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Fic Battle Entry - FIRE AWAY



Authors:
apartment303, ayadec, bottecellie, brittaforthewin, butterbadger, _carly_, colonialburn, crittab, curlydots, firthgal, fluffyfrolicker, hematitebadger, htbthomas, krilymcc, lextersdab, malo_malo, ogwriter, palgrave_golden, piesek, rosepetal9, rowboatcop, supercapo, telm_393, virtual_toast


The first shot has been fired - the Fic Battle will now begin! Full rules and guidelines here (please note the sign-up addition and the last prompt deadline edit), but the quick version is here:

1) Author A replies to this entry with their writing preferences (from here) to start their thread. Minor changes are allowed to preferences, if needed.
2) Prompter 1 replies to Author A's thread with a prompt
3) Author A fills said prompt with at least 300 words of fic and posts it in a reply to Prompter 1's comment.
4) Author A moves on to Prompter 2.
5) Prompter 1 may now give Author A another prompt if they so choose, continuing on until prompts close on Thursday, June 21st at 10am EST (7am PST).
6) Authors have until Thursday, June 21st at 12pm EST (9am PST) to post their fills.

The author with the MOST fills will be the Winner! Any author who fills EVERY prompt they receive will be a Survivor!

A few additional notes:
** The length of the battle is for two reasons: A) varying free time for writing (a work-a-day writer or a weekender), and B) varying writing speeds (a tortoise or a hare).
** As the battle goes on, try to spread your prompts among the authors. If you see an author who has completed all their prompts and there's plenty of time to the end of the battle, help them out!
** No ideas for prompts? Use resources like unfilled prompts at various comment fic memes and fests (even other fandoms which could be adapted), or random story idea generators.
** Anonymous comments are screened for the duration of the battle. Please prompt logged in.

Questions? See the first comment thread below.

GOOD LUCK, ALL!

CEASE FIRE! The battle is now over! No fills posted past 12:00pm EST will count toward the final totals. Masterpost with winners, survivors and breakdown will go up by tomorrow at noon.



Authors may continue to fill their prompts, just for fun, if they wish! And prompters, please continue to feedback. :)

Comments

apartment303
Jun. 16th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
As if on cue, Abed Nadir did the secret knock set to the tune of “Daybreak.” Annie opened the door, handing him his headlamp as he entered the cramped closet.

“Weren’t sure if you were going to make it back in time,” Troy said, standing up to greet his friend with their signature high five.

“I like to keep things interesting,” Abed replied as he flicked on his headlamp. He then glanced toward the shorter girl to his side. “Your hair is down. It looks good like that.”

Annie smiled shyly, her eyes avoiding Abed’s gaze and the light that was shining in her direction. He must have still been in character, at least a little.


“Who’d you do this time?” she asked him, fingers running through her now-loose brown hair. She had forgotten to pack an extra bobby pin or headband, though she had been on enough cases to know she always needed one. Maybe she wasn’t always the smartest girl in school, but right now her cheeks were probably the pinkest.

“I don’t want to talk about it,” Abed replied. “Quendra has weird tastes. It was more difficult to get information from her than I expected it to be.”

Abed Nadir was the master of disguise. He could channel anyone, from Don Draper to Batman, Bruce Wayne to Inspector Spacetime. Bruce Wayne and Batman were different, Annie had learned, so she didn’t make that mistake again. Abed’s job was to pump suspects and witnesses for information using his computer-esque knowledge of their classmates’ likes and dislikes.

Annie nodded, grabbing her notebook and pen from its spot next to a can of antibacterial spray. “I understand. What’d you get?”

The gang stayed in the closet, dissecting the information Abed was able to retrieve and cross-referencing it with clues left on the scene and statements recorded from Dean Pelton.

The facts were these: Quendra had been the last one in his office before it went missing. She had been begging the dean to sign a paper allowing her to use two lower-level English classes in place of a higher-level English class. He had almost agreed, but realized that ENG 101 plus ENG 101 did not equal ENG 202. It just meant she had failed ENG 101 and had to re-take it.

“If Quendra was the last person to see that figurine alive, she had to be the one to take it,” Annie stated, her eyebrows furrowed as she looked over her notebook in the dim closet. “She had motive and everything. The only other possible answer is...I don’t know, that Dean Pelton just misplaced it and this is just a wacky misunderstanding.”

Troy Barnes scratched at the top of his head, his mechanical brain whirring as he tried to fit the pieces together. Sinks and A/C units - those were easy to fix. This required more effort.


“I don’t know if even Dean Pelton would be stupid enough for that,” he told Annie, and the gang nodded. Troy felt his phone vibrate in the pocket of his jeans so he stood up from his overturned bucket to retrieve it. “Oh, wait a minute.”

“Is it a clue? Do we have a lead?” Abed asked as he tried to look at Troy’s cell phone screen.

“It’s Pelton,” Troy said, and Annie watched as a smile pulled onto their leader’s lips. “He said he found it. He had just misplaced it - moved it to a different display area after lunch and just forgot about it. So...”

“He is stupid enough for that,” the three said together, sharing a laugh as they realized their case was now closed. Team 303 had solved another case...sort of.

“Shall we go back home?” Abed asked. “Special drink? Special drink?”
htbthomas
Jun. 17th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I loved how each member of the team had a special skill. I would read any number of Apartment 303 Investigations fics. Please?
apartment303
Jun. 17th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I'm seriously considering doing it once the battle is done! It would be a lot of fun to write and I just love their dynamic. Thank you for all of your comments. I woke up to emails of praise and it made me giddy. <3

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