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Competition: Don't be Afraid

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Don't be Afraid

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.” -Veronica Roth

All of us have fear living within us, it is how we act in the face of fear that defines us as brave or timid, strong or feeble. Your character has found themselves in a position where they are facing one of their fears (be it a cave overflowing with spiders, being trapped in a trash compactor, or losing a loved one). How do they handle the situation? Do they stand their ground and fight their way out of a terrifying predicament? Do they scream like a youngling and run in the other direction? Or do they calm themselves and use logic to talk their anxieties into non-existence? In no less than 500 words, describe how your character finds themselves in this situation and how they react to seeing one of their fears manifested before their eyes.

  • Acceptable submission formats include .pdf .doc, .docx, and submission box. Google docs links will not be accepted.

  • Entries will be graded based on the Fiction Rubric 2.0

  • First, second, and third place entries will receive second level crescents, and all participants will be awarded Clusters of Ice in accordance with VOICE word count criteria.

  • While adult themes are tolerated, if your submission does contain such content remember to uncheck the publish box. If you are unsure whether or not you should publish, err on the safe side and don’t publish it.

  • If you utilize another person’s character in your fiction, make sure you get permission from them to do so.

Competition Information

Organized by
Mystic Leeadra Halcyon, Runner Emere Galo
Running time
2018-03-02 until 2018-03-18 (17 days)
Target Unit
Entire DJB
Competition Type
Fiction
Awards
Second Level Crescents and Clusters of Ice as per VOICE guidelines
Participants
27 subscribers, of which 7 have participated.

Results

1st place
Corsair Qyreia Arronen
Member
Corsair Qyreia Arronen
File submission
Don't_Be_Afraid__QA14369.pdf
Placement
1st place
2nd place
Professional Koliss Welcott
Member
Professional Koliss Welcott
Submission
Professional Koliss Welcott opted out of publishing his submission.
Placement
2nd place
3rd place
Seer Mauro Wynter
Member
Seer Mauro Wynter
File submission
Fear.pdf
Placement
3rd place
Warlord Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
Member
Warlord Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
File submission
Fear.docx
Textual submission

Just a little go at something a bit different.

Placement
No placement
Battlemaster Takagari "DarkHawk" KogaRyu
Member
Battlemaster Takagari "DarkHawk" KogaRyu
File submission
The_Cat_and_the_Claw.docx
Placement
No placement
Knight Joe Durham
Member
Knight Joe Durham
Textual submission

The dream was always of the same thing. A dead world of ghostly whispers and choking dust, each breath leaves the tongue and throat coated with the acrid taste of decay. Strange creatures long since dead leave only their giant husk's behind to hint at the life that once was, scattered between small outcrops of what once must have been a sprawling city. This is what Knight Joe Durham has been dreaming about for the last two weeks.

At first, Joe had disregarded the dream as insignificant. But after his experience in last night’s dream he was certain the Force was trying to tell him something. This is why he’s decided to speak with his old master Kromtal Bloodfyre Stormfyld about the matter.

“And this dream, you’ve had it every night for several weeks?” Asked Kromtal sitting behind his large durasteel desk and looking intently at his former apprentice.

“Yes and always the same one.” Joe responded from the couch several feet in front of Kromtal’s desk.

“Interesting...very interesting.” Kromtal mumbled placing his hands under his chin. “Tell me what the dream was about again.” He ordered.

“ A planet, barren with ancient tombs scattered across the surface. It’s terrifyingly desolate, like it exists in nothingness.” Joe responded looking down at the table in front of the couch.

“ But last night’s dream was different. It felt as if I was actually there on the planet. I could hardly breathe and I could feel the Force leaving my body. I was completely powerless and terrified. It felt as though I was dead.” Joe said, clearly disturbed.

“What!” Exclaimed Kromtal. “That’s impossible.” He whispered, a look of complete horror spread across his face.

“Master what’s wrong?” How asked, a shiver moving down his spine. He could sense his master was in a state equivalent to that of a frightened child. “Your hands are trembling.” Joe observed.

“Listen to me!” Kromtal spoke in a distraught voice. Joe could tell his master was struggling to keep his composure right now. “ There is a place in the Galaxy where the dark side of the Force runs strong. It is something of the Sith but it was fueled by something far more sinister. It corrupts any living thing that walks on its surface, draining its life essence until nothing remains but an empty shell.” Kromtal explained, practically on the verge of tears.

Joe could feel the room around becoming darker, and the air colder, a sense of dread enveloping them. Clearly the dark side is at work. Joe thought to himself. He could feel himself trying to fight off the subtle feelings of fear creeping into him.

“This place what is it’s name?” Joe asked looking at his master.

“Please don’t make me say it” Kromtal begged. “ Tell Me!” Joe insisted. “Nathema… it’s called Nathema.” Kromtal said.

“We have to go there master!” Joe said standing from the couch.

“NO PLEASE PLEASE NO!” Kromtal suddenly blurted out before falling to the floor. “....I have n-n-no desire to even kn-kn-know of such places let a-a-alone go to them.” Kromtal whispered, curled into a ball on the floor.

He’s right something that not only scares the hell out of me but even a master of Kromtal’s level is really bad news. I’m way out of my league here. Joe thought to himself, doubt beginning to enter his mind. He collapsed back onto the couch.

He closed his eyes and tried to focus entirely on the Force. He stayed like this for several moments. Then suddenly his eyes shot open, his eyes were the color of a fiery red. He outstretched his arms and hands. Then a wave of pure Force energy was emitted from his very being, driving away all the darkness and fear inside the room.

That’s right the Force is calling me to the planet. This is my destiny. That is why no matter what I must go. And with that he left with his mind made up. He was going to Nathema to fulfill his destiny.

Placement
No placement
Warden Celevon Edraven Erinos
Member
Warden Celevon Edraven Erinos
Submission
Warden Celevon Edraven Erinos opted out of publishing his submission.
Placement
No placement