A crew assigned to repossess a precious and undefined item end up in the midst of a suspicious bar fight in a far-off sector of space.
Music: “Cyberjazz Nights” by Tao and Sound
Welcome to Year 9 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.
Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION
The Wheel of Fiction landed on Wildcard. I went through my various card games and found one I haven’t yet played, “Gloom in Space.” When flipping through the cards, one of them caught my attention. It was titled, “Quarrel in the Cantina,” and the bottom read “Looks like you’re barred from the bar.” That seemed an intriguing start to a story. Why would my heroes be banned from a bar? What were they doing there? Are they criminals? Did they start something? Or did they just get caught in the cross-fire? Did they end up in a desperate situation that required them to do something that would get them “barred from bar?”
Video Description: Duration, 7 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, Music, Challenge, Draw!!!, Traveler. The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction V4” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is a label on left, “Spin date: 8/3/22,” and a label at right, “Story: 9/5/22.” At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on WILDCARD. As the wheel stops spinning, a cartoon building facade appears at center and and emits ragged bursts of light in two directions.
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