremors working up and down his arms – Definitely leaning toward overdose for this one. He had maybe a few hours left.

It was really sad to watch so much talent and high hopes be dashed by chemicals.

A sense of resolution was left to hang in the atmosphere of the chamber as she closed him in.

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Leading Line

BRANDON SCOTT

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DESIREE MATLOCK

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LISA BARRY

KALVIN

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Short short – Road to Rebellion Twist

The Ink Slingers Guild (ISG) had some round-robin writing fun! We each wrote a sentence or two and then passed the paper to the next person who added to it and passed it along to the next person and on down the line. We hope you are as entertained as we!

When I chose the strawberry gum, I did not expect the flavor that burst over my tongue.

For hours, my breath smelled of honeyed ham, and I was spitting out pieces of bone.

Of course, this had nothing to do with the gun – which tasted of pineapple – it was simply a Tuesday.

Tuesday, is of course human sacrifice day ever since the new overlords arrived and the taste was always hard to lose. Pig. Long pig.

One of these days, I would slip some bacon into their meal – no entity alive could resist the joy that is bacon. It was the first step on the long road to rebellion.

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Leading Line

LISA BARRY

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KALVIN

BRANDON SCOTT

DESIREE MATLOCK

JM PAQUETTE

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