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January 26th, 2010
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Seasonal and Topical - An Occasional Drabble Thingy
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Here’s a little experiment. I have no idea whether there will be any response, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get, so here goes:

I always enjoy the Friday Drabble Challenge over at lifein1973, and while I was babysitting the challenge over Christmas I used mainly seasonal prompts. That gave me the idea to try writing a seasonal or topical challenge every week, perhaps around Tuesday to break up the week. And then I thought - I wonder if anyone else would like to join in?

What’s the topic this week? Well, in India, January 26th is Republic Day. And in Australia it is (has been) Australia Day.

So my prompt for this week - and yours if you want to join in - is either of the above, or Independence or New Beginnings or It's a Very Long Way.

I’ll be posting my effort after the school run, but in the meantime, if you’re interested, have at it!

Post your drabble as a comment to this post, and if you have any ideas for future seasonal prompts, let me know by PM. I may also use the occasional completely random prompt if something occurs to me.


The rules are minimal - One hundred words exactly, and be polite when commenting!
You can write any fandom or original fiction, any pairing or none.
You don’t even have to write in English if you don’t want to.


Please note that if you do choose to write in another language, I can't promise to comment beyond a simple "Thank You", although I will do my best via Google! A rough translation would be lovely, but is not essential. The translation does not have to be 100 words, nor does it need to be polished or “good English”. Just the gist is fine, to put across the idea.

This is obviously an extremely low-profile challenge, so if you've never written anything before and are nervous about posting, now's your chance.


Enjoy!


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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 26th, 2010 09:04 am (UTC)

Australia Day (Life on Mars, Gene/Sam)

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“What’s up, Gladys? You’ve got a face like a wet weekend. Carling disobeying your orders again?”

“No. Well, yes, but that’s not it.”

“Come on, then, tell Uncle Gene.”

“Well, it’s Australia Day today and I was thinking...”

“I’ll break you of that one day.”

“...that I always used to email - um, write to - my cousins in Australia on Australia Day.”

“Nothing stopping you. I’ve got some stamps. I’ll even let you use a Constabulary envelope if it’ll take that miserable look off your face.”

“I can’t. I don’t know their address. And half of them aren’t even born yet.”
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Edited at 2010-01-26 09:07 (UTC)
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From:lunadeath02
Date:January 26th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Australia Day (Life on Mars, Gene/Sam)

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awww, poor Sammy! Another thing he misses doing in the future. :(
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 27th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)

Re: Australia Day (Life on Mars, Gene/Sam)

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I had in mind that his Mum had found these cousins via google and genesreunited or something; it was just one more in a long list of things that we take the internet for granted for nowadays and Sam would miss that so much.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 26th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)

A Very Long Way (Green Day)

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“See you got another front cover, dude. ‘Rock God Billie Joe Armstrong struts his stuff in Sydney.’"

“That seems a long time ago now. Long way, too.”

“Sure does. Want another beer, Mr Rock God?”

“For fuck’s sake, did it ever occur to you that we’re in the same fuckin’ band, so if I’m a rock god, you guys must be rock gods too?”

“Me, I’m just a dork. But I’m a fuckin’ successful dork and that’s good enough for me.”

“Babe, don’t you read the internet? Sure, Billie Joe’s a rock god. But Mike Dirnt is a sex god.”
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Edited at 2010-01-26 12:29 (UTC)
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From:thesmallhobbit
Date:January 26th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)

New Beginnings (The Devil's Whore)

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Thank you for this suggestion - great idea.

Angelica listened to the church bells ringing in the crowning of the Lord Protector and the permanent loss of her husband. She had survived his exile, at least she could hope that one day Cromwell would relent and permit her Edward to return. But death left no hope.

Yet, even as she mourned her loss, she felt the first movements of the child within her. Much as she would have liked to stay weeping on the beach forever, she knew that she was responsible for another life. She would go to Elizabeth Lillburne and the two widows could cry together.
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From:dorsetgirl
Date:January 27th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)

Re: New Beginnings (The Devil's Whore)

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I love the contrast between the two paragraphs, between the bleak hopelessness of the first and the reluctant but firm resolution of the second. This is a wonderful depiction of how a child changes your whole view of the world. And the last sentence is perfect, so poignant. You've conjured up so much of the last episode here - wonderful!
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From:thesmallhobbit
Date:January 27th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)

Re: New Beginnings (The Devil's Whore)

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Thank you. I've been toying with the idea of writing something from TDW for a while, so I'm really grateful that you've given me the opportunity/spurred me on.
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