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Hotchpotch; A Stewing Story
Topic Started: Oct 12 2007, 12:50 PM (7,578 Views)
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We (and by we, we're not referring to the Royal Plural, but to myself and Cassandra) thought we'd introduce a new fun thread onto the board .... the Tag N/H Story Thread.

Note: This thread is intended as a piece of fun and is not an attempt to emulate or compete with any of the great stories written on this site.

Idea is basically a round robin storytelling where everyone can add a paragraph to the Nikki & Helen story. The idea is therefore not that anyone takes on a particular role and/or setting, but that you just develop the story further by adding on to what the previous person has written. Makes sense? By restricting posting to a paragraph, hopefully the story shouldn't take up too much time and will keep going. We guess only time will tell.

A few simple rules .....

  • Open to everyone (writers & non-writers alike)
  • Only post one paragraph per person (per turn, of course)
  • Five lines of dialogue can be counted as one paragraph
  • No double posting
  • Only post if no-one else is in the middle of posting
  • Under 18s storylines only (please, we didn't put a warning on the lable!)
  • Most importantly of all it should be FUN!
Seeing as the prologue will set the mood/feeling for the initial direction of the story, we took a bilateral decision that it can be slightly longer... ;)

So please join in and add a paragraph to the story every now and then.

Disclaimer: Shed Productions made the characters, wrote the original stories, and have full copyright to them. We are using these characters simply for non-profit, entertainment value. The same goes for any other known copyrighted character/storyline where a cross over fiction is written.

No animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, viri, spores, seeds or any other living things were harmed during the making of this disclaimer. Further no environmental damage was caused to any ecosphere, existing or nonexistent. All electrons used in the production were strictly volunteers, and all paper was made by trees that died of natural causes. Of course we steered clear of any and all elephants as well!

We are happy to accept comment in a PM, but am not looking for any criticism (negative or positive) either publicly or privately--only general encouragement .... (The comments-in-a-PM is just to make sure that comments do not get confused with the story itself and for no other particular reason!)

PS If you feel inspiration welling up in the pit of your stomach, but you just can't quite get to the words yet, no problem! Just "book your space" by posting a reply to that effect and then return later with your paragraph. Then you simply edit your post by removing the "booked space" post and replace it with your addition to the story. Simple as that! Of course we would ask people to please respect a "booked space" by not posting until such time that the "booked space" has been replaced.

Questions or confusion? Please PM either myself or Cassandra and we'll be glad to assist you! Please don't book your space via PM, you can do that in the thread itself.
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Prologue

The shrill ring of a phone broke the silence. Nikki woke with a jump, heart pounding and sweat trickling down her face. She felt groggy as she struggled to keep her gritty eyes open. The surrounding darkness was disorientating and for a moment she thought she was still asleep. A restless sleep whilst reliving that same dream which had both haunted and tortured her over the past year. The extreme cold brought her back to reality causing her to shiver uncontrollably. As she became more aware of her surroundings, she realised that the hard chair beneath her was digging into the small of her back. She moved slightly to alleviate the pressure then yelped as pain shot along her stiff neck. No, this was most definitely not a dream.

Suddenly she tensed as she could hear the sound of footsteps approaching. Her mouth felt dry as they became louder. She remained motionless even though her mind was screaming for her to move. Yet she was powerless to react, staring transfixed at the door like a rabbit caught in on-coming headlights. The door was flung open causing her to be momentarily blinded. Screwing her eyes up, she could just make out the silhouette of a woman standing in the doorway. Nikki’s heart skipped a beat. “Who are you?” she whispered. Was it her? Had she really found the woman who pervaded her every thought?



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Helen stood with the envelope in her hand for what seemed like ages. She just knew that a sensible woman would not open it, that a sensible woman would just throw it away and move on. But, then again, when had she ever been sensible? So she opened it. As she took the card out, a photo fell to the floor.
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Helen was never interested in these kinds of things; as far as she was concerned, they were a complete waste of time. Once again, like every year before she was standing with the invitation in her hand. She bent down to pick up the photo that fell out of the envelope. "What is this?" Helen questioned aloud

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“For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” Judy Garland

