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Thursday - Cliffhangers

I hear the best way to end things is to leave them wanting more. So that's what we're going to do today.

Today is all about "Cliffhangers." Perhaps these are stories that end just as they've become the most exciting, at the most surprising, shocking, amusing, emotional or dangerous point; perhaps someone has just revealed a hidden secret, or stumbled on a mysterious event/place/person, or experienced something that has left him/her no room to react. These are the stories that leave readers wanting, no, needing more, the ones that they curse you for while simultaneously insisting you go on.

Or maybe these are failed cliffhangers, where the great reveal becomes a gigantic letdown, the serial story with an anti-climactic ending: the "Ahahahaha, no," moment.

But why stick only to the traditional definition? There are plenty of other ways to leave one's characters hanging; maybe it's a physical or emotional experience (or climax) cut off before its time, an impotent instant (take that as you will) at exactly the wrong moment, a person left to twist in the wind by accident or otherwise, or any number of other ways stories and events begin and end in medias res.

I'm sure I'm overlooking other twists on the theme, so please, be as literal or figurative as you like, and feel free to turn the theme upside down and inside out; don't forget to shake it to see what else falls out too! Any fandom (RPF or FPF), and any characters/pairings (het, gen, slash, femslash) are welcome!

Please use the following formats (the second is for crossovers) in your requests in order to help the code-monkeys best do their jobs:

Fandom, Pairing, Prompt
Fandom1/Fandom2, Pairing, Prompt

Some examples might be:

Eastern Promises, Nikolai/Kirill, no end in sight
LOST, Sawyer/Sayid, left holding the bag
Sharpe/Crusoe, Richard Sharpe/Robinson Crusoe, "He couldn't miss the boat."

Don't forget that it's one prompt per comment, and you're always welcome to write responses to your own prompts, and answer as many prompts as you like. (Also, you may wish to check out the guidelines here for leaving multiple prompts in a row.)

And remember, if today's theme/prompts aren't for you, the Lonely Prompts indexes are waiting, full of orphaned prompts crying out to be adopted.

As well, this is my last day to guest host, so I want to take a quick moment and thank you all for playing along and making this such a pleasant stint! Thank you so much. ♥

Enjoy!

Comments

merihn
Apr. 9th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
Primeval, Nick/Connor, the edge.
noxnoctisanima
Apr. 11th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Connor kicked his feet against the rock, sending little tumbles of stone down into the chasm. His palms rested on the flat rock of the cliff and he leant back, watching the sun fall over a long dead world.

There was a crunch of gravel behind him and Nick sat down beside him, legs cross underneath him rather than hanging over the cliff as Connor's were.

"You're very close to the edge."

Connor sighed and kicked his feet again.

"We're in the distant past chasing reptiles who want to eat us and the world as we know it might come to an end at any moment because of portals in time. I'd say we're all pretty close to the edge Nick." Connor picked up a rock, tossing it in his hand before throwing it down into the chasm. Then he stood and walked away from the edge.
telperion_15
Apr. 11th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
Ooh... *shivers*
noxnoctisanima
Apr. 11th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Introspective!Connor is awesome fun.
deinonychus_1
Apr. 11th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
ooh, very deep, Connor. *twitches nervously about him sitting that close to the edge*
noxnoctisanima
Apr. 11th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I love introspective Connor.
merihn
Apr. 11th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Awww, boys. This is sad and awesome.

noxnoctisanima
Apr. 11th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you, they are so pretty when they're angsty.

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