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#127629 - 06/26/03 10:46 PM Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
LabRat Offline

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Talking of resurrecting old challenges....

I remember how much fun we all had some years ago now with a challenge to condense our fanfic into as few words as possible.

The results back then were archived at Annesplace and were even given their own category in the first Alt Kerths. You can find some examples, plus the full history of the challenge here

It just occured to me, reading over Jana's new challenge thread, that with so many new authors since and so many new stories too it might be fun to visit this one again.

So, basically:

Take one of your own stories already finished and posted (IOW no WIPs or another author's story) and squeeze the plot into as few words as you can manage. As any responses to this challenge will be very short by their nature just post them here in this thread. Comments can go in here too, rather than starting new threads.

SPOILER WARNING!

As many of these RDs will undoubtedly contain spoilers for the plot of the actual story, do take note of that before you read further in this thread, if you don't want to have your enjoyment of a story you haven't yet caught up with spoiled. I'll post after this so that there's ample space to stop accidental spoilage.

Think that's it. If I've missed anything out or you're still confused - just hollar!

LabRat (and no, I ain't touching Masques with a bargepole... goofy )
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Athos: If you'd told us what you were doing, we might have been able to plan this properly.
Aramis: Yes, sorry.
Athos: No, no, by all means, let's keep things suicidal.


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#127630 - 06/26/03 10:48 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
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Athos: If you'd told us what you were doing, we might have been able to plan this properly.
Aramis: Yes, sorry.
Athos: No, no, by all means, let's keep things suicidal.


The Musketeers

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#127631 - 06/26/03 11:07 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
daneel Offline
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Registered: 04/24/03
Posts: 2215
Loc: Exiled to Mare Nostrum coast
Let's try...

THE PARENT TRAP

Long Version here

Spanish version here


Ellie and Lara had swapped their places at the camp. When the first one met her father at the airport, she said, "Hello, I'm Ellen Lane, you other daughter."

In Metropolis airport, Lara saw Lois Lane and told her "I'm Lara Kent. Ellie's twin."

Some days later,

"Hello, Lois," Clark said.

"It's good to see you, Clark," she replied.

"Will you marry me?" Clark asked.

"Yes."

The End
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#127632 - 06/27/03 03:05 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Jana Offline
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Registered: 05/17/03
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This sounds like fun! I'll start by trying it with my shortest story at the archive.

Being Unique
Long version

CLARK: Once upon a time, I was born, Lois. My life was boring. Nothing special about it 'til you came along.

LOIS: Zzzz (she's asleep)

the end
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"Don't you people have lives?!?" ~Joe on Wings

"An eternal, burning flame. Hope lives on and love remains." ~from Love Remains, by Collin Raye

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#127633 - 06/27/03 03:23 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Shadow Offline
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Interesting. Hmm, now I have to read my story to see what happened LOL.

The South Side Chronicles: Witness

The Full-Length Story

Lois: Hey, Clark, what if the Cost-Marts really aren't involved as much as we think they are? What if something else is going on?
*~*~*~*~*
Lois: So, who would have the most to gain by bombing the Mayors' conference?
Lois: Do you really think it's a coincidence that the bomb went off *during* the South Side discussion?
*~*~*~*~*
Lois: I want you to find everything you can on...on...Sara Carter. Where she works, who she lives with. I want to know what she eats for breakfast.
Jimmy: First of all, there is no Sara Carter.
Lois: I knew it!
Clark: You did not.
*~*~*~*~*
Asabi: I trust you have seen this morning's paper?
Luthor: Yes. That doesn't bother me, though.
Luthor: *No one* stands in my way."

To heck with writing full-length stories! goofy
Jen
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#127634 - 06/27/03 09:21 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
LabRat Offline

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Registered: 04/23/03
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Loc: Scotland
Great RDs so far, guys - keep them coming!

Jana - ROTFL!! That one certainly qualifies!

