matrixWelcome to April… almost! Well, hopefully the long winter is over by now and some spring showers are on their way. Also, hopefully sometime this coming month I’ll be finding out if I’m going to get into either of the masters programs I applied to. Anyway, let’s get straight into today’s exercise. You’ve done this kind of story challenge before, but it is fairly complicated. I’m going to give you a series of criteria including genre, theme, some character archtypes, etc. Your job is to write a story that includes all of the features required in the challenge. If you intend to post it here, please keep it short. However, the complexity of this challenge often requires a longer story.

Theme: Out of the Darkness

Genre: Speculative Fiction (i.e. Any kind of fantasy or science fiction genre)

Setting: Either deep underground, or deep space

Character Archetypes:

1) A mad explorer bent on discovering an unknown civilization

2) A woman in love

3) The ever-lovable wise midget

4) A clockmaker

Items:

1) A tome of dark and ancient secrets

2) A powerful crystal

3) A fire

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