Posts tagged YA Writing

Bilby Blackweal is a teacher at Cagger high school who’s career has been stuck ever since “The Incident”. An expert in discipline, Blackweal’s nefarious methods for order are brought into question when “the incident” exposes his truly dark and cruel nature.

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My Mother When I Was Younger

On stormy days he remembers his mother and the last time he saw her. At a time when he was just a child, and she was his whole world. When the rains came, she hid them - and all too soon he would find out why.

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The Gurmlacks (part 2)

Bren has the Gurmlacks he’s always wanted, but one of them is dead and needs to be disposed of. The ominous warnings of his grandfather’s favorite saying rings in Bren’s ears, “You can’t dig deep enough to dispose of a dead Gurmlack. What will he do next, now that he has them?

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The Masks Of Teeth

Not all Masks of Teeth are made from actual teeth, thats a common misconception, though the best ones are. It takes actual teeth to get the most out of ones own self made Mask of Teeth. To unlock all of it’s potential. In fact the best teeth to use for ones mask are lost and missing teeth. Wether they have been pulled or the teeth have fallen out. Teeth detached from skulls have a special gift for the wearer, as the older the better, which is a rule across the board in Distinct Poplar.

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Special Masks

There are some exceptionally special masks that can be seen on The Day of Masks:

In addition to the elaborate mundane masks that the people of the city spend months in advance crafting for this very special day. There are also many magical masks that make themselves known primarily on The Day of Masks.

The Ghastly Tongue of Flame (the power of fire breathing), is a mask that enables the wearer to temporarily breathe fire. The long garnish tongue of the mask wraps itself around the wearers neck like a scarf. Fueled by the hate within the wearer, this mask sticks around just as long as the fire within burns it’s absolute brightest. When the anger begins to subside, the fire breath starts to diminish in it’s potency until ultimately the mask falls foo the wearer’s face and becomes misplaced. Misplaced in the way that things often are in The City That Forgot To Stay Clean. Once this happens, the Ghastly Tongue of Flame does not reappear until the next Day of Masks in one full year.

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The Day of Masks (Part 2)

Eventually every neighborhood had their very own Day of Masks. They celebrated with elaborate parades and ghastly looking parade floats. These things were originally designed to be menacing, bright and colorful, but in an off-putting and gaudy kind of way. The messed up idea being, that the newcomers to the neighborhood would see them and get scared. Childish I know, but you should see these things! 

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The Day of Masks (Part 1)

A day in Distinct Poplar where people wear a mask all day. Everyone does; adults who go to work, kids in school, even people on TV! There are even special masks that only appear on this strange holiday, and some say they posses magical powers.

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The scary-crazy-confusing railway system high above our heads.

If you need to get somewhere in The City That Forgot To Stay Clean, you may not want to take public transit. I think this goes without saying, don't you? As all one needs for their proof is to look up at the scary-crazy-confusing railway system high above our heads. Well, that is, on a good pollution day. Because lets face it, if there were a fifty point scale for pollution in Distinct Poplar. Today we be at one hundred and eleven.

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