A Snowy Night Giveaway and Contest

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The night sky is dark and flecked with snow. Headlights are the only glimmer of illumination, they pass infrequently, heralded by the rumble of tires and a steadily increasing brightness, lighting a stage in the air upon which snowflakes can perform briefly before they are whisked aside by the bearer of those cold lancing lights. I shrug deeper into my thick jacket each time as the serene flakes that performed for me moments ago suddenly lash my face with the vehicles passing. Tailights are obscured in thick billowing clouds of flakes in the car or trucks wake. Mere moments pass, and I trudge in silence once more.

It is cold. Not yet so cold that the snow cannot fall, but still cold. I left unprepared to be out in it for any amount of time. I should have known better... I do know better... unexpected things happen. My jacket will have to do.

The sneakers I am wearing certainly are not enough. My feet are near numb already. Jeans don't help much either. If I had known I would be walking in this I would be fine. Heavy boots and mittens, snowpants and goggles, thick hats and scarves. I have all of these things... I had all these things... Reality settles on me slowly.

Where am I going to go?

I do not know the answer. I sense another vehicle beginning to approach. Before I can see the evidence of it's headlights I can hear the odd hiss of its tires in the snow. Strange how snow makes everything so much quieter... At least it isn't a snowplow... If it was I would feel its blade rumbling and scraping as it pushed the snow aside despite my frozen feet. Though it is surprising I haven't seen one yet. I've been walking for an hour or so already. Just as surprising is the fact that no one has stopped to ask if I need a ride... In conditions like these locals know better than to leave someone on the side of the road with miles to walk to town. Perhaps they haven't noticed me. Only a couple of cars have passed and once a truck with snowplow attached but raised, headed to clear some local residents driveway no doubt. Perhaps they will stop this time.

I am treated once again to the dance of snow on a stage of light, once again battered by wind and snowflakes that sting and seem to cut to the bone. They didn't even slow down. They didn't even move toward the center of the road! They passed so close I stumble a step or two away from the roads edge. I feel the cold continuing to seep into my legs as my feet sink into the deep snowbank left on the roadside since the last storm. Memories of what I am walking away from stir and I stop still as if I am already frozen solid. I am lost for a moment in those memories before they urge me onward once more.

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This is a giveaway post! Continue on with the short storyline I have started here! What memory is our character running from? What drove him or her out into the snow? Where are they headed? Will they make it?

I will be handing out 5 PIZZA to anyone that enters as well as selecting the best continuation of the story for SBI sponsorship from me! The amount of SBI will depend on the number of entrants! More people entering means more SBI sponsorship for the winner as well as PIZZA for every entry!

1 entry1SBI5 PIZZA per entry
2 entries2SBI5 PIZZA per entry
3 entries3SBI6 PIZZA per entry
4 entries4SBI6 PIZZA per entry
5 or more entries5SBI7 PIZZA per entry

Entries must be posted in the Scholar and Scribe community and be 300+ words to be considered- simply using the #scholarandscribe tag will not count!

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Nice! Is this going to be ongoing like the Tale of Two Pizzas? !PIZZA !hivebits

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for now it is just a giveaway/contest for the week! I don't think I will run another one in the same format as tale of two pizzas until that one finishes just because it can get so complicated to keep up with and difficult for people to figure out how to break into the plot. I am working on a few things focused on collaboration for authors though with the lets write together weekly event and more interesting story formats to come!

We are gonna build some really cool things here in Scholar and Scribe!
!PIZZA !ALIVE

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PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA!
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Does the story have to close with my continuation? Or is the idea that it is just a part of something longer? !PIZZA

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It could go either way! It isn't supposed to be a format like tale of two pizzas where I am planning to continue it- it is just an open ended prompt so you can decide if you'd like to bring the story to a close or if you want to leave yours open ended as well! I hope you'll write something for it!
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Thank you! I saw it late, but I'm going to try to write something anyway.

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