Story Collaboration: Chapter 10 Posted. Chapters 11 and 12 claimed.
Hello and welcome back to the Little Writing Workshop of Horrors Story Collaboration Edition. We’re already up to chapter ten (which you can read below!) and we’ve come so far from chapter one. This story has really evolved. Due to how far it has evolved, I realize we may be looking at a pretty large story, one that may extend into many chapters; this is also something to consider since the collaboration won’t end until around late August.
Starting with this chapter, I will be leaving a brief recap summary about major events and spoilers that have happened in the story so that readers/writers can catch up easier if they want to participate, new or recurring. This will make it easier to go over prior chapters and not skim back repetitively.
Older chapters have also been updated with a recap.
Recap: In chapter nine we were left with the aftermath of what happened in chapter eight with the death of a central character, Venus, and the emergence of a new one. Now, Charles has to deal with what has been created within him to take control, but it’s too much.
In the end, his alter ego Dr. Frankensti takes over and wants whatever game Z is playing in the global affair of chess. Dr. Frankie leaves with these final words to Zeransky as a warning if he does not get what he wants:
Now you’re caught up to chapter 10. Below are the rules as are posted with every new chapter to remind old-comers and newcomers how the collaboration works and what is considered acceptable. Know the rules? Just skip down below to read the chapter.
As of chapter seven, the prior rules have changed. Previous authors who have submitted chapters can submit again for future ones. This goes for anyone who submits now as well. Submitted a chapter? You can submit more or claim more in the future. There are no limits, but there is an implied courtesy to not claim chapters one after the next. This is so everyone can have a chance to participate.
When there’s a lull or hiatus in the story, and no one has claimed the chapter, I will jump in to write.
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 Seven by Lucy
Chapter 11 by PatBunny
Chapter 12 by Bioman
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Chapter 10 by Matt Snyder
Place: London Royal Botanic Gardens
Charlie Evans is out for a weekly stroll through the gardens with his Nanny Joy. Charlie was a unique child, always fascinated with counting. Kept a record book of all the flowers he had seen and how many are growing in the garden.
Because of Charlie’s uniqueness he doesn’t have very many friends, but he does carry with him a stuffed Frankenstein’s monster toy. It was his version of a security blanket.
At times, Joy has expressed her concern for the child because that stuffed toy has conversations with him (not in a supernatural way) but when Charlie speaks to Dr. Frankensti, he makes the toy talk back; Charlie has a weird glint in his eye when doing so—almost as if the toy is an extension of Charlie. The toy at times has evil demented thoughts that shouldn’t be coming out of the mouth of a five-year-old.
Charlie has always been mesmerized by the cherry blossom trees. He usually finds one to sit under and record his numbers for the day. Today, it was hot and the shade and beauty of that tree brought Charlie comfort.
Nanny Joy asked Charlie if he’d like an ice cream, and instead of responding himself, he raised his toy and made it speak. “What do you think, stupid bitch? It’s hotter than hell out here, of course we want an ice cream!”
Nanny Joy scolded Charlie about the use of language. Charlie just sat there looking down at his record book and choking the neck of his toy. Charlie peered up from his book and said to himself. That could be you.
Charlie spoke up, “I’m sorry, Nanny Joy. It won’t happen again.”
Charlie felt something on his hand. It was a beautiful purple and red flower that he had never seen before. He wondered how he had missed this one.
There is a voice behind the tree that resonates in Charlie’s direction.
“Hymenopus Coronatus or as I like to say H. bicornis.”
“I’ve never heard of that kind of flower,” said Charlie.
“That’s because it’s not a flower.”
“It’s not? But, it looks like one. It’s got pretty petals like one. What do you think, Dr. Frankensti?” There is no reply.
“Perhaps, the Dr. isn’t aware that the H. bicornis is alive.”
“You’re teasing me, Mister! How can this flower be alive if it fell off the tree?”
“Because, my dear boy, it is an insect, more precisely an orchid mantis. This species of praying mantis uses its body as camouflage–”
But before the man can continue, Charlie starts shaking and screaming. His loud cries are heard in the park and Nanny Joy rushes to his aid. She looks at the man near Charlie and started screaming for help.
The man said he was trying to explain to the boy that the flower on his hand was actually an insect. Nanny Joy brushes the mantis off of Charlie and takes the boy to another cherry blossom tree to relax him. When the police arrive on the scene she explains that the boy has a major fear of insects of all types; he was born in a butterfly sanctuary in a zoo and the butterfly was the first thing he ever saw up close coming into this world.
Nanny Joy gives Charlie his ice cream, sets him down and takes him by the hand to leave the garden behind. Later at the house as Nanny Joy puts Charlie down for an afternoon nap, Dr. Frankensti emerges, “You wicked woman, you will pay for your neglect.”
Nanny Joy takes the stuffed toy away from Charlie and throws it in the trash. This job to pay her way through college with such a disturbed child isn’t worth the paltry sum she makes an hour. She decides to write a letter of resignation in the drawing room. However, Charlie is standing in the doorway.
She looks up. “I told you to take a nap, Charlie.”
“He is… napping… I am awake.”
Nanny Joy is paralyzed with fear. Charlie approaches her. “Why did you abandon us in the garden today?”
She doesn’t respond. She slowly gets up and backs out the other door.
“Where the fuck are you going, bitch? We’re not through with you!”
Nanny Joy sprints towards the front door and trips over the coffee table, crashing through the glass and cracking her skull against the marble floor. There is a trickle of blood heading towards Charlie. He reaches down to touch the stream and puts his finger to his lips.
“We like the taste of that, we want more of that.”
Place: Delano 618 Headquarters
Time: Present Day
A dialogue between a lowlife hacker within the Delano 618 organization and a top ranking official.
“Algo esta mal senor.” Something is wrong sir.
“No estas accediendo al chip?” Are you not accessing the chip?
“Soy Senor, pero hay otra parte involucrada. Parece que no puedo entender como nos hackeando.” I am sir, but there is another party involved. I can’t seem to figure out how they are hacking us?
“Que te hace pensar que estamos siendo pirateados? What makes you think we are being hacked?
“El Senior Evans esta usando otro nombre ‘Doctor Frankensti’.” Mr. Evans is using another name ‘Doctor Frankensti.‘
“Te pago por controlar y robar para no cuestionar las cosas. Descubra quien es este Doctor Frankensti y solucione el problema.” I pay you to control and steal not to question things, find out who this Dr. Frankensti is and fix the problem.