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Writing event #1: Halloween
« on: October 20, 2018, 07:11:48 PM »
Greetings, fellow members of Fiver's Honeycomb!

Recently, @MeadowRabbit suggested the possibility of organizing some creative writing events.  The idea was well-received by the community, and here is the first event of this series!

The goal is to write a short story about Halloween!  Scary stories not related to Halloween are also acceptable.  Here are some more specific keywords you can work with: cobwebs, spiders, bats :darkling

Entries can be original stories, fanfics (for Watership Down or any other fandom) or even poetry.

Here are some additional details:
  • Each member may submit up to two entries.
  • The deadline is November 1st where you live.
  • You can submit prior writings, or write something new for this event.
  • There is no word count limit.  In previous contests, most entries were under 500 words, but feel free to submit something longer.
  • This is NOT a contest, and no prizes will be given.

Feel free to ask if you have any questions or anything.  We hope you will all enjoy this event :)
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2018, 10:07:23 AM »
Thanks to Hazel's drawing, I feel encouraged to write a short story about that. But I'm not sure I'm doing it, because my English is very strange, if I cheer up soon ...    :fiver2     :glowingfiver       :hawkbit 
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 09:39:28 PM »
@Acacia Heartstrings your English isn't really bad; I'm sure you could write something great, and the idea you mentioned is interesting :frith

Alternatively, you could write something in Spanish and @Claws could translate it afterwards :silverweed3
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2018, 03:45:51 PM »
Mmmmmmm right now I'm very busy writing my story about rabbits, but ... I guess it's a good idea and I think I can write a short, but funny story about Hallowen. I only have 4 days left ...
I'll see if I can do it XD    :hannah4 :fiver
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2018, 03:13:42 PM »
I hope you will, Acacia! :D

Darn, I've been away and have only just seen this! Still a few days to go... will really try and get something together for it!
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2018, 07:03:26 PM »
I do not think I have it ready in time, but as I see many ask for a little story of Hallowen. I'll do it, it'll only take me a few days XD
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2018, 07:21:03 PM »
I will be looking forward to reading it Acacia.  These two buns are awesome :glowingfiver :glowingsw
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2018, 10:43:24 PM »
Have started my story but not sure if I can realistically finish it by tomorrow. I'll see what I can do...
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2018, 11:42:49 PM »
It's all right if you can't finish it by tomorrow.  You could still submit it after 1 November :)
Looking forward to seeing it :frith
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2018, 10:34:55 PM »
Thanks! As it is, I've been too busy today and so it will have to wait a few more days! I will get something out, though, darn it!!
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2018, 08:20:48 PM »
I intended to post this last night, but with the new miniseries announcement it got delayed.  Here is my entry, taking place a few months after the end of TFWD:

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It was an early summer day at Watership Down.  The weather was peaceful at the moment, although there seemed to be a thunderstorm on the way.  A large number of rabbits were at silflay, eager to get some grass before the storm would force them back underground.

It had been a few months since Campion had died on a wide patrol.  Since then, there had been chaos in Efrafa, over who would become the next Chief Rabbit.  Finally, an owsla officer called Knapweed became the new leader.  Knapweed had assured that his warren would remain on good terms with the Watership Down warren, and Vleflain.  However, they had not heard from Efrafa since then.

Hazel had been on a trip to Vleflain for a few days, when a messenger arrived at Watership Down.  Most rabbits realized she was an Efrafan due to her smell, but Hyzenthlay, who was at silflay with Fiver and Thethuthinnang, recognized her immediately.
-”Nelthilta?”
-”Yes, it's me.  It's been a while, hasn't it?” Nelthilta replied.  “Sorry I almost ruined your escape.”
-”It's nothing to worry about,” Thethuthinnang said.  “What brings you here?”
-”It's something quite weird.  And unnerving, honestly.  I would have to tell the leader of this warren about it.”
-”There are two of us,” Hyzenthlay explained.  “The first one is Hazel-rah, but he is at Vleflain at the moment.  I'm the second one.”
-”All right then.  Hrair days ago, Knapweed was supervising the digging of a new burrow, when suddenly the diggers reached a large, deep cavern that nobody knew about.  He decided to explore it, alone, but he never came out.”
-”Did anyone else go after him?” Thethuthinnang asked.
-”Loosestrife went there the next day, but he too didn't come out.  Afterwards, nobody ever dared to go inside.”
-”I have a feeling,” Fiver said suddenly, “ that Loosestrife and Knapweed are still alive, but they're not alone in there.  There's someone else with them, but I don't know who...”
-”We should probably go investigate,” Hyzenthlay said.
-”You're not going alone,” Thethuthinnang said.  “I'm not letting you do something so dangerous without me by your side.”
-”And I'm coming too,” Fiver said.

