Tag! I’m It

Jennifer Eaton is celebrating her blogiversary by inviting everyone to write a story with her. To see what the story is about, click on the links below:

Part One – Jennifer M. Eaton

Part Two – J. Keller Ford

Part Three – Susan Roebuck

Part Four – Elin Gregory

Part Five – Eileen Snyder

Part Six – Mikaela Wire

Part Seven — Vanessa Chapman

Part  Eight – Ravena Guron

Part Nine – Vikki Thompson

Part Ten — My Withershins

Below is part 11, my contribution:

As Marci hurried to greet her father, she wondered if she was wise to put the Olden leaf in the pot, a gift to her father from the Establishment. She’d been so upset over Janelle’s future that she hadn’t been thinking properly. Their family custom was to concoct Needletea in that pot upon her father’s return from his missions.

Move the leaf, Marci thought. She raced back upstairs and grabbed the leaf. Then she stopped.

This wasn’t the Olden leaf. This one had the wrong shape, and it wasn’t warm to the touch.

Where was the Olden leaf? Where did this ordinary leaf come from?

Marci hunted, but the Olden leaf was gone. Did Janelle take it?  No, she wouldn’t have taken it without telling her.

Then where…?

Marci’s heart skipped as she remembered Janelle’s brother, Janosc, had seen them with the leaf. She heard Janelle’s plea in her memory, Janosc – please – let me have the leaf.”

Oh no. Janosc took the leaf, and replaced it with this ordinary leaf. But why? To stop Janelle? To get Marci into trouble?

“Marci!” she heard her mother call. “Your father is home!”

Marci bit her lip. She wanted to see her father. Wrap her arms around him. Make sure he was in one piece after his mission with the Planetary Raiders.

But the Olden leaf was gone, and if she didn’t find it then her father’s missions will take on a whole new meaning.

Marci eyed the window as she heard her parents approaching the door.

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82 thoughts on “Tag! I’m It

  1. Oh, wow, you’ve escalated the tension! And added soon-to-be angry parents to the troubles. Marci’s got her hands full now. :)

    This is a great idea Jennifer had, and you and the others are all doing a great job keeping this complex tale together while moving it forward. It’s a lot of fun!

  2. might take a leaf out of this book once my imagination is oiled. You’ve captured that heart-in-mouth feeling when you’ve misplaced something of value and someone is expecting to see it.. A good cliff hanger for the next writer

    • Thanks, Laura. It’s a good way to write outside of our preconceived boxes. It’s fun, but I definitely fear how tough the road will be as we get further into the story.

  3. I agree that there is definitely tension. I’m left wondering, when will we get to know what happens next?

    • Hey buddhaful–

      Are you signed up to join in the story? I’m pretty sure you can still throw your hat…or pencil…into the ring. :) Every week about 250 words are added on to the story. You should check it out!

      How are things going, by the way? :)

      • Things are pretty good. I would have responded sooner, but I’ve been having trouble some trouble with internet access here, but I think it’s all resolved now. Anyway, I’ve been studying so less time for writing, but that just means I need to be more organized with my time.

  4. Great ending! I feel like I was watching a movie. I gripped the sides of my chair as the scene came to a crescendo and then….. someone turned the power off by accident. When is the rest coming?!?!

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  6. Great job, Kate! I’d been wondering how that little glitch would work itself out. Now, the next writer(s) will have to figure out the leaf’s significance in keeping Marci’s Dad safe during his missions. I love it! :)

    • I didn’t know what the heck to write, and then I saw the leaf snafu. I was thankful for it because from there I just knew what needed to happen, and I felt no more pressure. :)

      Yeah, as this story progresses it’ll be interesting to see all the separate storylines being pulled together.

  7. Hey 4 am. It looks like you’re gonna be a pretty busy blogger, cause I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. And I ain’t taking it back.
    Okay, I could take it back, but that would . . like, marginalize all the tough I just threw out there. So, please, don’t make me take it back. And if you do make me take it back? Edit this comment, heavily.

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  9. What a great story, Highly entertaining, I started from the beginning and it just keeps getting better and better. It is so fun to watch so much talent all working together, but I agree, now I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment, just excellent! Penny :)

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  35. Kate – You have certainly maintained the pace whipping the story back to Marci’s corner with a taut 250 word adventure. I am so enjoying catching up as i prepare to enter this story very soon. There is so much good story telling and writing ability here. i am very happy to find this group! I hope you will come read my piece when i add it very soon.

    • Thanks, Joe. Glad to have you aboard the story train. It’s definitely an interesting challenge when you have to work with such a variety of talents. It keeps me on my toes. :)

      Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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