Freddie’s ability to solve complex puzzles by seeing what other people don’t see attracts the attention of a puzzle-maker at a powerful company.
Music: “Shady Town (Loop)” by Chris Logsdon
Video Description: “The Fool With the Clever Eyes” Trailer. Duration, 33 seconds. “Shady Town (Loop)” by Chris Logsdon. Digital drawing. A left hand, at bottom, holding five cards of a tarot deck, fanned out. The card at right is mostly visibly with the thumb covering the bottom left corner. That card bears an image of a young man from waist up, facing left, three-quarters view, with his hands in his pockets. Behind him at his shoulders is the symbolic depiction of an eye with straight rays of banded color emanating from above it and curved rays below. The word “fool” is visible at the card’s bottom. From right to left, the next card is half visible, half of a long-haired person from waist-up with right hand held loosely clawed, palm facing right. Next, a bird perched on a gloved hand. Then a partial view of a crown on a head of bright wavy hair. The last card, half visible depicts a stone tower covered in vines, studded with flowers, with bunches of flowers at the base of the tower. Letters, but no complete words, are partly visible at the bottoms of the other cards. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fantasy,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Freddie’s ability to solve complex puzzles by seeing what other people don’t see attracts the attention of a puzzle-maker at a powerful company.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence in different colored letters: “Freddie furrowed his brows. ‘You were a hologram?’ The puzzle-maker shook her head. ‘An illusion. One that’s only visible to the rare individual.’ ‘What’s the difference?’ She took a sip of her coffee and stared into his eyes. ‘You could tell, couldn’t you?’” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image shines from the center, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”
Welcome to Year 10 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. For Year Ten, every month’s stories share a genre or theme, some anchor point that the reader can rely on. But within that, there are strange concoctions brewing. The genre’s merge, archetypes collide, mythologies mash…welcome to the Year of Fusion.
December Base Element:
Base elements for December: Magic, specifically, a magic word.
Fusion Element: Puzzles and games.
This is how the brainstorm started…I pictured people trying to solve a puzzle, writing it down, and they need a word. Not a magic word though, just a word, like for a crossword. It’s a small group of friends, and they are playing a game with a time element. And it’s an escape room, except not an escape room. They’re not trying to get out of a room. They’re trying to get into a room. Why? Because the room they’re trying to get into has treasures in it. Anything from a few gift certificates to a car.
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