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The trip to Efrafa was mostly uneventful.  Throughout the entire journey, Fiver had the vague feeling that they were being followed.  The rabbits did not find anyone else following them, but the feeling persisted.

As they reached the warren, Nelthilta led the Watershippers to the cavern's entrance, which was guarded by several owsla officers.  The hole looked dark and mysterious; the rabbits could not see anything beyond.
-”I can't feel anything,” Hyzenthlay said.  “Fiver?”
-”Me neither.  But we can't stay here all day.  We need to go in.”
With that, Fiver cautiously hopped into the hole.  Hyzenthlay came next, and finally Thethuthinnang.

After a short tunnel, they reached a small burrow, and it was clearly ancient.  There were cobwebs hanging from the ceiling, and many more on the ground, presumably taken down by the previous visitors.  There was a hole at the far end of the burrow, and it was too narrow for two rabbits side-by-side.  Therefore, they entered one at a time; it was so small that Hyzenthlay had to flatten herself in order to fit.

The hole was clearly a run, and it seemed extremely long.  The rabbits were plunged in complete darkness as they progressed.  There was no end in sight, and the run was too small for them to turn around; they had no choice but to keep going.

Thethuthinnang was at the front of the line, and had it worse than the others.  The tunnel had been cleared of cobwebs a few days before by the previous visitors, but most cobwebs remained on the ground, and clung to her paws.  To make things worse, the spiders had started making new webs, which got stuck to her face.

After what felt like forever, the three rabbits finally finally reached another burrow.  The ceiling was high above, and had a small opening, allowing light to filter through.  Hyzenthlay jumped in order to reach it, but it was too high.  She simply collided with some cobwebs, which clung to her ears.
-"You look like you could use some help cleaning that up," Thethuthinnang said.
-"You would need some grooming help too," Hyzenthlay replied.

Suddenly, they heard a squeal coming from the tunnel.  It was clearly the sound of another rabbit.  After a few moments of silence, there was another squeal.
-"You two stay here," Fiver ordered, "I'm going to take a look."
Fiver ran into the tunnel, until he saw the rabbit who had squealed.  In front of him was a huge spider, larger than Fiver's head, probably venomous, and it was slowly approaching.  Fiver acted quickly: he scratched the ceiling, causing a large rock to fall right on top of the spider, crushing it.  Several of the spider's limbs fell off the rest of its body in the process.  The threat neutralized, Fiver turned to the rabbit.
-"You all right, Pipkin?"
-"I'm all right, I wasn't bitten," Pipkin said, shaking.  "Thanks for saving me, Fiver."
The two rabbits nuzzled each other.
-"What brings you here?" Fiver asked.
-"I overheard your conversation with Nelthilta, and I decided to join you."
-"I had the feeling that someone was following us.  Why did you do it secretly, though?  You could have just asked to come along, and we would have accepted."
-"I don't know, honestly.  I'm sorry, Fiver..."
-"You didn't do anything wrong, Pipkin.  No reason to apologize.  I'm honestly glad you're here with me.  Now let's go back to the others."

The two rabbits returned to the burrow where Hyzenthlay and Thethuthinnang had stayed; the two does had finished cleaning themselves.
-"No need to worry," Fiver said, "it's Pipkin.  Does anyone have any idea what this burrow is?"
-"It feels vaguely familiar," Thethuthinnang said, "but I can't quite remember..."
-"I know!" Hyzenthlay suddenly said.  "This used to be a prison burrow."
-"A prison burrow?" Pipkin repeated.  "How do you know?"
-"I remember Blackavar telling me about these burrows, and this matches his description exactly," Hyzenthlay clarified.  "As far as I know, nobody has been here since Woundwort's death."
-"That would explain why the burrows are in such a state," Thethuthinnang said, "but that doesn't explain why Knapweed and Loosestrife vanished."
-"Maybe they got lost?" Fiver said.  "It doesn't seem too implausible, considering how dark it is in here."
-"I..." Hyzenthlay started to say, "...have the feeling there's someone else in here, and it's not a rabbit..."
Everyone fell silent and raised their ears, trying to hear the stranger.  Suddenly, they heard some unusually high-pitched sounds, and a dark shape moved from one end of the burrow to the other, before hanging on the ceiling.
-"Darkling, is that you?" Pipkin said cautiously.
-"What you doing here Pipkin?" Darkling replied.
-"I didn't know you were friends with a bat, Pipkin," Thethuthinnang said.  "That's amazing."
-"I came here with my friends to search for a few rabbits who mysteriously went missing here," Pipkin told the bat.  "Did you see anyone go through here?"
-"I did.  A few days ago they stop here and someone else capture them."
-"Which way did they go?"
-"That hole over there."
Darkling flew over to a small hole at the far end of the burrow, even smaller than the one the rabbits had entered earlier.

