Story Collaboration: Chapter 7 Posted. Who wants to write Chapter 8?

I decided to write chapter seven for the story collaboration hopefully to get the ball rolling again for other people to join in. As some have noticed, it has been on a brief hiatus and it is so far from being over.

Admittedly, I wanted to also participate in the story again because all of you made it so interesting; and my imagination just torments me.

Because of this, I decided to change the rules not only to be fair, but to allow the story to expand even more. Multiple author submissions are allowed. This means if you wrote a chapter formerly, you can feel free to participate in any future chapters. There is no longer a restriction or limit. However, I do recommend not to claim different chapters all at once, or even jumping in chapter after chapter continuously without break; I want as many people as possible to be able to participate while still being fair.

Recap: In chapter six, it is revealed that Charles has been installed with integrated circuits (IC) that with the memory chip (MC) will help Charles forget his former identity as an intelligence gatherer. An unknown woman tells Charles of a global power that will rise called The Gamma. Z contacts Charles and reveals to him that there is a world master plan to permanently delete social media sites and control NASA’s live space feed to manipulate and transfer data to the South Pole. Charles was revealed to be wired with another IC and eventually once that it has reintegrated vital information, he will be sent to various countries to be cloned.

Charles is taken to a locked cell where he overhears two men having a conversation about his adjustments; they believe he will adapt, and that Venus, Richards, and Z were (or are going to be) controlling the world through their data collection and illegal raids.

Most importantly, unknown to all the major players involved, amnesia wasn’t settling in with Charles. He still has his memory equipped of his former life, but as the drugs take affect in his system, Charles dozes off to the sound of the ship leaving.


Remember the rules if you want to participate:

  • Leave a comment expressing direct interest in writing a chapter. If you’re the first to ask, the writing baton is bestowed upon you for that chapter. You must comment to reserve a place and when it is your turn, I will remind you in the comments section. Clock’s ticking, though! You have three days from that point to write the chapter and send it back to me as well. However, if I don’t hear back past three days, I will be looking for another participant to write the chapter.
  • Please do not submit to the form without commenting your interest in writing a chapter. Multiple author submissions are allowed! Submitted a chapter previously? No worries. You can jump in for more anytime. But, you gotta be first to claim it!
  • The minimum word count is 500. The maximum word count I will accept is 5,500. When it’s your turn, submit your continuation here where I will then review and edit it. The day after you submit your continuation and it is accepted, the chapter will be posted and the process starts all over again.
  • I will not accept anything religious, outwardly political, hateful, pornographic, slurs, or anything that is demeaning, threatening or harmful in its content. Please nothing that is against a particular group, or anything that demeans a certain group of people that would be considered racist, homophobic, sexist, religious discrimination or prejudice. I will not accept your piece if that is such the case.

No clue what’s going on in the story so far? We got you.

Chapter One by Lucy

Chapter Two by Liyona

Chapter Three by James Strummer

Chapter Four by Matt Snyder

Chapter Five by Silver Stone

Chapter Six by DK

Current chapters claimed:

Chapter 11 by PatBunny

Note: I will be re-posting this to attract different readers and writers of different time zones internationally. If you reblog this and I re-publish the post, the link will lead to an error message. The way to fix this would be to update the link on your end.


Chapter Seven by Lucy

A/N: Well my Google Search history is just… yikes from writing this chapter.

The foghorn dissipated in my ears.

When I awoke, we had docked and I was led carefully to a separate room, the color of bismuth, icily awaiting for a visitor. Before I went in, I had to sign a wavier of my decision to participate (as I was finally level-headed enough to consent) in these… global affairs in the abduction and wiping of MC’s and IC’s.

Fucking corruption at its finest. What I did in my past line of work was on the shadows of illegality. I knew that. I knew what I was getting into from there, but I didn’t expect that the death of a high top shoe in to be the death of my old self to what they wanted me to become. Who they were was debatable in its entirety. I no longer could trust the ones I knew.

The door eventually opened, and I met with Venus face to face.

“Hello Viper. We have a lot to discuss now that you’ve been cleared.”


I had to meet with Z later on in the day after my flight to London.

Though as I studied from afar the passerby’s and patrons at the cafe tables, my gaze was set on the fucked-up buildings, and then soon a young man by the river-view table; panel glassed windows reflected the floret clouds. I reach for my drink, set my eyes on his accessories on his wrist—a Cartier interestingly, I think. It’s a warm day, and I settle away from the framed sunlight. I grab my umbrella, continually eyeing this man against the light filled view.

