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Game: Tell Challenge

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Tell: She couldn't remember his name.

 

 

Show: The tall individual stared at her as she racked her mind for the name that belonged to this blue-eyed guy.

 

 

Tell: The computer broke.

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Tell: The computer broke.

 

 

Show: No smell of smoke. No terrible grinding noise. No scream of destruction. Just a blank screen, a non responsive cursor, and the cold sweat of terror on her forehead. No data. No error message. All gone.

 

 

Tell: The roof leaked.

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Tell: The roof leaked.

 

 

Show: First, she'd heard a light but regular plop, plop, plop. Then she saw the puddle on the floor and quickly pulled a trash bin over to catch any more. There was an inch of water in the bottom by the time the maintenance crew got there (and they were prompt). The ceiling tile had a telltale wet line of demarcation and she pointed it out telling them, "See, that's where the roof's leaking."

 

 

"Lady," the one guy said, "I don't think it's the roof. You're on the ground floor."

 

 

Tell: He fixed the leak.

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Tell: He fixed the leak.

 

 

Show: "This isn't a good sign." Mark said to himself as he and his son offloaded the boat into the lake.

 

 

Looking at his son he chided, "Didn't you forget something?"

 

 

Billy looked at the boat taking on water, and shoved his hand into his pocket quickly removing a stopper. "Oops, I'll fix it."

 

 

He jumped into the boat, plugged the hole, then turned to his dad. "There, no more leaks.

 

 

Tell: The lake was taken over by a fog.

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Tell: The lake was taken over by a fog.

 

 

Show: Dustin reeled his rod back in and stowed his gear. "We'd better head back to the pier, son, while we can still find it."

 

 

John started the motor. "Dad, you're going to have to point the way. How did this fog move in so fast?"

 

 

Dustin swiveled his seat and pointed off the port bow. "It's that way, son. This time of the day, with a humidity like this, you can expect it to get bad pretty quick."

 

 

Tell: The boat was late again.

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Tell: The boat was late again.

 

 

Show: Standing at the dock, Dawn looked at her watch and bit her lower lip. The shrimp trawler should have been here an hour ago. The last time it was this late, they were stranded in a storm.

 

 

 

Tell: She was preparing for surgery.

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Tell: She was preparing for surgery.

 

 

Show: She performed the thorough, so necessary hand washing. Scrub the backs, the palms,each finger and fingernail, between the fingers - and don't forget the thumbs! Gloves were on and snapped into place. Gowned and masked, a crazy thought flashed through her mind. Remember when the expertise of a surgeon was measured by the amount of blood on his whites?

 

 

Tell: He laughed at her attempt.

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Tell: He laughed at her attempt.

 

 

Show: He took one look at the wall, the fresh paint still vibrant, looked at her standing, waiting for a word of appreciation. His lip curled in a sneer, and the derisive laugh made gray the glow she had been feeling over her work.

 

 

Tell: The doctor said her illness was age related.

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Tell: The doctor said her illness was age related.

 

 

Show: He looked her in the eyes then he blinked and drew in a breath. He opened his mouth to speak and closed it again. She was a beautiful woman going the route of so many before her. How could he put this?

 

 

Then a brainstorm struck.

 

 

He picked up one of her hands dotted here and there with liver spots masquerading as freckles. "My dear, you suffer from one of the most normal maladies known to man—if it were any different, you'd be an oddity."

 

 

Tell: The sleet hit his face.

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He could barely stand to look up, as wave after wave of dripping, freezing precipitation assaulted him. He did his best to press on in the general direction he knew his vehicle was parked-he could NOT afford to be late for the exam!

 

 

Tell: She hit the bullseye

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Tell: She hit the bulls-eye.

 

 

Show: Jen settled the rifle on the sandbag, looked through the scope and placed the crosshairs on the black dot centered around five circles. The fifteen hundred meter shot, if she made it, would win her the championship. She gently pulled the trigger, the rifle jump and the center of the target exploded leaving a small hole in the middle of the black dot.

 

 

Tell: The old house needed repairs.

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Tell: The old house needed repairs.

 

 

She sat alone at the breakfast table listening to the drip coming from the kitchen sink, feeling the breeze sneaking through the window sill, remembering the smell of mildew in the bathroom, seeing the water running out go the leaking gutters. Now that she was a widow she noticed these things. He would have taken charge once.

 

 

Tell: He got a new bike.

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Tell: He got a new bike.

 

 

Show:

 

 

Jack absently scratched his belly as he shuffled down the stairs, while a yawn tickled at the inside of his mouth. He gave in and closed his eyes in one of those satisfying early-morning stretches, and forced himself to walk blindly down the hall to breakfast. When he opened his eyes again, he stopped dead.

 

 

A large parcel filled the kitchen floor. It looked like a flat, almost shapeless blob of brown paper. But a small globe of silver protruded from a slit at the top of the wrapping. Jack squinted at the globe. A lever protruded from the shiny silver surface. He reached out a trembling hand and flicked. The silent kitchen was filled with a single, snappy "Ding!"