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The hole led to another run, which was even longer than the previous one, and had even more cobwebs.  It also appeared to be leading even deeper underground, and it was getting harder for the rabbits to breathe.  After a long time, they heard a voice coming from the end of the tunnel.  While they couldn't understand the exact words, they could still recognize who was talking, and it terrified them.
-"Should we go back and alert the owsla?" Thethuthinnang said.  "The four of us might not be able to defeat him."
-"Fiver once defeated him all alone!" Pipkin said.
-"I did, but the circumstances were different," Fiver said.
-"I would say yes, but it's impossible," Hyzenthlay said.  "This is just too narrow for us to turn around, or even walk backwards.  We'll have no choice but to fight him ourselves."

The four rabbits continued walking forward, until they finally reached the end of the tunnel.  The chamber they had entered was much smaller than the previous one they had visited, and they saw instantly that they were not alone.  There were two other rabbits nearby, huddled together in a corner of the burrow.  They were Knapweed and Loosestrife; there was no sign of the rabbit they had heard.
-"You all right?" Hyzenthlay asked.
Knapweed raised his head and looked at the doe.
-"You've come to save us.  Thank you."
-"What's happening?" Thethuthinnang asked.
-"He keeps us imprisoned here, and anyone else who will come will meet the same fate.  He refuses to allow us to silflay unless we pledge allegiance to him, which we refused."
-"Why don't you escape?" Fiver asked.
-"He told us that if we try that, he will destroy the other chamber further away and trap us in the tunnel."
-"We don't have the strength to run anymore..." Loosestrife added.
-"Where is he now?" Pipkin asked.
-"He went out to silflay moments ago.  He's got the exit well-concealed.  We tried to escape through it once, but he almost ripped my eye out."
-"Look out, there he comes," Knapweed said.

At that moment, the wall seemed to start moving at the end of the burrow.  Fiver, Hyzenthlay, Thethuthinnang and Pipkin positioned themselves right in front of it.  Moments later, the ground opened entirely, and Vervain calmly hopped into the burrow.  Before he could realize what was happening, he was pinned to the ground and kicked violently several times, until he stopped moving.
-"Is he dead?" Hyzenthlay asked, hopping off him.
-"No, just unconscious," Fiver said.
-"I wouldn't mind killing him right here and now," Thethuthinnang said, "but I have the feeling that we should bring him out and let the council decide his fate."
-"Let's do that," Knapweed decided.

==========

It was impossible to carry Vervain through the tunnels, so it was decided to carry him above ground instead, all the way back to Efrafa.  Hyzenthlay and Thethuthinnang dragged him by the ears, with Pipkin sitting on top of him, ready to cuff him back into unconsciousness should he ever awake.  Fiver, meanwhile, assisted the two former prisoners and helped them return to the warren.  By the time they arrived, it was in the middle of the night, and everyone went underground to sleep.  Vervain, meanwhile, was kept in a small burrow under strict owsla supervision.

The next morning, the council had a meeting over Vervain's fate.  While several rabbits wanted to kill him, or put him through a predicament similar to that inflicted on Blackavar after his escape attempt, these proposals were rejected.  Instead, it was decided to have a wide patrol escort him far away from the warren.  His eyes would be covered by leaves the whole time, so that there would be no way for him to ever be able to make it back to Efrafa or Watership Down.

Satisfied by this outcome, the four Watershippers began the journey back to their own warren, which they reached in the early afternoon.  It was that evening that the storm broke, and Hazel returned.  Fiver was the only rabbit outside in such terrible weather, and as Hazel reached the top of the Down, the two brothers nuzzled each other.
-"So, did I miss anything?" he asked.
-"There's been quite an adventure.  With spiders, a bat and returning villains."
-"You'll have to tell me all about it, dear brother."