In any sense, perhaps it was his demeanor, but as I started toward his table, the man was leaving. The chilled air swallows me whole, and I force myself to run to catch up with the man.

“Excuse me! Excuse me!” He ignores me, continuing his trek. I grab him from the back of his suit, wrinkle my nose, and twist his body around to my line of sight. He looks terrified, nearly ready to convulse; hands buzzing with shock, sweat, among other things.

“What do you want?” He shouts.

“Where did you get that watch?”

He lowers his voice, still slightly trembling. “…What?”

“Your watch. It’s really nice.” I lean in closer. “Is that real gold?”

“Uh… Um, yes, yes, it is real gold.”

“Where’d you get it?”

“I—I don’t know. My wife got it for me. A—a gift.”

“Oh. What’s your wife’s name?”

A pause. “Excuse me?” I stare at him, waiting, not withdrawing my hands from his broad shoulders. “L—Lana. Listen, please, I don’t know what you want? You want the watch? Take it, but please—”

“Oh, I’m not going to hurt you! I just wanted to know the brand. Cartier, right?”

“…Holzkern.”

“Huh. I never heard of that brand.”

He clears his throat, turning to leave. I grab my umbrella as the darkening clouds started to form. The shade covers me, and throughout the empty streets, I walk in the direction of the man.

My grip loosens on the umbrella, now angled downward; it slices easily into his thigh and he starts to bleed, the red now burdened, padding his brown layered pants. He slips a tad on the concrete, whirring slightly deeper into the dark dawn tip of the knife.

I wiggle it out and run off.


“So, how did your first mizzon go, Viper?”

“It went as expected, Z.”

“The ricin was in the umbrella syringe?”

“Yep, he’ll be having a shit-load on the can from both ends. He’ll be dead in two to three days.”

“Hmm, and how, Viper, did you prevent him from going to the hozpital?”

“He didn’t know right away what happened. I ran off to the side of the cafe before he could understand what went on. I traced him back to his house, and from then on, he was just treating it as a little wound. Bandages and rubbing alcohol.”

“This iz good news. Eazy money then it iz for both of us.” He pours himself a drink from his lounging chair. He gestures toward me with another glass; I shake my head. “No?”

“I’m not too big on alcohol.”

Z starts to guffaw. “And how would you know that, Ch—Viper? You don’t know until you try some.”

“I said no.”

“Alright. So then, how do you feel? Your first mission?”

“Did what I had to do.”

“Ryker Volkov will be dead, his blood on your handz. No feelingz?”

“None.”

“Intriguing.”

“I… I just followed Venus’s orders for this operation. I met up with her after the load-off point on the ship where I awoke. She gave me a file, some background information on the target along with Stephen Richards’s information about his death the day we interacted; and she also gave me enough money to book a hotel and flight tickets.”

He looked away from me. “There is a change. You no longer listen to her. You listen to me now on. Venus iz bitch anyway.”

“What?”

“Viper, you muzt know that. She iz angry all the time, has something wrong,” he gesticulates with his hands to his head, “with her head. She iz not equipped to be running the operation anymore.”

What the fuck? He’s the one who had Venus listen in on the original meeting and then run the fucking Shakespeare fest.

Everyone stabbed me in the god damn back because of what I know. Because they can’t trust me? Who knows anymore? Franz thought I would be wiped from it all in my memory, but what a shame that the people recruited botched the wipe. I doubt they were real engineers. If anything, they were denser than Richards’s skull in the warehouse.

Z noticed my sluggish mood. “You, Viper, get into your head too much. I thought you had no feelingz about what happened?”

“Just thoughts.”

“Zhare them with me? C’mon,” he laughed heartily. “Who am I going to tell?”

“Why did I have to off Ryker? What happened to putting Richards on the Discard list?”

Z titled his head, rubbing his grey beard in thought. “Ryker had to be exterminated, because of his connection to Richards. He was digging into zome stuff, the dipshit. We had to neutralize him, since he’s the one who pulled the strings in getting that dick in the warehouse. He works all sides, we believe.”

“What, he might have connections to the FSB?”

“Not exactly. We believe he had connection to the Delano 618.”