And...oh, what the heck :

Masques
The Readers Digest Version

Clark: Who are you?

Eve: I'm a clone. Lex sent me.

Clark: Luthor, you fiend. Okay, I have to go find Lois. Pack your bags, we're off to Hawaii.

Lex: Now you're all mine! Mine, you hear! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhaaaaaaaa! (much in the manner of Sideshow Bob)

Lois: Sod off, you total git. I'm outta here.

Clark: I found you!

Lois: You found me!

Lois and Clark:

Clark: Who knows I'm Superman?!?

Alex: Half of Metropolis. Why, is that a problem?

Daily Planet Headline:

Frozen popsicle in shape of Lex Luthor found dangling from cliff.

Lois and Clark: I do!

Alex and Eve: I do!

The End.

LabRat smile
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Athos: If you'd told us what you were doing, we might have been able to plan this properly.
Aramis: Yes, sorry.
Athos: No, no, by all means, let's keep things suicidal.


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#127635 - 06/27/03 09:48 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
TriciaW Offline

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Registered: 04/22/03
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Loc: Sydney Australia
Quote:
Frozen popsicle in shape of Lex Luthor found dangling from cliff.
ROTFL!!! smile1

Tricia cool

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#127636 - 06/28/03 07:43 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Jana Offline
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Loc: Washington (the state)
Okay, I thought I'd try this with Love Remains too. Real Version wink

Jimmy: I'm sorry about Clark.

Lois: I don't believe Clark is dead. thinking I never told him that I love him.

Perry: Honey, you'll have to face it sooner or later.
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Lois: I don't believe that Clark is dead. Am I crazy?

Wolf: You should never let go of the bond you have with your partner.
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Lois: Clark, you're alive! They hug.

Clark: Superman saved me. I didn't die.

Lois: I knew it! Thinking I'm still not ready to tell you I love you though.

the end
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"An eternal, burning flame. Hope lives on and love remains." ~from Love Remains, by Collin Raye

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#127637 - 06/29/03 08:00 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Hazel Offline
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Registered: 04/24/03
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Loc: Hampshire, England
Oooh, I remember these! goofy

Here's A Certain Point of View :

Alt-Lana: You know, everyone always thinks that *I'm* the nasty villainess of Tempus, Anyone? But if you take a moment to look at the events of the ep from a different point of view, you'll realize that it was all HER fault. So there. And her dress sense was awful, too.

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Clark: Superman gets the guys in capes, Lois and Clark get the guys in suits.

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#127638 - 07/03/03 06:18 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
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Oooh, I've been thinking about this one recently... they're just too much fun

Reader's Digest Version -- H is for Hubris :

HG: Oh dear, I see I'm needed to fix the universe again!

Clark: Let's go get dinner, Lois.
Lois: I feel so drawn to you...

(they sleep together)

Lois: What the hell was I thinking? Get out Clark, and I never want to see you again!



HG: Let me erase your memories!

Lois & Clark: No, thanks. Now bugger off!

HG: Hmpf! No more deux in this machina for you!

Lois: Whatever, you mental case. Hey, Clark, let's be friends!

***

PJ
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"You told me you weren't like other men," she said, shaking her head at him when the storm of laughter had passed.
He grinned at her - a goofy, Clark Kent kind of a grin. "I have a gift for understatement."
"You can say that again," she told him.
"I have a...."
"Oh, shut up."

--Stardust, Caroline K

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#127639 - 07/03/03 06:27 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
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This is too much fun laugh

Here's Hearts Divided :

Lt. Lane: I'm in the army and I'm going undercover at the Metro Club!

Kal-El (seeing Lois sing): Hubba, hubba!
Ching: Hey! You're supposed to be engaged to Zara.

Shifty-eyed flunky: Hmm, let's suck up to Kal by taking her with us.

Lois: Take us back to Earth *now*, you sexist creep.

