Black Short Stories : A Collaborative Storytelling(JoinIn)

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  1. cocobutterskyn

    cocobutterskyn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    whispering(I hope its ok to do this)


    I thought it would be not only nice, but fun to collectively engage in a continuous story. We can each add our unique flavor of creativity, creating characters and different scenarios. I hope many will partake and help make this a wonderful storytelling experience. Feel free to take it in any direction. Lets get to writing, rather it’s a few lines or a paragraph or two wherever the last storyteller leaves off.

    I’ll start it...

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    Leafy trees and bushes were blown nearly bare by the brisk pre-winter wind. There were fewer places to shield ones whereabouts. A hunter’s fortune, but the misfortune of the hunted. Each foot that touched ground resonated through the woods like thunder does across the sky. The only thing that equaled in volume, was my heart pounding inside my chest. Dusk was on the horizon and even though I was terrified of the dark, I was more terrified of being caught, so I prayed for nightfall’s swift arrival.

    I could feel the sharp edges of rocks and broken twigs piercing my body through my clothing. However. I didn’t dare move, not even an inch, because I knew if I was able to hear them, they could hear me as well. So I laid still underneath the damp leaves and fallen tree branches used to hide me. As daylight faded away, so did their thunderous footsteps.

    Once darkness ruled the frightening sounds of nocturnal creatures terrified me in their absence. The cold chill had reached down to my bones and numbness had claimed my limbs. I managed to rub my hands together to create warmth from friction, once they were warm I used them to massage my arms and legs until I felt life in them again. I then stood up and brushed the debris that found a home on my body. I knew now was the time to make my move.




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    Sure it's ok to do this. I started a light hearted collaborative story months ago, I ended it as well, lol, but it was so much fun. I couldn't wait to see the direction in which the next installment would take. Now this tale that you started coco, is so creatively mysterious, who knows where the many twists and turns may lead...

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    It's moments like these where every step you take, seems to echo the gait of a thousand feet. I figure, I'll try to make my way back to the main road, and that God will steer some good Samaritan's heart my way. Brrrrrrr, it's so difficult not to think of my cold numb fingers and toes as I cautiously try to retrace my steps.

    Can't help but think to myself, that they have the wrong woman. Sure, I know who has those precious black diamonds, but I'm not the one who stashed them away, and I will not divulge who did. Thank the Lord, I think I can see the road from here....

    Suddenly the sound of footsteps draws closer and closer. I run as fast as I can but I am weakened from the earlier pummeling from my captors. Suddenly my feet are knocked from under me, and my face hits the ground with a thud. I can taste blood, as my stunned vision fades to black.
     
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    Ok, ok Coco...I'm gonna try my pen at this collaborative story- telling thing.....


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    A sudden jolt awakened me to the loud crack of thunder and water dripping on the side of my face. The storm cast an ominous eeriness to the predicament I found myself in and I trembled in fear. My vision delayed as the darkness slowly enveloped me. The only light slipped through the cracks of what appeared to be the trunk of a car. I tried to move my head, it felt like it was in the grip of a steel vice and my hands and feet were bound together. I licked my cracked lips and the taste of dry blood sicken me, I tried to hold back the urge to regurgitate, but it was no use, I turned my head as the contents of my empty stomach spilled forth in a puddle.

    The voice of two men resonated in the background as I strained my ears to hear the conversation over the loud noise of the storm.
    I heard one man say:

    "The boss told us to bring her in alive, he believes she knows more than she is letting on."

    Then the second man replied.

    "I'm not so sure, we worked her over pretty good and she said nothing."

    Unable to make out anymore of the conversation, the rumble of an eighteen wheeler shook the car as it sped by, drowning out the rest of their verbal exchange.

    My stomach ached from hunger, it had been almost twenty four hours since I had eaten and my body was tired and weak. I fought to maintain consciousness, my mind racing with thoughts of uncertainty and my own mortality exasperated my fear of what fate these strange men had in store for me.



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  4. cocobutterskyn

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    Thanks Watz and Epiphany for joining in. I really enjoyed your installment!

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    Why didn’t they blindfold me? Do they plan to kill me? What am I going to do? As thoughts of my survival twirled in my head, I heard one of the men speak,

    There’s a gas station five miles up, off of exit 501.”

    Maybe someone at the gas station would call the police if they heard me kicking and screaming from the trunk of the car. But, if the area is secluded, they might kill me on the spot to shut me up. No, I’ll wait until they take me to their Boss and perhaps I can talk my way out of this. After all, I am a senior investigative reporter and my fiance is a top cop at the southside precinct. I’m sure I can work this to my advantage.

    The car came to a stop and I heard both doors open and shut. The sound of footsteps stopped and then I heard a click and the trunk popped open. A rush of light flooded the trunk and momentarily blinded me. Once my pupils adjusted the faces of my captors were visible. One of the men cut the duck tape from around my legs and the other pulled me from the trunk by my bound wrists.

    Stand up!” One of them ordered.

    I couldn’t if I wanted to, my legs were the equivalent of cooked noodles and my body was at the peak of weakness from lack of food and water and the beaten it had taken.