It took me a moment to process this. It became sudden upon me. “Why do you feel so free to tell me this?”

“Your predisposition, Viper. It will make you forget. When we recruited you, we control you. We own you. I trust you.”

A chill stabbed me, but I repressed its shudders on my skin. “So, they’re killing one of their own now?”

“Not what I said, Viper. The D-618 was going to terminate him, but he proved himzelf useful into looking in Richards’s death. Of course, he didn’t know that. Oh, how thin on the line of death he was,” he reflects wistfully. “Putting his noze to the dog shit that Richards plowed himself in. We had to off him becauze the D-618 will start believing it was uz who offed Richards.”

“Didn’t we?”

Z avoids my question. “They will believe some other government killed Ryker, some type of shitty operative who didn’t know better; a ztupid rookie who didn’t know when to stop. With Angelica’s connections as we speak, in the next two to three days, the news broadcasts into the memory chips will have those believe that Ryker was an operative rookie who didn’t know to quit, so he got killed. By who? Don’t know. Perhaps Putin. This is not a trademark of ours. We don’t uze poison—off the record of course.”

“So, they’re going to trail the Russians. For what?”

“Viper, if I answer anything more, thiz will not be good for both of us, see? We’re already in a pickle, and it will not be good. Listen,” he opens up his navy coat to take out a manila file. He slides it over on the table. When I open it, I shut it immediately.

“Why? I can’t do this—No.”

“What you mean, ‘No’? You are under Air Proxy; you are contracted for five more years. If you quit, or do not do a job, you will expozed to different pressures. You will be blacklisted. You may be put to death for treason of your motherland. Who knows? You may be the one taking the fall for Richards’s death.”

“No,” I whispered. “You wouldn’t.”

“Viper. Let us not. You will do your job, won’t you?”

“But, this doesn’t seem right.”

“None of it is. You live with it to the grave. You live with it everyday. People die. So what? They could jump head first into the ocean and be split like a knife. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you listen to me. I am real boss to you, V. You follow my orders.”

I look at the target profile to see the haunting, soulless eyes of Venus.

“But, why kill her? What did she do?”

 Z looks away, his eyes brutally somber shifted to the black roses on the table. He takes one, brushing the petals into the white-blue vase. He decides an answer. “She iz expendable, ultimately. She needs to die so that the Delano 618 can go after a European Central government. If one of our own die, then they will not target us.”

He leaves the room without a second glance. I pick up the file again, opening it, reading the details of the next target. Some key information about them as well that will have a role in their untimely death.

I sit back, fold my hands, and sigh. What the fuck? What the fuck is going on? I have to be focused and calm—no looking back. They have to believe I don’t remember my former life as their intelligence gatherer. I have to convince myself in a direct manipulation of mental gymnastics that I am their new assassin.

It can be expected that I would remember somethings. But, not all. I can’t ask questions that I would like to know the answer to. For instance, why was Cracker killed? Why did he help turn me in? Was he a watch-man for this department, overseeing my potential skills?

It doesn’t matter anymore. His death was in Angelica’s hands. And her death will be in mine.

Live or die. Those are our choices. I made choices everyday when I worked in the intelligence database, scoping out operatives that would be taken down for their corruption. When it all changed, I will never know. Then again, maybe it was always there, and I just couldn’t be let known about it until the right time. What was the end-game here? Was it entirely world power? Was the root of it down to a chase of power and money?

I know that Venus has her hands in so many different pies, she probably can’t tell the flavor of them apart anymore. If she controls so many subversive organizations, it wouldn’t be that far off to believe that Z does too.

I feel constrained near my forehead. I imagined there was blood pooling, but nothing was there. When I look back up, Z is back in his seat, looking me over carefully.

“Thoughts?”

“Isn’t Venus the one in control? The projects, the cases…”

“Doesn’t matter. None of your business if I am concerned. We have our own procedures that we follow.”

“You have someone to shoe in then.”

Z stares at me.

“It’s you, isn’t it?” I ask.

“No more questions.”

“You pretty much answered it, Z. You pretty much did. But, I have one last question.”

“What?” He rolled his eyes, exasperated. “You want some more money? You have to move up in rank—kill some more people. You know good money when you neutralize all threatz. You move up. You be like me. I’ll be retiring soon. I need money to fall back on, and this is our chance, Viper. Now…” A pause. “What is your question?”

