As they did in 2014, The Nursery Files and Bump in the Night are again teaming up to present you a joint Halloween challenge. The Third requirement will determine which site your story will be hosted on (though if you pick c, it will be cross-posted at both).
This year's challenge will be to take a given first paragraph and then make the story your own. We've left it vague enough for the setting to be anywhere from a haunted house (or church, or hospital or...) that's being investigated to the character's own home. Let's see what you do with the prompt!
This is the opening paragraph to your story, though it's somewhat incomplete.
Remove the brackets and replace them with the word/s or character that fits best for your story
Note: if you'd like to write a first-person story, feel free to change the [character] blanks to I, me, and my
The setting of your story should begin on night of October 31, of any year. You may continue the story into November if you wish, but please begin it on Halloween.
You can take this one of three directions:
a. Continue the story and make a child (age 0-19) a significant character in your story. He or she need not be the main character, but they need to merit more than a brief mention.
Note II: the crying baby mentioned in the opening paragraph can be this child character if you'd like
Note III: the crying baby mentioned in the opening paragraph can be this supernatural entity if you'd like
When you submit your story, please let us know if you chose a, b, or c
As always, you are welcome to write a casefile and/or crossover story
Mention the challenge somewhere in the notes of your story, and remember to let us know about it!
Please submit stories by midnight on October 30th. If you post at A03, fanfic.net, on a website or blog/tumbler you own, you may submit a link to a work in progress.
Over the River and Through the Woods by Faerax
All past Halloween challenges on both Bump In The Night and The Nursery Files reopen every fall. If this year's challenge doesn't grab you, consider penning a fic for one or more of the past challenges linked below.
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