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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   July 25th 2008, 3:21 am

The full moon shines down on the man, but passing wisp of midnight mist obscure his identity. He travels alone and unhampered by the wet earth. Does he bring the threat of death or his he merely a vision?

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   July 25th 2008, 7:00 pm

The clown makes every day his jokes. So his ears smoke. The clown must show every day his joy

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   July 26th 2008, 11:40 am

We left the computers to go get an ice cream this afternoon and when I returned home I found a bouquet of flowers waiting for me. This made me smile.

Next: Dreams, Heartache, Walk

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   July 26th 2008, 3:52 pm

My dreams are not beautiful. Each dream has his own heartache.
Is this my walk ?

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   July 26th 2008, 6:43 pm

When I hung up the telephone I continued to read my book and listen to the musik.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   July 26th 2008, 6:47 pm

I'm so glad to hear his sad news. I haven't been this happy since he and I parted.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   July 31st 2008, 7:32 am

I sat in the pouring rain, watching a patch of clovers next to me drown. I was too depressed to make the effort to move. I'd never felt like such a tool.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 1st 2008, 11:05 pm

I tried to calm myself as my heart throbbed uncontrollable. The spiky fence almost piereced my chest. I glared in the sky noticing a falling star, which made everything content.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 5th 2008, 1:32 pm

The people on the ground ran for their cameras. They each wanted to get a picture of the angels in flight. Never realizing they were merely birds playing in the sunlight.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 6th 2008, 11:15 pm

Walking throuh the city streets, lonely and sad, I came upon a shaggy little dog. He licked me face as I bent to pet his head. Picking him up, I took him home and opened the door of my heart to him.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 6th 2008, 11:20 pm

The sound of the hammer fell and hushed the courtroom. Before the judge stood the man who had killed my mother and taken my childhood. I knew without listening that no amount of time that could be taken from him would every heal my family's wounds.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 19th 2008, 5:50 pm

Marianne felt compelled to travel the world, she had packed her cat in her rucksack together with her sleeping bag and she was now on the move.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 19th 2008, 5:54 pm

Sorry about mistake earlier on,

Here is the correct follow up.

“Alright,” Alex said, “what’s that antler doing on top of that hat covered in mud? Don’t you know that the mud goes inside the hat?”

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 19th 2008, 5:57 pm

No problem Alexandra. I see you noticed it right away. Just make sure to always go to the last page to see the latest post.

While I was waiting on the telephone for someone to answer the line I was eating biscuits and draw circles on the paper with my pencil.

Next: Garden, Blood, Knife

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 19th 2008, 6:01 pm

Marianne felt compelled to travel the world, she had packed her cat in her rucksack together with her sleeping bag and she was now on the move.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 19th 2008, 6:06 pm

OMG! I keep making a mess of this! hahahah I thought I had posted, posted wrong, rectified and then, well, just now I couldn't see my post anymore... so I re-posted only to find it seems it has been there all the time. I'm off to bed, I obviously need some sleep.


now the words wre, garden, blood and knife



Alex realised she had forgotten her Swiss knife in the kitchen so she went to get it. She stuffed it into her rucksack and heard a squeal, damn, she had killed her cat. In tears, and covered in blood she went to the garden and buried it together with her rucksack.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 28th 2008, 10:01 pm

She always researches the calendar in order to compare the signs of her and her current lover. She believed in the stars and wanted nothing more than to find her perfect match. Would it ever happen? Was true love ever going to be hers?

Next: Unfaithful, Treasure, No

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   August 31st 2008, 10:24 am

Unfaithful, Treasure, No



no treasure of hers had ever been so unfaithful to her so she decided to burry him. First she had to think of how to get him to be burriable.



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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   September 11th 2008, 6:35 pm

Upon the beer stained tablecloth lay the empty bottle. His car was no longer in the driveway. This night will end in tears and blood.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   September 15th 2008, 7:56 pm

The map was smeared which interrupted the easiness of the journey's flow. I needed a cigarette and the lighter broke so I through it out the window and looked for a matchstick.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   September 24th 2008, 6:11 pm

Everything that had followed had been pure drama. It was clear to everyone else that the man was scum, but the young woman who loved him would never believe.
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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   September 24th 2008, 10:59 pm

Hydra can we have the next three words? Please, please, please.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   September 25th 2008, 12:09 am

Kellycakes wrote:
Hydra can we have the next three words? Please, please, please.

Oh, I'm sorry, I completely forgot.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   September 25th 2008, 12:42 am

I sliced the tomato into fine pieces making sure not to sever my fingers in the process. I turned and muttered a irritable 'pardon me' as i passed my brother in the cramped kitchen.

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PostSubject: Re: 3 Word Story   September 25th 2008, 10:47 am

He strode into the coffee shop and took a quick glance around. His eyes stopped on her, siting in a chair at one of the tables, deep in thought, the untouched donut sitting limp on the plate in front of her. He walked slowly over to her and sat down.

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