There is an infinite number of ways to die. We all pass away eventually, but many of us do so prematurely. All we can do is hope that we are not going to be the next to die. When we are in a situation where death is likely or certain, what can we do? There is no way to know without being in the said situation. What's is truly like? We can't know...
Yea, yea, colorful opening and all of that. Now, if you're reading this, it is either out of curiosity, or because I linked you to it. Either way, you probably know that most of my stories go in my grand comment thread, the Great Library of M. So why on Lore am I not putting this story there? The reason: this isn't a story, not in that sense. It's better. It's bigger. It's one of my most powerful works-in-progress yet. Best of all, if I find the time to write, I can be done within a few weeks, if I really try.
What exactly is going on, then?
The Elements of Death is a series of short stories, tied together by the fact that all the characters face situations where survival is doubtful or impossible. In most cases, you can choose whether to believe if they live, or die. Only in a few of these stories will I make it clear that they die (The Fall is a no-survival situation). The others I shall leave open to interpretation of life or death. Why? Because I don't know myself in those stories if they live or die. Okay, I might in some, but in most, my opinion is only a guess. ;)
There are Seven short stories, each with their own element. (I'd name it the Seven Elements of Death, but then it'd appear as if I am ripping off ATDO with his The Seven Arts of Death. The similarity would be too large) The first was the spark. The Fall (Wind, kinda; he's falling). The second was inspired by how good I felt about the first, the thought of landslides, and of the snow still lingering on my property. Avalanche (Ice, technically) was not what made me decide to make it a series. Tidal Wave (Water) was what finally made me think "Hey...three short stories with characters in desperate situations. One's Water, and another is Ice, so if I make the first to be Wind, can't I do the other elements as well?" Okay, I thought of Waterfall after I thought of making it a series, but the thought had been in my head before, just not dominant.
It came in minutes. I brainstormed what each element would be. Some situations I had planned didn't seem to be lethal enough, so I decided on others. Both Earthquake (Earth, Darkness [well, kinda]) and The Desert (Fire, Light [I chose the title 'The Desert' reluctantly, since nothing was more suiting]) were concepted at roughly the same time. Overload (Energy [I just made that title up right now... :/]) was the hardest for me to think of, as it was hard to write something that matched.
By far the easiest was the last element. I can't say what it is. I'll say the title (which still is highly spoilerish, but like some of these other titles, the title doesn't necessarily refer to the situation at hand), but nothing more. Even just that deserves spoiler tags.
Keep in Mind that some of these things might change. I only have The Fall written as of right now, and it doesn't really have a message. One of the weakest of the seven, but still one worthy of reading, as it is great, what started this all up.
Anyway, enjoy! :)
Also links you to The Fall. ;)
Want bonus content? Oh, you're so picky. Fine. I'm in a good mood. Let's give ya some extras. ;)
One thing you might notice: I don't name a single character in these stories. Want me to tell them to you? Forget it. Make up your own names for 'em; if I were to name them, it'd really just be along the lines of Bob, Fred, Jack, Steve, Chris, John, and Dave. <_<
Yay! Some actually useful bonus content! XP
Note: Everything from 'Releases' and under is being added just now. Plus any story links other than the original, The Fall. So if I told you how quick it'd be to read The Fall and the comment thread, I was talking about just that--the comment thread that I had at the time and the first story, The Fall. Now, it will take some extra time, but I still am willing to bet it'd take less than five minutes for both stories, less than ten for stories and comment thread.
Corrected a rather embarrassing typo in the second paragraph of this thread (the first being the italicized) that everyone who's read so far has missed. You can ask me about it if ya wish to. To you, it might not seem that big, but, hey, I take pride in pointing out typos; to have one in the comment thread is still rather bad. :/
Released Avalanche! Yes, it is a bit long; I estimate it to be double the length of The Fall. 900 words in comparison to 400. Still a Flash Fiction, yea, but a bit longer. Is that good or bad? Well, that's what I have you for. ;)
I think some parts might contain slight info-dumps. Feedback appreciated.
Tidal Wave released! :D
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