 

 

In an instant, Jack descended on the parcel in a fury of limbs. Shreds of brown paper flew around him like a tornado. As he frantically unwrapped, small details grabbed his attention: Specialized. Red. Carbon Forks. Rear suspension. Mountain grip tyres. Racing seat.

 

 

"Is it what you wanted?" came a voice from the hallway behind him.

 

 

"Mom! It's the best ever!" Jack crowed.

 

 

Tell: She saw the man who was stalking her.

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Show:

 

 

The tiny hairs along her forearms stood on end as she dipped her MetroCard into the machine. She stepped through a puddle, onto the empty subway car and dropped into the nearest bench with a sigh. She rubbed her sweaty palms against her jeans until the doors closed and a dark figure drew her attention to the opposite end of the car. It was him. But this time she could clearly see the cold, lifeless soul in his crystal blue eyes.

 

 

Tell: He painted a sunrise.

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Tell: He painted a sunrise.

 

 

Show: Jamison studied the mountains on the horizon, picked up his palette and added a few colors to it. Dipping his brush into sky blue, mixing a small amount of white, he gently stroked the canvas filling the top half with its color. In the foreground, transparent waves of blues, greens, browns and touches of white gave the illusion of a calm lake surrounded with defused reflections of multi-colored trees and vegetation. Peaking its head above the mountains, the orange glow of the sun cast long shafts of gold across the lake's earl morning surface fog.

 

 

Tell: It was his first catch.

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Tell: It was his first catch.

 

 

Show: His heart leaped as the pole was nearly wrenched from his grip. A grueling battle of wills ensued, until he was finally able to land his exhausted opponent. In a mixture of sadness and triumph, he held his prize and admired its beauty a moment before marking the catch card - first Rainbow of the season!

 

 

Tell: The ship's orbit began to decay.

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Tell: The ship's orbit began to decay.

 

 

Show: The ship gave a sudden jerk. It's driver slammed against the controls. As he sat up, the craft wobbled and threatened to spin to the right. He adjusted the steering wheel and pulled a lever of some sort. The craft started shaking, and jerked to the right again.

 

 

'We're going to die...' I squeezed my eyes shut and gripped my seat.

 

 

Tell: she ran across the large paddock

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Tell: she ran across the large paddock.

 

 

Show: She felt her muscles bunch as she took the first leap, then felt the wind in her face, felt her mane rippling like a flag in the breeze, snorted a bug out of her nose, and exalted in the flight.

 

 

Tell: Christmas was a burden.

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Tell: Christmas was a burden.

 

 

Show: "Fa la la la la, la la la, phth!" Shari heaved another box down from the attic, adding it to the growing pile of Christmas decorations. She plopped down in the middle of it all and sighed. "This used to be so much fun," she thought. But now that Toby was gone, the whole thing seemed pointless, just another day with a bigger "to do" list.

 

 

Tell: The violin sat in the corner.

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Tell: The violin sat in the corner.

 

 

Show: Dust covered the strings of the violin and bow that sat propped in a corner, waiting for someone to bring to life the music it held in hope. Too much longer and the music could die.

 

 

Show: She went to her grandson's concert.

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It had been a long time since she'd gone anywhere. It felt a bit strange as she walked through the town hall's door. Her eyes alighted on the clock- and the time. She was late.

 

 

The song of violin played from down the hall. Focused on the sound, she walked in a slight trance down the long room. The dim lights grew a bit brighter as she stepped into the audience.

 

 

There on the stage was her grandson. The sight of him hit her in the chest. He played that violin so beautifully. The emotion forced her to lean against the wall.

 

 

'I wish I'de come to see him more,'

 

 

Next person, please show: Jesus was born in a stable.

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Tell: Jesus was born in a stable.

 

 

Show: He pulled the blanket off the donkey and spread it out on the cold, dirty floor. Pushing sheep aside, he gently guided Mary to it, holding her as she doubled over in birth pains. It would not be long now. Joseph prayed for courage, strength for them both. And then it was time.

 

 

Tell: The wind blew.

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Tell: The violin sat in the corner.

Show: Dust covered the strings of the violin and bow that sat propped in a corner, waiting for someone to bring to life the music it held in hope. Too much longer and the music could die.

 

 

Show: She went to her grandson's concert.

 

She sat at the back. Her old dress and hairstyle caused her to blush but she was glad to be there. Her youngest grandson had long wanted to be in a concert and here was his chance. If they had not found the old violin in the store corner, he would not have been able to learn to play and now it was about to pay off.

 

 

Write about pay offs.

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Welcome, dadcard2! The idea of this game is to take the "tell" of the poster before you and turn it into a "show", and then leave another "tell" for the poster after you. Read the very first post in the game for a better idea of how to play. Thanks for joining us!

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