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The Make a Story Challenge

Postby Andrew L » April 10th, 2010, 5:24 pm

I'm often intrigued by memorial plaques, about the stories behind them, and all the possible stories that could be made up about them.

Here's a short video, beginning and ending with one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8bWW1gqRco

See if you can make up stories behind them
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Re: The Make a Story Challenge

Postby GregB » April 11th, 2010, 12:16 pm

On the first plaque:

Sophia Denisovna Ulyanov was an officer in the Soviet navy who in the autumn of 1962 was assigned to one of the ships transporting nuclear missiles to the island of Cuba. This policy was already arousing the wrath of the Kennedy administration in the United States and the likelihood of thermonuclear war breaking out between the two superpowers grew ever stronger as the days passed. Unknown to her superiors, Sophia was pregnant, and fearing for the life of her baby, she decided to jump ship as it passed through the English Channel, hoping beyond hope that Britain would be spared the worst in a nuclear exchange. One night, she inflated a life-raft and went overboard.

With her sailing skills, she managed to reach shore with little difficulty and found herself in the English county of Devon. Thinking that the heart of England might provide a safe refuge, she stole a car at gunpoint (she had kept her service revolver with her) and, with the aid of a map she found in the glove compartment, headed north. Some hours later, she found herself near to a large forest in the Gloucester area and, feeling exhausted, stopped and left the car. What Sophia didn't know was that she had been affected by radiation from the missiles on board ship having had a cabin too near to them (there were also leaks, the missiles having been hurriedly assembled with little consideration for the Soviets' Cuban lackeys.) Suddenly, her birth pangs began just as she realised that she was dying. Giving birth to a baby girl, Sophia wrapped her in a blanket she had found in the car and, with paper and pen from the same source, wrote the name 'Dena' - the familiar name she had intended for the child as a dedication to Sophia's father - in Western script and tucked it inside the blanket.

The next day, attracted by its cries, an elderly woman called Theresa Green who lived in a cottage in the forest discovered the baby Dena lying on the inert corpse of her mother. The old lady took the infant back to her cottage, leaving her devoted deaf-and-dumb hunchback guardian, Igor Blymee, to bury Sophia in the forest. Tired of gathering nuts, she devoted herself to bringing up Dena in the ways and lore of the forest and when Theresa joined Sophia beneath the forest leaves, Dena became the self-appointed guardian of the forest, maintaining it in impeccable condition, first with the assistance of Igor and after his retirement to a home for elderly deaf-and-dumb hunchbacks, alone.

However, little did Dena realise that the radiation that had killed her mother was present in her own bones and, at the early age of 36, died one day as she was clearing leaves away from a spot in the forest, just as a diminutive skeleton clad in a tattered Soviet navy uniform had surfaced from the soil...
"The wiles of dissembling fate afford us the illusion of freedom, yet in the end always lead us into the same trap."
- Jean Cocteau
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Re: The Make a Story Challenge

Postby Bev » April 12th, 2010, 1:07 pm

:D Well done!
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Re: The Make a Story Challenge

Postby Andrew L » April 14th, 2010, 4:36 pm

Well done for being the only one up to the challenge.
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Re: The Make a Story Challenge

Postby GregB » December 26th, 2017, 8:01 am

Andrew's Make Up A Story 2 thread reminded me of the first one, to which I contributed the story above. That was over seven years ago - how time passes!
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