Kal: Well, I would, but I have to rescue Zara from the evil Lord Nor so I can pull one over on the council and she'll marry Ching and rule New Krypton with him and I can come back to Earth to be with you. Oh, and did I mention I have Superman's powers?

Lois: Cool.

****

goofy

PJ
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"You told me you weren't like other men," she said, shaking her head at him when the storm of laughter had passed.
He grinned at her - a goofy, Clark Kent kind of a grin. "I have a gift for understatement."
"You can say that again," she told him.
"I have a...."
"Oh, shut up."

--Stardust, Caroline K

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#127640 - 07/03/03 09:26 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Anna B. the Greek Offline
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Hey, I want to join the party, too!!

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A SURPRISE FOR LOIS
--> long version in English
--> long version in Spanish

Clark to Perry and then to Jimmy: (on the phone) We have to get ready, hurry up.

Lois to Clark: What's up?
Clark to Lois: Nothing.

Clark: (later) Surprise, Lois! You're pregnant!

---

Preety short, huh? wink

AnnaBtG. laugh (who's enjoying this challenge a lot) laugh
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#127641 - 07/03/03 09:53 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
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It almost makes you wonder why we bother writing out the longer versions! goofy

These are hilarious, though, so keep 'em coming! I particularly admire Labby's ability to distill Masques down into a few lines. wink

PJ
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"You told me you weren't like other men," she said, shaking her head at him when the storm of laughter had passed.
He grinned at her - a goofy, Clark Kent kind of a grin. "I have a gift for understatement."
"You can say that again," she told him.
"I have a...."
"Oh, shut up."

--Stardust, Caroline K

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#127642 - 07/03/03 10:00 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
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These are so fun! I can't resist adding my own.

Anybody's Baby Long Version

Lucy: Lois, I was knocked up by a guy paid to sell his children to an evil scientist. Now I'm going to flit off to New York for a couple of months.
Lois: Wait! No! I can't take care of a baby....CLARK!
Clark: Oh, just what I've always wanted! A ready-made family! Let's live happily ever after!
Lois: Good idea!

******

Lucy: Changed my mind - I want the baby back.
Lois: No! He's ours!
Lucy: mine!
Lois: mine!
Lucy: mine!

Lucy goes back to New York and quickly discovers this is not as much fun as she'd imagine.

Lucy (to Lois): Yours!

And they all lived happily ever after.
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#127643 - 07/03/03 11:15 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
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Annie, yours was so great!!! I read the 'mine, mine, mine' and all I could think of was the seagulls from Finding Nemo!!

Here's my Readers Digest fic for "Medical Miracles" (finished, not yet uploaded on the archive)

Wells: You can have children because I am awesome.

The End.
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"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -- Christopher Reeve

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#127644 - 07/03/03 01:13 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Shadow Offline
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HAR! I just had to waste a point and laugh at Annie's. That was so funny!
mine!
mine!
mine!
rotflol rotflol

Thanks for sharing, everyone.
Jen
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#127645 - 07/03/03 04:31 PM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Caroline McKenna Offline
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Loc: Suburbia, Illinois
Quote:
Wells: You can have children because I am awesome
LOL Great, Alicia!!!
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#127646 - 07/04/03 12:55 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Anna B. the Greek Offline
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LOL, Alicia!

There's really nothing more to say.

AnnaBtG. smile laugh
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#127647 - 07/19/04 08:05 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
Anna B. the Greek Offline
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Let's resurrect this thread!!

WHAT A FISH KNOWS

Kay the Goldfish: Lois and Clark have four children, and they're a weird family.

AnnaBtG. laugh
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#127648 - 07/19/04 08:54 AM Re: Readers Digest Fic - Revisited
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lol This is great! Let me give it a shot:

Phero-Moan My Lovely

Lois: Ow, my head! What happened?

Clark: We got married and had a kid.


The Big Debut

Happy 16th birthday, Kent twins! Now you get to be superheroes!

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Of course, it's easy when your stuff is so short to begin with wink
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