Finish the Story Contest - WEEK #41!

in finishthestory •  17 days ago

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A contest with a pot of 10 STEEM + 4 @steembasicincome shares? You're in the right place!

194 @steembasicincome shares awarded till now, plus 22.558 SBD and 63 STEEM, through the contest in 40 weeks!


What do we have here? More prizes? Even more prizes? We have had a restructure in our prize categories following a great suggestions by our own wonderful @michaias!

1st place: n. 5 STEEM

2nd place: n. 3 STEEM

3rd place: n. 2 STEEM

popular vote: n. 2 steembasicincome share (remember to vote your favorite!)

Best comment to the stories: n. 2 steembasicincome shares

Welcome fellow hunters of the gold that does not glitter. @calluna here for you, and today we have a tale of the unexpected, prime for twists and turns, a door waiting to open, ready for the brave to pass through. Will you falter, or will you seize the true sword? Mystery and adventure awaits...

Our opening today is brought to us by the very talented @tristancarax - this man has a skill for weaving touches of horror, fantasy and/or the surreal into all kinds of different tales. He brings some of his signature gritty pinch of reality to the show, polished off with a nice bit of open ended potential.

As we grow and evolve, this behemoth of iodine rich potassium swells with us, and as our predestined navigator @f3nix is diligently working on our latest project over in the realms, I have been left at the helm, fear not, I, @calluna, shall see us through ‘til his triumphant return.

Good luck, brave storytellers, the baton awaits!


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  • Tell a friend about the contest!

  • Join the Bananafish Realms discord chat for fresh updates and other amenities.

  • Vote, vote, vote your favorite story in the comments!

  • Use the #finishthestory tag.

  • Try to post your story the earliest possible and not at the last moment (or after the results! argh!)

  • Respect the dreadful 500 words limit! o_0

  • Help our contest & workshop to grow by giving it some visibility.

    And now.. let's dive into the story!

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Hunt More Precious than a Green Stone
by @tristancarax

I watched Belinda getting onto the cable car that was headed up the hill. Quickly, I ran and jumped onto the back as the cable car began to pull away.

I would have had trouble with the ticket agent if it wasn’t for the gun in my hand and the badge on my belt. He backed off with a quiet stare. Following my gaze, he was bewitched by Belinda’s beauty. He darted after me. She had this effect on men of weak mind. I would have fallen off if it wasn’t for the bar slamming up against my back. Tossing the man off the trolley, his body cracked and thudded as he rolled down the hill. A blood-soaked street ...

I turned my attention back to Belinda. Fuck! She’d vanished. That fucking prick! I’d been hunting down this woman for weeks with no luck. I’d have no clue as to where to scour next if it wasn’t for the letter I found at my feet addressed to me.



It was 3 a.m. when I arrived back to my flea-infested motel. A new record for me as the days without sleep turned into weeks of nightmares. Insomnia is a bitch.

The Captain at the precinct had kept me longer than expected. He was viscerally upset when my employer had spoken to him over the phone. ”What do you mean ‘set him free?’” the captain protested. ”This man of yours just killed a man, for no apparent reason, with a slew of witnesses around,” his voice rose a little louder, becoming squeaker, ”and I’m to let him go?” His eyes darted in my direction. I saw him about to crack. ”What am I supposed to tell the press?” My employer ensured him that he’d take care of the press if the precinct did its job and labelled the body bag with the tag ”DNI” (Do not investigate).

Reluctantly, the Captain released me. My employer had ties to power most would never dare touch. Those who dared to challenge him were usually found with a couple missing body parts in the middle of town or possibly at the bottom of a flight of stairs. ”Unsolved” murder/suicides were abound. This place was beyond crooked.

I sat down on the bed. I finally had time to get to the letter I’d hidden in my trench coat pocket that was hidden beneath a pocket. This pocket had saved a few useful items in the past when I’d gotten into trouble for the blatant disregard for life.

Other than the obvious clue ”Addressed to you, Detective,” she had left a kiss mark, formed from the blue lipstick she wore.

I slapped my neck. ”Fucking fleas!”

Opening the letter, I read:

Dear Detective,

I know why you don't sleep at night. I've watched you in your half-hazy sleep toss and turn. Yes, I've done my research. You thought I didn't know about you? No matter.

Pay attention.

Your awakening is coming. You first have to chase this mouse a few more times around the block before your mind will be free enough to see that the shadow and the light cannot be without the other.

You have been to the Garden. Follow the smell. Seek the maid who is more precious than a green stone.

Your employer is banking on the life you've lead up until this very moment.

A sweet kiss, Detective.

There was a knock at my door.


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Let’s grow together!


The wise potassium kami Bananafish wants all of its beloved people to benefit from rich upvotes. For this reason, knowing that unity is strength, it asks for SP delegations and for numerous commitments to the voting trail.

With delegations, @bananafish VP will grow and consequently the upvotes given to every contest entry will be higher. @f3nix, @gwilberiol, @dirge, @tristancarax, @theironfelix, @raj808, @brisby, @maverickinvictus, @cyemela, @marcoriccardi, @calluna, @oivas, @anixio, @ntowl are the names of the proud Bananafish Knights who already delegated a fraction of their SP to this project.