THE END
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2018, 02:13:46 PM »
That's great, Chipster! Got the keywords in, as well. :D Finally just got the rest of mine typed out. It was tough writing a story again for first time in ages and it shows. I couldn't even get my sentences together properly. :D As I didn't have loads of time to think of new characters, mine, too, is WD fan fiction. A first for me! Fiver is off to have another strange experience. :P

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A Night At The Castle Ruins

The shadows of castle ruins loomed high over the rabbits as they made their way amongst them. It was an especially dark night and bitterly cold with it; yet here was Hazel, Fiver and Bigwig, lost.
“Are you quite sure we’re heading in the right direction, Hazel? I’ve never been here before and I don’t like it; I can hear the owls hooting above me and it’s giving me the shivers, I can tell you,” Bigwig said, looking nervously up at the sky.
“Fiver’s instincts on this one are good enough for me. As long as we keep within the shadows and sheltered spots I’m sure we will be fine,” was Hazel’s confident reply. He sounded sure, but even he felt uneasy inside. Fiver remained silent, though his wide eyes flitted back and forth anxiously and his ears twitched uncontrollably.

The three of them soon came to a stop in a more sheltered part of the ruins, covered with a few old cobwebs and no spiders in sight. “I think we would be wise to get some rest here for a while. We’ll be much clear about direction and safety when it’s lighter again, and Hyzenthlay and everyone will be perfectly fine without us for a night,” reasoned Hazel. Bigwig and Fiver just nodded in response. The enclosed ruin span very high up and fairly widely out to nothingness but slit-windows and the walls, deepening the rabbits’ sense of being amongst something rather lonely, yet eerie. The three of them kept close together. A few moments passed with nothing more said, and Hazel found himself drifting off… and suddenly he awoke, at what seemed like a matter of seconds later, but in fact was about an hour on, to the loudening whimpers of Fiver. “Brother, what is it?”
“I tried to sleep, Hazel, yet I had such a queer sensation running through me which has persisted all the time you and Bigwig slept. It feels like we’re so alone here and yet there’s something else I sense…”
Bigwig, awake, suddenly cut through: “Oh no, not this! Here of all places you’re getting your feelings. As if I wasn’t on edge enough!” He said this quite roughly; however, since Fiver’s feelings had proved correct on so many occasions before, he was willing to accept what Fiver had to say.
Hazel spoke calmly back at his brother, “Fiver, do you sense any immediate danger?”
“Something’s not right and something feels like it could contain danger… but I don’t feel like we are in any real danger, somehow,” Fiver summed up, eyes closed tightly as he tried to make sense of his thoughts.
“If you feel we are not in immediate danger then I think we should remain here for now – I think it’s the wisest choice. Just keep close, both of you, and we will see this night through.”
Bigwig fixed Hazel with a brief look which suggested he was not so sure about this, but said nothing and settled back down.

Minutes went by which found Hazel and Bigwig sleeping lightly and Fiver not at all, too wary to sleep. All of a sudden a tingle went right down Fiver’s spine and he shot up, staring around him. Was that shadows moving on the walls? The shadows of man? A few seemed to move on their two legs and then seemed to sit on strange objects. A sound could then be heard, a ‘chinking’ which really made Fiver’s ears twitch with its sharp, metallic sound. “What, by Frith, is that?” Fiver heard whispered behind him. Bigwig was awake, eyes wide, and so was Hazel. As Bigwig was about to whisper again, they suddenly heard a booming noise echo around them, a sound we would recognise as laughter. Then some louder sounds of men calling and whistling, the shadows moving around quicker on the walls and it seemed there were even more of them. Then a faint sound of music entered their ears and they could not help but twitch them, despite their best efforts to stay still by instinct. The music, laughter, calls, the shadows, all seemed to go faster and faster and Fiver was sure he could not bear it another minute, when, suddenly, it came to a stop. The quiet which descended was ominous.