“How would you like her to die?”

A smile eased on his face.


51 Comments on “Story Collaboration: Chapter 7 Posted. Who wants to write Chapter 8?

    • Yes, I can. I am open for any genre, especially horror and gore.

      As long as it follows the guidelines I’ve set out (which the main one being that it’s not discriminatory or threatening against a specific group of people), then it’s a-okay in my eyes.

      Happy writing. 🙂

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      • Just curious about the gores, on what level of 1 – 5 of descriptive explicity excluding victim’s identity should be considered acceptable?
        1 – fancy poetry coverup
        2 – cartoon violence
        3 – some blood, bruises, and cuts
        4 – display bones and severe damages
        5 – brutality display

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      • On what level of explicit gore should be acceptable in a horror story,
        1. Fancy poetry coverup
        2. Cartoon Violence
        3. Show blood and bones
        4. Show organs and major wounds
        5. Bloody brutality?

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      • Between four and five for this one too.

        I don’t really have any guidelines against graphic violence. I mean, I like horror a lot so I’m pretty biased, but the more descriptive, the better. 😀

        As long as it follows the rules, you’re good. Would you like to claim chapter eight? If so, it’s all yours. 🙂

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      • Anything you want, really. If you’re all caught up with the previous chapters, it’s honestly up to you where the story goes in the next chapter.

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      • Well, not exactly. It should still pertain to the plot along with what’s already established in the story. Other than that, anything you choose going forward is up to you and how it can tie into the overall plot.

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  1. Hey Lucy, how should I link the google doc of a finished chapter 8 and submit it to you? I’m not reallysure how your submission entry form work though.

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    • Hi!

      So you just go to the form I have, fill out the information and post your entire work in the answer box that requests the chapter.

      Hope this helps. 🙂

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      • I just finished reading it. Oh, wow!

        I think this one is a game changer, and it definitely will be a challenge for whoever claims chapter nine.

        You said you’d give horror, violence and gore, and you certainly delivered! I think this is my favorite chapter yet. It will be posted tomorrow. 😀

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      • I saw you had a horror worshop, so I tried to see if I can do a little horror. But about the gores, I’m not even sure if I have made it descriptive enough. It feels like Level 4.7 for some reasons.

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      • I let my sister read about 1/5 of the story. Do you think I have made too many grammar errors and the characters’ dialogues too hard to understand because I add a few types of accents?

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      • You didn’t make much grammar errors (that I’ve noticed). I edit each chapter to make the story flow as a whole.

        The dialogue isn’t hard to understand to me. I think adding the accents gives it an accentuation on the personality and dynamic of the characters.

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      • Thank you. Sometimes I really worries too much about whether the story will flow. As for character Z, is he a French speaker because of the “Z” pronounciation? If not, then sorry for giving hin the Fench accent.

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      • I understand. 🙂

        I believe Z is of Russian descent born in Eastern Europe. I think that was in Chapter Three? I will have to check.

        But, I think the French accent is fine. All of what is established is that he was born in Eastern Europe, not that he grew up there. 😉 Who knows, maybe he moved to France in his developmental years.

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      • By the way, was that character Z or Charles in Chapter 1 when he was talking with Richard? Or was he supposed to be a hidden character?

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      • Now that makes sense why he got sort-of lynched. But I feel like 🤦‍♀️-

        I should have add that old investigator persona to his Charles’s character. But it will be hard maintaining 3 personalties.

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      • No that’s ok. I think Charles only need to have 2 personalities –
        1) Old Charles fused with New (MC) Charles, they are both inquisitive but more innocent and disciplined

        2) Charles’s chimeric and overprotective twin, Dr Fankensti Viper.

        2 is a party, 3 is a crowd.

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      • Yes, I have! Ever since I started the blog, it has been on there. It’s on the very bottom of the right sidebar when you go to my site.

        When I’ve used it, it works. Hope this helps. 🙂

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      • Um… There’s a downward arrow on the right of the translator that lets you select the language. I’m not entirely sure if that’s the question you were asking, though.

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      • Lucy, can you do me a favor and check on crcmindimages.wordpress.com om the internet and see if the translator bar shows arrows on your side?

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      • I just checked. I see it and even tested it out. It works fine.

        It might be your browser, I guess. I switch between Safari and FireFox a lot, but it still shows for me though.

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