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One sentence story.
Each post adds one sentence. Paragraphs wherever you think. Copy the whole story and add your sentence.

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The last horse died at sundown.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • SkepticTank
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Re: One sentence story.
Reply #1
The last horse died at sundown.

The end.

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Reply #2
Goddamnit
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • ffejrxx
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Reply #3
and the earth keeps on spinning

  • borealis
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The last horse died at sundown.

The end.

Goddamnit

and the earth keeps on spinning, Emmet thought, throwing the book across the room.


  • nostrum
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Reply #5
The horses had it easy, Emmet decided.

  • MSG
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Reply #6
Heaving a sigh, he hung the grooming brush back on the wall and picked up the shovel.
braying among the ruins

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Reply #7
Why, he wasn't sure since the horses were now all dead.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • MSG
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Reply #8
By rights, he should still be flogging them.
braying among the ruins

  • MikeS
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Reply #9
Instead of himself.

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Reply #10
This most recent thought sent him back into the confusing whirlwind of beautiful memories of that brief but beautiful day.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • borealis
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Reply #11
He'd stumbled out onto the veranda after splashing his face with cold water and calling it a wash, into one of those glorious whole sky golden dawns, the very clapboard walls of the henhouse glowed as if Midas had passed by in the night.

  • MikeS
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Then realized his special order veranda shade was down and raised it up.  The grey and dull brown scrub of his parched land was as shocking as the cold water was a moment before.  Here was where his life's work was laid out before him, how to make this desolate and desicated land green again.  HOW?  HOW!!!

  • borealis
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"Water, as it ever was." The soft dry rattling impossible voice came from the mound of dry dirt beyond the stables, and he stared at it, thinking the pebbles shifted, but of course they didn't, it was a trick of the eye, and all in his mind, because the voice was Hattie's and she was dead and buried as a shovel could make her.

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Reply #14
"Water"
The words echoed through his mind as he scanned the horizon.
His parched land was literally turning to dust, with the brown dying plants becoming almost indistinguishable from the bare dirt.

Then the thought hit him like a bolt:
"Goat tractor!"

His mouth cracked a wicked smile....

  • SkepticTank
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Reply #15
Chapter II
Meanwhile, orbiting the planet, hidden from the primitive people's inferior technology, Admiral Scheitmuler, pondered to himself "If only it wasn't for the Federation's ridiculous non-interference policy we could save this world with no inputs except labor (and very little of that)".
  • Last Edit: July 15, 2016, 10:17:01 AM by SkepticTank

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Admiral Scheitmuler gazed upon the planet's surface for some time, then back at his crew diligently manning their stations.  They hummed along like a colony of bees, with purpose and direction.  Suddenly, his comm phone started flashing.  "Admiral! This is engineering!  One of the goats broke loose from treadmill station!  It wasn't as happy as it looked!  We're going to lose our trans-warp-goat drive!"

Dear God he thought.

  • MSG
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Reply #17
The Admiral wiped his scraggly beard, and emitted a belch infused with the flavour of goat curry. He rose and cast his eyes across the bridge, a look of determination forming on his face. "Right!" he said. "Time to put this plan into action."
braying among the ruins

  • borealis
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Around the world, anyone watching the sky saw a vast pattern of steady new stars, and shortly a web of faint lines joining them in an encompassing vast net. Emmet, now blinking in the sunrise, saw this net less clearly than those earthlings still lingering or entering the nightside, as he stared upwards: "Whut the gottdamned hell?!??" he muttered. "No more water." Harriet's bone scraped voice whispered back.

  • MSG
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As he stared, one point where the faint lines of the celestial lattice crossed began to brighten, grow and glow red, until he realised it was descending inexorably to the surface.
  • Last Edit: July 15, 2016, 05:49:29 PM by MSG
braying among the ruins

  • borealis
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"Holy shit!" said Emmet, as wide awake now as if someone had run a cold finger down his spine. Someone had. He yelped in horror as  he saw over his shoulder the skeletal hand withdrawing to hang limp at its owner's side. The calico print dress was drifted with the dust of the plains, ragged and creased from its sojourn under the dirt pile by the stables. The network of bright lines and much brighter nodes continued to fall silently

  • MSG
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Reply #21
Elsewhere, Emmet's fallen draught horse stallion suddenly twitched.
braying among the ruins

  • borealis
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Trying to look at anything other than the ghastly hanging countenance of his deceased wife, Emmet stared out over the plain. The broad flat surface seemed to ripple and jerk. On the trashpile, the well stripped carcass of last evening's chicken dinner jerkily flapped a denuded wing.

The day was unbearably bright now.

  • MSG
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Reply #23
"Status report?" Lieutenant Beltway's head snapped around in response to the Admiral's barked demand.

"All forces are deploying according to plan, Excellency" - at this, the Admiral nodded with satisfaction - "but we are receiving an incoming communication from The Federation. Shall I patch them through?" The grim smile morphed into a frown.
braying among the ruins

  • borealis
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Reply #24
Emmet glanced up again. The red node appeared to be on a trajectory for the ancient buffalo jump on the butte. Over to the left the horse he'd shot staggered to his feet and clopped heavily to his side, nudging Hattie out of the way. Emmet drew a deep shuddering breath, took in the now rolling, twitching landscape, and climbed up on the old horse. "At least you ain't stinkin' too bad yet, Foster." He urged the horse towards the butte, and when he looked back once it was only to see Hattie rapidly clacking her jaws, as if she laughed.