“Is that it?” whispered Bigwig. Fiver kept as still as he could as his eyes dared to dart around. His fur bristled though they could not feel the wind inside and he could feel a sudden change of atmosphere and he felt colder. “No, this is not it,” he whispered back, with as little movement as he could muster. Hazel and Bigwig remained stock still. A faint sound began – man’s steps. Steps which kept getting steadily louder, closer. Bigwig’s claws gripped the ground. “Nothing will harm us – stay still,” Hazel muttered, eyes remaining focused on Fiver, watching in case they might need to run at any moment. Again, shadows appeared on the walls, of men’s shadows rushing about, bangs as objects hit the ground, breaking and smashing. The music had stopped. Any joviality in the murmurs of the men was gone and instead panic ensued. Meanwhile the steps, apparently from outside, had got steadily louder… and then stopped. The movement of the shadows subsided slightly, seeming to stop to listen at what would happen next, just as Hazel, Fiver and Bigwig did, transfixed and terrified. A moment later a fast whistling sound seemed to pierce through the wind; Fiver stared up towards one of the slim windows instinctively, expecting whatever made that sound to rain down on them. As he watched, Bigwig, still eyes ahead, saw a thin shadow strike one of the man-shaped shadows and it fell down. Panic amongst the shadows ensued once more.

The atmosphere was so tense and the situation so bizarre all three rabbits felt they could not attempt to stay calm for any longer. Suddenly, bats previously unseen by the rabbits screeched and came flapping down towards them, wishing to get out, and that was the last straw! The rabbits came out of their frozen state and started rushing around, confused by the bats’ direction. They did not even notice that the mysterious noises had stopped completely.  “This way!” yelled Hazel, as he fled towards the entrance, and somehow the other two were able to follow his lead. As the bats filtered out through the opening in the ruins a new figure approached.
The rabbits came to an abrupt halt and terrified Bigwig could not contain himself from exclaiming, “Oh Frith above! It’s the Black Rabbit of Inle, here to finish us off well and truly – we’re doomed!”

They stood rooted to the spot. The black figure came closer and it seemed as if time stood still and all the rabbits could do was stare wide-eyed at him.
That is until the spell was broken as it became clear that this dark figure was in fact a living rabbit, and as he came closer, one the rabbits knew very well.
“Blackavar! Oh, Lord Frith – thank you!” Hazel exclaimed, the relief on his face unmistakeable. Fiver immediately calmed and Bigwig let out a huge sigh of relief. Blackavar looked questioningly at each of the rabbits and followed after them as they filed briskly out of the ruin, ever watchful. The sky was already lightening.
“When you didn’t come back after some time we thought we’d better search for you. By some sudden feeling in the air, we made for this direction. There are a few others close by. Anyway, you all look terrible; what happened in that strange place?”
“A queer sort of memory of the place. Something well beyond us, I feel,” replied Fiver as he looked behind him at the ruins, noticing how much calmer it looked now.
Hazel added, “I think we’ll all be grateful to get back to Watership Down as soon as possible, Blackavar, and perhaps when we are ready and rested we will tell you all about our strange night.”
“Mind if I’m not there when you repeat it?” grumbled Bigwig.
And off they went, back home, to safety and… normality. The fewer dealings the rabbits had with men and their things the better.

Fin.
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2018, 09:09:47 PM »
Very good work hipster-Roo! At all times I thought that it would be another creature. A badger, a mole, but in reality it was ... I do not want to ruin the surprise, but it's a great villain. It is good to appreciate minor characters like Hyzenthlay, Thethuthinnang, pipking and especially Fiver as protagonist. Apparently he is taking everything Hallowen. Good job!      :primrose  :fiver2        :pipkin2
Then I read the story of MeadowRabbit.

By the way hipster-Roo, I'm done writing my Hallowen story. It's very simple, but it's in Spanish. It gives me a headache to translate it XD    :hannah4 :hannah4 

You can use the google translator?
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2018, 12:02:07 AM »
Thank you both :) I'm glad you both liked my entry :)

@MeadowRabbit I read your entry, and it was pretty good :) Your writing style is really nice.  You've done a great job making the ruins seem haunted, and everyone acts in-character.  Blackavar's scene at the end was also nice (for some reason I always forget he exists :blackavar)

@Acacia Heartstrings I could use Google Translate, I would be interested in reading your story :)
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Re: Writing event #1: Halloween
« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2018, 07:02:23 PM »
What a spooky Meadow Rabbit story, so I read it was a traumatic experience even for poor Fiver, who has more fear immunity, despite being so small. But the atmosphere of that castle, the darkness and the supernatural facts, even scares the bravest rabbits like Hazel and Bigwig. Good job =)

Today or tomorrow I will upload my fan fic Hallowen X3
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