    The Boss is waiting, just throw the b***h over your shoulder, so we can get this over with. I got tickets to the game tonight.”

    When he threw me over his shoulder I felt a bulge underneath his jacket. With the tidbit of strength left in me I made my body bounce to his slight trotting like walk and used my bound hands to gently ease up his jacket. It was a gun in a holster attached to his belt. Without a doubt I know I'm dead once they have no more use for me. At this point getting hold of that gun was the only thing I could do and perhaps the last opportunity to save my life.






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    The other guy must have read my mind or saw my fingers inching for that gun. Because, the next thing I felt was a hit to the head and then darkness. I awoke to blurred vision. It looked like a large room. No! It wasn’t a room at all. It was a large basement of some kind with ascending stairs. Things started clearing up. I was still hungry and weak and my hands were no longer tied. And then I heard it………!

    I heard it before I felt it, a low whistling sound it was like knives slicing air swiftly. Gut reaction and reflexes made me move without thinking to avoid it. Still, knifelike claws fiercely scraped against my ribcage and liquid started running. I began leaping up the basement stairs.
    Something savage in the dark was at my heels. I couldn’t risk looking for fear it would slow me down. Pure terror clutched my heart now pumping at breakneck speed.

    I jumped two and three steps at a time. The foul stench of its breath singed the hairs on the back of my neck. I could feel the adrenaline being pumped at almost terminal velocity thru my veins. Bloody liquid was running down my leg. I didn’t care. I could see it, the door at the top of the stairs – only 7 steps to go. Claws screeched against a wall and startled my ears – only 5 steps to go. Something grabbed at my ankles. It missed – only 3 steps to go.

    I lunged for the doorknob, turned, opened and closed it all in one motion. With my back riveted against the door, I gasped for breath. The Terror behind me pounded and pounded, snarling in frustration. Each pounding lifted me off the door. Pieces of wood flew to the floor. Ejected like bullets were door hinge screws. Wood began crumbling. It was coming through !

    Then unexpectedly, it stopped ! Frighteningly, it stopped !
    It stopped with an abruptness that left me shivering, sweating and waiting in the silence. The breath slowly returned to my drenched body and I could hear a low whistling sound like knives slicing air, fading and melting into a descending darkness. I had escaped. I breathed easier. I smiled satisfied thinking the worst was over.

    Then…Boom!…the floor caved in ! Wood splintered. Beams shattered. Metal twisted. One hand grabbed the doorknob and held on. My legs dangled above the emptiness. The sweat made my hand slip. I plunged screaming into the nothingness beneath. I hit the floor with the impact of a bomb going off. Pain shot up my arm. Wood scraped across my back. I was in the basement again ! Then I heard it. Oh God! The breathing. The breath. Those knifeclaws whistling nearer! And nearer! And nearer!

    And I remembered something ! What a time to remember something. I remembered chuckling hearing kids scare other kids by saying “Beware of the monster in your basement.” I don’t think I’ll get a chance to forget it or chuckle again ! Ever ! Something was coming with thudding footsteps and whistling claws. Then it stopped growling and I could feel its breath.

    And from the other side of the darkness, I heard a soft microphoned voice say “Lie to me and you will be ripped apart, limb by limb by limb. No second chances. I’m the Boss. Now tell me who has the diamonds.”

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    Deeply afraid , as i stare into his eyez tears rip my face , sir i do not know where the diamonds are .Watching behind me i saw his goons stiring about loudly he said: take her down to the room and lock her in she will talk , we have some other bussiness to deal with and at that moment i saw a cell phone right beside me , in my mind how do i get it if i'm caught they might kill me . I know somebody looking for me by now i did tell David.

    I'm so cold wet and scared !
    as they was taking me away one of them seem nice kinda he smile and gave me a blanket, sir if i gave you a thousand dollars would you let me go free i honestly don't have any diamonds, sharply he turn and said: shut up woman before i do you right now.It took my breath way how do i get out this mess and room from captivity thinking as i start soul searching for hope , my body still numb i could hear them talking but wasn't able to make out what they saying .

    After another day has past i was awaken by one of them as he enter the room, it frighten me and i jumped up half shaking he grasp me and put his filty hands over my mouth, he whispered that offer you made yesterday if you pay me now i would let you go but if i'm caught i'm dead !
    Quick thinking if you let me make a call i can asure you i'll have your money just let me use the phone. Saying to myself if i call David will he get help or catch on but if i call the police he might catch on , but i don't know where i am they brought me through a cave to this room it was too dark to really see . I heard one of them say; if she don't lead us to them diamonds then we have to get rid of her , the other voice said no!
    she is our only clue to the diamonds beside Boss will kill us if something went wrong .
    I knew then my life have a chance they think i know and i am some value to them as i look into the third man face help me please!
     
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    He didn't acknowledge my plea...as he led the others away.

    Soon after, food was brought to me…by an aging gentleman…whom I took to be the cook. When I tried to talk to him, he gestured for me to keep silent. But I couldn’t keep silent. My body was aching. There was some kinda monster in the basement. And these people were talking about killing me. How was I supposed to just KEEP SILENT?

