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Thread: Duel between King Athelstan and Swaeft - THE VOTE!

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    Turkafinwë's Avatar The Soulforged
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    The Writers' Study presents a Most Imposing and Spectacular


    between the Esteemed Writers

    King Athelstan and Swaeft

    The Duellists agreed that they would each produce a Piece of Writing conforming to the following Description:

    It was to contain no more than Two Hundred (200) Words, as measured by this Word-Counting Device. .
    It was to contain the words "Ice" and "Potato".
    It was to be submitted to the Duel Referee before the end of the 9th day of June in this year of 2019, as measured by Coordinated Universal Time +2 (UTC +2).

    The Duellists having both Satisfied the Requirements, the Duel shall Begin!

    You have ONE vote.

    Advertising the competition is allowed - Requesting votes for a particular entry is not allowed.

    Submission 1
    Winter’s foul breath chilled every bone in my body.

    The abandoned homes we marched by provided no source of refuge, for everything had been taken or destroyed, and the holes in the walls allowed the unrelenting, freezing wind to grace us with her presence, killing those she deemed unfit to carry on.

    And yet we pushed onward, shouldering our muskets and shivering in our fur coats.

    The lakes had long frozen into ice, leaving 200,000 men with no supply of water. The man to my right had lips as white as snow, and the man to my left had eyes so glazed over he may as well have been dead. We passed by abandoned farms – those that hadn’t already been burnt to a crisp, that is – with fields of dead crops wilting under the already weakening rays of the Sun. In these conditions, any one of us would have killed for even a taste of ordinary potatoes.

    And yet we carried on, plodding forth to meet the enemy, if he ever deigned to show up.

    Our faith in our Emperor was the only thing keeping us going at this point, but even that was fast expiring…as was I.

    Submission 2
    It all feels so cold. Half my heart is gone, and the other has turned to ice. I knew him for less than 10 years, but he was my whole life. He was my everything, he shaped me into who I am, and who I'll become. Today, almost 9 years after it happened I still can't comprehend that he's truly, fully gone. I remember all the happy moments. We didn't have much, but he always strode the extra mile for me. The time we saw Robin Hood. My first LEGO Star Wars set. Memories I'll treasure forever. Moments I'll never experience again. They say no father should have to bury their child, but to be a child while burying his father is heartbreaking. Even now as I think of it I can feel my eyes swelling up, and my throat clamping together as if a potato was lodged in there. I dread the day I forget each little moment. His eyes. His voice. Playing the Empire tutorial on the neighbour's computer because our couldn't. The little minute he was conscious and feebly kissed my hand before he minutes later lost his year-long battle with cancer. I miss him.

    May the best author survive win!

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    Default Re: Duel between King Athelstan and Swaeft - THE VOTE!

    That was most surprising, KA. Best of luck! I shall once again abstain from voting

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    Alwyn's Avatar Frothy Goodness
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    Default Re: Duel between King Athelstan and Swaeft - THE VOTE!

    These are suitably chilling tales, good luck to both writers!

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    So depressing. You two are some sadists. :/

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    Next duel: victor is challenged to the most depressing short story. >.>

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    Those were both pretty intense, but also written in a very calming finalistic tone. They ring well and are well put together, and I commend the both of you on your efforts this time around!
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    I expected some story about drinks, not to be drowned in sorrow myself. :/
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    I can't think of a movie where I like it that the bad guy gets dumb, because it's like I want the bad guy to be smart smart smart, so the good guy has to be even smarter!
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    That being said: A deep philosophical take about god, Nietzsche, Marx & faith.
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    So deep!
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    Hey! I never said any of those things!

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