My Haunting Choose-Your-Own-Adventure!

Hello, everyone. As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, my friend and I are doing a challenge to write your own Choose Your Own Adventure this month. I’m almost a week in, and although I can’t really see the ending happening any time soon, I don’t care! This story is going to be a monster of a program, so I’ll be happy if I get just one major path finished (I have a few minor path done, but they’re minor paths where very little action happens, so I don’t really count them). I figure I’ll give a little description of the story, since it’s going to take up so much of my time for the month, and because it’s one of Sabrina and my monthly writing challenges that isn’t posted on my blog, like the A-Z challenge was, and like the Haiku-a-day challenge will be. So, give me your comments on my idea, maybe some constructive criticism or advice, and I’ll post an update on how I did and a link to the story at the end of the month. 🙂

The story’s working title is “Not Quite Abandoned,” though I want to try to change the title at some point. I had a story idea a few years back about three siblings who move into an old house, only to discover that it’s being used as a hotel/sanctuary for displaced spirits. I wanted it to be a point-and-click video game, with pictures and mini-games and everything, but I have no programming knowledge, so the only way that’ll ever happen is if someone magically finds this blog and thinks my CYOA is good enough for them to spend time creating it for me. I also tried making a roleplay based off of it, but it flopped. So, I’m glad that it’s getting new life through this challenge.

For this month, I’m focusing on the oldest sister of the family, Melissa. She’s 16, and is a bit of a mother figure to her siblings, while her parents go through a sort of midlife crisis. Her life in the new house becomes complicated, however, when one of the spirits in the house begin to alternately attack and flirt with her. She discovers through her investigations of her room and the spirit that she looks exactly like one of the former residents of the house, Josephine, whom the spirit, Victor, had been attracted to and accidentally killed. Victor, however thinks that Josephine abandoned him, and is out for answers and revenge. Victor’s a bit of a nutcase, though I’m unsure how far I’ll push his insanity. I originally wanted options that would lead to Victor killing Melissa, but I’m not sure if I want to go through with those.

The “true path” (or, the path that will correspond with what happens to her both of her siblings’ stories) will be for her to investigate the haunting of her room on her own. I haven’t decided how to end that path yet, but it will definitely involve Melissa being alive, happy, and safe in her own home some way or another. Some of the other paths I have at the moment, though involve Melissa and her brother teaming up to investigate, her brother secretly investigating on his own, and Melissa breaking her arm which is going to somehow or another derail the storyline, since Melissa will be more physically limited.

If I can finish Melissa’s entire storyline without pulling out my hair, I’ll make storylines for her brother, Erik, and her sister, Annie. Erik’s will involve a spirit named Jezabelle, who is was Victor’s sister and is also the one who made the house a home for the homeless ghosts. His story will also be the one that includes a great majority of the “guest” spirits, though I may find a way to include a few in Lissa’s story, as well. Their youngest sister, Annie, will have a much simpler story, where she befriends a little ghost boy who hang out by the lake. Unlike Jeza and Victor, Daniel is not related to the family who built the house. He drowned in the lake on the property, and is extremely shy about speaking to anyone, since he wasn’t supposed to be near the lake when he dies, in the first place.

Well, wish me luck! I’ll post a reflection of this month’s challenge, as well as a link to try out whatever I managed to complete, at the end of the month. If you’re interested in playing through my adventure, please leave a comment below, and I’ll leave you a reply to tell you when I post it for the public. I don’t want to post it now, since it’s mostly dead ends right now. I will take any comments on your opinion of what I’ve described to you, though. I just ask that you please be respectful. This is just something fun that I’m trying to do, so I don’t expect it to be a masterpiece; just having a half-decent and somewhat interesting adventure done by the end of the month will be enough of an accomplishment from me, and seeing people becoming interested in it would make my day! See you later.