Following the voting trail is a way to make sure you always support the other participants to the Bananafish contests, automatically upvoting the posts (but not the comments) @bananafish upvotes. @foffelius, @steelochlaver, @f3nix, @marcoriccardi, @anixio, @gwilberiol, @brisby, @calluna, @ntowl, @dirge, @iamthegray, @seesladen, @theironfelix, @letalis-laetitia, @vdux are already in the trail.

If you’re interested, here you can find all the information needed.



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Join the fun! Here is how this contest works:


  • An unfinished fiction story or a script is posted.

  • You finish it with your own post or a comment in the comment section. A limit of 500 words is recommended.

  • WIN 10 STEEM + 4 @steembasicincome shares to the writers with the best endings and comments.

The result will be out on Wednesday - January 9th, 14:00 PM GMT+7 avg. (U.S. West Coast time zone). Submission deadline: Tuesday - January 8th, 14:00 PM GMT+7 (U.S. West Coast time zone). You may vote your favorite story till the results are out!

A special thank to @gwilberiol, @dirge, @tristancarax, @theironfelix, @raj808, @brisby, @maverickinvictus, @cyemela, @marcoriccardi, @calluna, @oivas, @anixio, @ntowl for their precious delegations, making this project a reality!
If you like this contest..SPREAD THE GOSPEL! We're grateful for your resteeming and word of mouth. Everything helps to grow together!



GOOD LUCK, BRAVE STORYTELLERS!



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I'm excited to read what you all come up with!!!

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Me too! What a majestic way to start 2019. Compliments @tristancarax and @calluna!

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Thanks @f3nix. It was fun working with @calluna.

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And I loved doing it! Roll on next time :)

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BELOW

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My vote goes to @agmoore. Almost voted for @gaby-crb. Only went with the story most like detective noir.

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First, it was very exciting to see all the different directions this went in. This was my first time getting to have this experience. Thanks for the cherry pop! - soda, geese. dirty minds. haha

I'm casting my hand for @dirge this round.

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My vote is for @dirge :)

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sorry if I am late but I want to vote for @agmoore.

Enjoy a little antidetective fiction, folks!

My entry: https://steemit.com/noir/@michaias/finishthestory-week-41-adf

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We love anti stuff of all kinds!

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Welcome to the contest and to our crazy family of fiction writers @vasigo!

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Thanks :)

Great prompt. Thanks again @bananafish community for giving us stuff to write.

Here's my entry:

https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@cyemela/finish-the-story-hunt-more-precious-than-a-green-stone-bananafish

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Very much looking forward to sinking the potassium tipped fins into this one!

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Nice to see you back too bud! Was the rum n cokes ok?

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the liquor store that has never been open, that i thought was a laundering front for the mob, was actually open new years eve. so i managed to find dark rum, something very rare on Jeju.

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These are the things that give sense to a otherwise idiot feast.

Just know I break one of the rules sometimes but here is my entry
https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@stever82/my-entry-into-the-finish-the-story-contest-week-41

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Yo Steve! I will talk to the Bananafish and pray the deity to forgive you! 😜 (F3nix)

Here's my humble entry - it's a hard act to follow around this group!
https://steemit.com/finishthestory/@blueeyes8960/finish-the-story-contest-week-41-by-blueeyes8960

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I know. We're hard to follow like a unicorn or a crimson manticore. Still, prepare yourself because this month we're coming out with our unique format and a pot of 25 steem for one player: the Quest in the Realms.

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Can't wait for that! I'm sure the competition will be fierce, but it'll be fun!

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It's a treasure hunt inside a multiple ending story.. fun stuff 😉 the pot is 25 steem for now but I'd like to make it 40/50. Cheers!

I posted this under @tristancarax's story. Got confused. It's easy to confuse me :)
Here's the story. A delight to write, with that great lead-in. Hope I met the mark: Where Are You, Belinda?

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It's great to see you with us in the first round of the new year, @agmoore!

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Just coming in-n-saying I won’t have mines ‘til Monday! I promised philosophy, so i shall live with it.

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But may the power of fluffy goats shine within ye all!

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We shall await the magic of the one and only @theironfelix with baited breath!

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Where do I get my own fluffy goat?

Wow that is a good opening glad to have this back but man I only get 500 words for this one that is going to be hard. Off to try.

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Well I am very much looking forward to seeing what you have, and where you end up coming in on the count ;)

Here be me entry to this contest here.
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Ah ha, a fine weekly offering for the great banana god to get stuck into!

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Now I wonder if the green witch worships the yellow god of the blue ocean...

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Yellow god of the blue ocean?

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A little yellow, and a big blue, for a great finale in green. A yellow bananfish, a whole blue ocean of inspiration, coming out as a green witch! :wink:

~ Cal - jeez you love to mess with me :p

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The green witch of Absinthe? (F3nix now)

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I had not heard of that before... so there should be no connection to what I wrote hopefully.

great group of writers in this contest!

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Thanks, why don't you join us? 😉

What an excellent story to start to the new year @Tristancarax! 🎊 Starts her squirrely scribbling....
Thanks @Calluna, for taking the helm for this round! 😎

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Oh, Yes, your squirreliness. Thanks for the complement.

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It's been great fun so far, and a good chance for some rare reliability ;)

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