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Helen turned the photo over. It was a black and white photo of two kids, a boy and a girl. The girl looked slightly familiar, but she had no idea who the boy was or when and where the photo was taken. She also had no idea how old the photo was or why it was sent to her. For a brief moment she thought that maybe the envelope was not addressed to her at all, but there it was, her name and address in a fairly non-descript handwriting. Frowning, she turned her attention to the card.
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It was her annual invitation to the “Lindsay House Trust” Charity Ball, sponsored by the HM Prison Service. In spite of her hatred of formal functions, Helen knew that the charity was a worthwhile cause which provided 'halfway houses' and essential rehabilitation for female offenders. After recent events, she was somewhat surprised that she had been included on the guest list. Her only social saving grace was perhaps her connection to the esteemed judge, Sir Charles Parr. Even though she was expecting it, she struggled to contain her anger as she read 'Guest Speaker: Jim Fenner, Acting Wing Governor, Larkhall Prison.' But it was the enigmatic, hand-written scribble at the very bottom of the invitation which caught her eye. And there it was. Written carelessly and in red ink .... 'Count your days, Jim Fenner!'
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To say that Helen was stunned by the scribble was an understatement, ‘Who would write that? Moreover, who would be so careless to do that on an invitation? Was it someone trying to make contact with me? Are they trying to show allegiance? I want to meet you who ever you are. Such a bold statement.’ these were all the thoughts that ran through her head while she fingered the red ink. Unconsciously Helen memorised the handwriting, every lilt, every curve right down to the slightest wavering of the pen. Helen had an ally, but the question remained ‘Who are they?’
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Helen poured herself a Scotch. Sitting down, she looked at the little note on the card and frowned for the umpteenth time. Trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle, she returned her attention to the photo. Who is this? she thought. She focused her attention on the little girl in the photo. She did look a bit like Nikki, but Helen just couldn't be sure. And if it was Nikki, who was the little boy then? And how did a childhood photo of Nikki bear any relevance to the note? It just didn't make sense, no matter how she looked at it. Feeling more confused than ever, Helen took a sip of her Scotch and felt the smooth liquid running down her throat and settling in her stomach, causing her to relax somewhat.
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’This photo must be important,’ she eventually decided. ’Perhaps the mysterious sender intends to contact me at the Ball and explain its significance. In the meantime I’ll keep it safe but hidden.’ Possibly the sender didn't have enough time to write a clearer message or was simply trying to get her attention. ’Well they definitely succeeded there,’ she thought. Any chance that Fenner might get his comeuppance was of great interest to Helen. ’Enough time?’ she mused. Her ally must have had access to the charity invitations, however briefly. Perhaps she should pay Monica a visit in the morning. And maybe ... just maybe .... this time she'll summon up enough courage to ask about Nikki.
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Helen tucked both the photo and the invite safely in to a drawer on her nightstand. Not knowing what to do next, she sat on the bed, staring in to the nothingness. Trying to stop her mind from running around in circles (which it seemed to do quite a lot these days), she flicked on the TV. It was a rerun of Oprah about some upliftment work in Africa. On the best of days Helen couldn't care less about Oprah, but today she was quite drawn to the story of the little children in the Congo who seemed to have no future. She was staring at the screen for what seemed like hours before she realised that she was crying. She knew she wasn't crying about the children in Africa, but she was also unable to stop the stream of tears that racked her body and kept flowing down her cheeks.
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Once the floodgates had opened, Helen couldn't stop herself. Along with the tears, came heartache. All the painful memories and emotions that she had been suppressing for so long, bubbled to the surface. For the first time in months she felt something other than numbness as she totally lost control. Powerless to stop it, she remembered the last time she saw Nikki. Through the mist of tears, she could still see the look of utter contempt on Nikki’s face. Nikki’s words still echoed loudly in her mind, ’How could you? You coward! I hate you for this! I hate you!’. Belatedly Helen realised that she was shouting. She closed her eyes as a wave of nausea hit her and collapsed onto the bed totally exhausted. Eventually a deep sleep overtook her and for a little while she was at peace.
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She woke up in the middle of the night with a start. Not sure what woke her up at first, Helen stared in to the darkness before eventually turning on the lamp on the nightstand. Soft light flooded the room. Her empty room. Purely out of habit she picked up the phone and dialled a number. Hi, this is Nikki. I'm unable to answer your call right now... Helen quickly put down the phone, only now realising what she was doing. She was so used to phoning Nikki in the middle of the night to find out when she would be coming home, but now she had no reason to do so. Feeling slightly comforted by the thought that at least Nikki didn't answer her phone, Helen turned on her side, staring in to the nothingness. Trying to fall back to sleep, Helen soon realised that sleep would not be returning that night, so she got up to go and make herself a cup of tea.
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As she made her way in the dark to the kitchen, she was startled by the sound of a muffled cough from outside. 'A fox?' she guessed. In recent weeks there had been a spate of overturned dustbins and mutilated lawns courtesy of the local urban foxes. Helen paused and peered through a crack in the curtains. To her surprise there was a shadowy figure standing motionless in the back garden, staring up at the house. Her first thoughts flew to Nikki before she realised that this person was of a much heavier build. ’Shit!' she exclaimed angrily. 'Another gawking reader of trashy tabloids!' The press recently had had a field day with her story, publishing her address along with numerous photographs. Helen tilted her chin indignantly and narrowed her eyes. Well, she would tell this trespasser exactly what she thought.
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In her haste to get to the door in the dark, she bumped herself against the kitchen table. Pain shot from her hip down to her foot and right back up again as if it was running on its own little electrical current. She stifled a shout, not wanting to alarm the stranger in the garden of her presence. She felt around in the dark for a kitchen chair and sat down, tears running down her cheeks. She closed her eyes and bit on her lip, waiting for the pain to subside. Her leg felt numb, but at least that numbed the pain as well. Helen wiped her eyes and looked out the window again. From her sitting position she could just make out the stranger's head. He was still standing in the same spot, looking up at her bedroom window. For a brief moment his head disappeared, but then it was back again. She watched him turn around. The next moment he was gone for good.
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It was then Helen remembered her dream, the one she was having when she woke up so suddenly. Unit this moment she forgot she was even dreaming. She saw herself outside a long tall building. She walked along the lenght searching for the door to take her inside. Each corner she came around revealed nothing but wall. She couldn't find the door. Then she realized someone was walking behind her. That's when she had woken up. Something about the figure down below had jogged her memory.
"Damn," Hellen chuckled to herself. She might have left her job at Larkhall, but she obviously had some unfinished business which was pulling her back. Her thoughts came back again to the not so cryptic message written in her invitation. Why didn't whoever wrote it just contact her. She'd have to make a call into Lindsay House and she if she could find out how the invitations were sent out. That would have to wait til morning. Right now she could only stare at the pink moon.
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