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Friday Fictioneers: Hell and Highwater

Once again, my dears, it is time for my story for Friday Fictioneers (whoo for accidental rhyming)! With the two FF stories I have read so far for this week both being inspired by the Fourth of July, I feel a bit out of place. But, I still feel as if it is relevant. After all, anyone living in central PA is probably aware of how much rain we’ve been getting, and hoe many flood watches there have been. I, personally, have no experience with evacuation (thank God), but have gotten pretty close to having to be during some of the hurricanes the past few years. U cannot imagine having to leave my home because of a natural disaster, but the sacrifices that such evacuations sometimes lead to are even harder to comprehend. With that, I leave you with my story, and hope you enjoy it, as well as wishing all Americans who read my post a very happy American Independence day!

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F: Faerie

For F-day, I decided to write about something that I enjoy very much: faeries. I’ve enjoyed the small, winged humanoids we know as the Fae since I was young, and this interested only strengthened as I grew older, and began to study more into them, discovering that Fae was more of a classification for a whole group of creatures, including elves, mermaids, and even Santa Clause (go figure). Still, I have always had a loyalty to the generic, winged women that most think of when I say the word. So, to celebrate the end of week one, I give you my faerie story.

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Monday Character Conversations: Charlemagne

I must apologize for my lack of posting recently. Ever since the new semester started up, I’ve been swamped with homework, and I hadn’t realized until classes started that I’m pretty much booked solid on Mondays, which makes it difficult when I fail to have my weekly character interview ahead of time. I’m starting to progress in my workload, though, so I should be able to get back to my 2+ posts a week plan by Spring Break at the latest. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to post as often as classes will allow, and hope I did not disappoint anyone with my complete lack of post for the last 2 weeks.

 

Anyway, since I interviewed one of Vaughn and Aria’s friends last time, I thought I’d interview an enemy this week. So, due to popular (read: Sabrina’s) demand, I will be interviewing Lieutenant Charlemagne, head of the Shifter unit of the seventh district of Hael.

 

Hello there, Lieutenant.

Hello, human.

I prefer super-awesome creator of everything you know and love or love to hate, but whatever Charlie.

Do not call me Ch-

How was your morning, Charlie?

It was decent. We did not have too many disciplinary matters to take care of, so I sepnt the majority of the day on patrol.

Did the Favorites help you?

Excuse me?

Did Jenneth, Bianca, and Zurina help you with your patrol, or did you do it on your own?

I did it on my own. Those three are a bit too…overzealous for normal patrol. They can be a bit rougher than the offence requires. They are better prepared to control troops during battle than enforce rules in the barracks.

Can they do espionage?

Hm…Zurina can do so fairly well. But Jenneth and Bianca are a bit too flash and loud to properly obtain information properly. They all stay together, though, since Jenneth is so fond of the entourage that comes with her position, so I cannot even make use of the one officer who can do what she is assigned correctly…

Why did you give them those positions if they can’t do their jobs correctly?

They are strong females. They strike fear into those below them, and are capable of controlling the soldiers assigned to them excellently. Plus, they are very good at certain…other duties…

Okay then… So, what is it like being a shifter?

It is an honor which you will never experience.  To be able to change my form, and become whatever I wish, is a feeling of pure freedom that proves how the shifters are the superior form of demon,  and are better than the humans by far.

No, I mean what does it physically feel like to shift?

I was getting to that, mistress of impatience. I feel the energy ripple through my body, stretching and bending my bones and muscles, and I begin to become whatever animal I am capable of picturing. Then, my body begins to grow or shrink, depending of the size of what I am becoming. Before I know it, I open my eyes, and I have become what I had desired to be.

And why do you so often choose a ferret?

The ferret is a very useful creature. It is capable of slipping in and out of room undetected, get the needed information, and pass along messages without arousing the attention of those with no business knowing. In addition, it also is fairly unassuming, so I may travel the halls in ferret form without disrupting any other business occurring or causing a distraction.

