There is only one currency that is able to abide at the nexus of all existence. In our world, we call it the black penny.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
Music: “Unknown Terrain (looped)” from GameDev Market
I once wrote a story based on the saying, “see a penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck.” For this new story, I found a potential title I’d captured on my phone a year or so ago. I liked the title, so I wrote a new story about someone finding a penny, picking it up, and the experiencing something extraordinary because of a seemingly worthless object.
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. Music: “Unknown Terrain (looped),” source GameDevMarket. Digital drawing. Silhouette of a person who appears to be standing in mid-air, seen from a low angle. The person is wearing pants and a hoodie, and a raising up right arm. Just above the left shoulder is a small black circle, glowing slightly. A multi-colored hazy bar of light originates from the circle, passes behind the figure, and angles to the bottom left corner, into a multi-colored gas cloud that leads into a fog. At top left corner a disc-shaped galaxy, the Milky Way. A translucent peach-colored bar angles up from the bottom right to the top right. Another similar bar angles to the left from the right side. A squiggly neon line connects the two bars. Colors drip upward where the two bars meet. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy” are displayed in front of the image. The story title is displayed at the bottom. The title card and title fade and lines from the story appear in the middle: “A jolt of pain snapped through my fingertips. I glanced down just as I dropped the penny. But the penny didn’t fall into the sink. It zipped under my arm and flew out of the bathroom. I didn’t see where it went, but I heard a little thump behind me. I wasn’t surprised to walk back into the bedroom and see the penny stuck to the wall again. The wall itself seemed to…flicker.” The title appears again at bottom as the last line appears and fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]
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