    After he left, the smell of food drew me to the tray. Obviously, whomever my captives were, they were very well off. This place setting was exquisite…very expensive…in an old England taste of royalty. When I raised the lid, covering the entrée, I discovered a cell phone.

    “Is the old man trying to help me…or, set me up,” I wondered.

    I didn’t know what to do. Whatever I did, I needed to do it before the boss finished with his business, and decided to feed me to that monster downstairs.

    Instead of calling my boyfriend, directly, I decided to call his boss, the captain. There were times when my boyfriend had his phone off, when in the middle of duty-related matters…that couldn’t be disturbed. The captain and I had become friends, over the years—once I let him know, in no uncertain terms, that he and I would never be getting together—and he always looked out for me…making sure that, whenever my boyfriend was on assignment, I could still get in touch with him. He had given me his personal cell number…where he could always be reached…in just such a case.

    “Well, this is definitely not the time for not getting through…so, here goes.”

    Being set up was a chance I was willing to take…otherwise, I could end up dead. So, I made the call. I explained the situation to the captain but told him I didn’t know where they were holding me.

    “I can triangulate your position using the cell phone’s signal. Don’t worry…I’m on my way.”

    Thirty minutes later, the captain opened the door to the room I was in.

    “Thank God!”

    I was about to rush over to him…when the boss and the others walked into the room, as well. It was all too apparent that the captain was involved in this whole thing.

    “Why couldn’t you just tell them about the diamonds, babygurl?”
     
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    O'my god ; not you too as i broke down in tears as i fear for my life

    The Boss softly said my dear if you tell me where my diamonds are i'm going to rip your tongue out i want my diamonds as he bang on the wall i was so scare'd , i covered my face with my handz and made a vow to save myself even if i have to do the unthinkable .
    If you can find this woman name Jackie then you might find your diamonds this all i know sir. But the captian wasn't buying her story .
     
  9. cocobutterskyn

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    “Cherry”

    Captain Persons called my name with a hint of concern in his voice, he walked over to me and place his hands on my shoulders. Disgusted by his betrayal I shoved them off and walked away from him to the other side of the room. As I stared out the huge picture window, I heard the Captain asked the others to leave him alone with me. From the window’s view I could tell I was at least two stories up and from each direction I could see, there weren‘t any other houses nearby.

    The door closed and for a brief moment silence took center stage in the room.

    With tears in my eyes I asked, “Why Robert?”

    I turned to look him directly in his eyes. I needed to see if he could lie to my face. If not, maybe, just maybe he still had some decency in him.

    “Cherry, You wouldn't understand.”

    “This is what I don’t understand, Robert. Look at me! Do you see what these ANIMALS did to me? Did you know, were you in on that too!?!

    “Cherry, I wasn’t apart of the decision to physically harm you, but I had to give them personal information about you. I owe The Boss money, lots of it. Too much to refuse him ANY FAVORS! If I even hesitate to do what he ask, I’m dead.”

    I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. He got himself caught up in some mess with these criminals and like a selfish bastard he throws me to the wolves to save his own neck. The anger brewing in me seemed to energize my body. I walked over to him and slapped his face,

    “I’m going to make you pay for this Robert, if it’s the last thing on earth I do, I promise you.”

    He grabbed me by my wrist and twisted my arm behind my back, and then pulled me to his body. I could feel the heat of his breath on my face.

    “The Great Investigative Reporter, Cherry Washington. Who do you think you are? I watched you with Detective David Cobbs for years, hugged up on him like some paid escort. You knew I wanted you, but you kept flaunting your relationship in my face. Don’t you threaten me, I’m the only reason you’re still alive. Because I love you, but that can all change if you don’t tell me all you know about this Jackie person?”




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    JACKIE DREW : she was one of my classmates , I don't know much about her at all you have to believe me , she can be very dangerous and have some "powerful" people behind her. Let me tell you about the other side of the game, she stood in the doorway softly spoken: Captian Person i mean why are you doing this when you had your whole life before you i tell you Jackie could be the cause of this theft and your missing diamonds i'm just a reporter .

    Listen" in a whispering tone he said: i'm trying to keep you alive here but you have to help me by giving me something to go on and tell the Boss these guys will kill you no doubt, now tell me more about Jackie and how do i find her !

    If i tell you will you asure my safty and let me go ! I can't promise anything after all you know who we are Cherry now talk.
    O'kay o'kay Jackie live on Eastend of south central at 144 chestnut Dr. apt 244B she is never alone and she are one of the biggest jewel thief she have pull off dozens of heist, i was told that when those diamonds was stach they was waiting in the wings this all i know.

    The Boss bust in , little lady you just bought yourself so time if you wrong i will order you dead you hear me !
    talking to Captian Person ; let's go pay this b..#@..h a visit get the boys together , i want my (diamonds)

    Persons cry out Cherry , i never had a relationship with David Cobbs he is a dear friend he can help you just think about it , but i promise if i suvive this ordeal you will pay.
    They slam the door i heard someone locking it , wondering how can i get out and when they find Jackie what will happen this chick is a killer too and she have some powerful people behind her what have i done.?