Uh-huh…so what you mean is, being a ferret helps you snoop around in demons’ rooms who you think might be breaking rules and snoop around, and if they have a human for a pet, you scare the bejeezus out of the poor girl without having her master notice.

If they are breaking rules, then they do not deserve privacy. I must go through their things, to ensure they will not be rebelling or trying to overthrow the general any time soon. And most of the troublesome types with slaves care about them so much that hurting the female is the most productive way to punish the master, ad seeing their little toy in pain and fear often hurts them more than anything I may inflict on them. Of course, there are some who, instead of taking their punishment and allowing it to be over with, they fight back, only causing their punishment to worsen…

Speaking of which, care to give a little description of how you feel about Aria and Vaughn?

Vaughn is a decent soldier when we are attacking the humans, given his rank and how lazy he is. It is unfortunate his record is sullied by those silly feelings for humans. It is especially unfortunate he has such strong feelings for that human girl. It was a mistake by the general to allow him to keep her, when has no use for her outside the bed, and does not even hold her to those duties very strictly. He could achieve such rank if he would give up his useless sensibilities and applied his strength to defeating the weak humans, rather than protect them. Of course, he will not allow me to lay a finger on the fragile thing, and is willing to take all manner of other punishment in order to keep her from having to take it for him. I suppose he will learn his lesson when the girl finds herself with child someday, and her body has been too coddled to survive the birth. [mutters] If he is not so gentle with her that he is not incapable of even bedding her properly…

And what do you think of Sokola? She wanted me to ask.

Oh, you mean the fluffy-haired winged human from that other world who is always calling for me?

Yeah, her.

She seems like a sweet girl. She is very feisty, it appears, and could probably protect herself fairly well. She must grow a bit of common sense, however. Given her personality, she would not be a very good slave. She would most likely fight back much too often, and would thus be beaten and reassigned fairly often, until she is simply marked as unbreakable and killed. As that general of hers presented her to General Galan, he is very set upon claiming her as a slave for one of our soldiers. She best stay away until he has had a chance to forget about her.

But what about Evron? I think he’s been growing sort of attached to seeing her in Sabrina and my chats. He’s probably be upset to bever see his Captain again.

That would be too bad. He will get over it.

What kind of relationship do you have with Evron and his mom, Jumelle, anyway?

Jumelle is my general’s slave. Unfortunatly, about five or so years ago, she found herself beginning to grow round with Galan’s child. The months passed, and Jumelle gave birth to a wingless little wretch that she named Evron. She was very lucky he did not have any wings to him, and she might not have survived the birth if he had. Obviously, my general would not want anything to do with the child of a human, even if it was most likely his, and was just eager to have Jumelle get back to her duties. Still, she was barely more than a child herself, and she could not stand the thought of simply abandoning him with nobody to care for him. So, I offered to help her with the child. Through that, we’ve managed to build a sort of friendship, in a way, though I’m still not a big fan of humans. The child is growing to show promise, however, and he is half demon, so perhaps he will grow to be of some use to us when he is older.

Admit it, Charlie, you have a soft spot for kids! :3

Do not call me Charlie.

Charlie~!

[sigh] Fine. Yes, I do feel that children deserve to be protected, regardless of whether they originate from above the ground or below. They are small and naïve, and have no chance to protect themselves. Thus, until they become adults, I do feel that I should especially enforce the rules to protect them, even if it means going against my general’s orders. I can usually find a loophole that protects the children somewhere, and I can often make one when one does not already exist. It pains me when there is no saving one, and they are hurt by one of our soldiers, or by the way our society is run in general.

Well, that seems like a good stopping point. Any last words, Charlie?

Do not call me Charlie.

Say good-bye to Charlie everyone! ^_^

 

So, there you have it. An interview with the ferret man himself. Hopefully, I will have time to get more on top of my blog from now on. If I do slack off, though, I assure you I will try to post something at least every other week, if not keeping up with just an interview every Monday. Wish me luck, and all the best to all of you!