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Last edited by Charlie; October 30, 2011 at 09:12 PM.
Description: My first short story. No, I'm serious. If you are going to read it, please read it to the end and let me know what you think of it. It is inspired by Mayonaka no Orchestra by Aqua Timez and I was listening to it the whole time I was writing this.
"A song.. that is the only way to convey my feelings..I'll put all my emotions into this song.
...I will let you listen to my song..so please."
It was the season of Light, we were full of hope, thinking only about the bright future ahead. I look forward to seeing that person again. Under the sakura.. we'll meet again and this time! This time I'll get my message across!
Tonight..once again, the girl is here. Why does she always come here at this time?
There are no one here besides her.
I don't know her name..
I don't know her..
All I know is that she comes here a few minutes before midnight. With her violin, she'll start playing a song..a song as beautiful as herself.
She have long brown hair, that glows under the spotlight whenever she plays the song.
Whenever she plays her song, she is so elegant..
In the dark night, she shines so brightly..so beautifully..
..yes, just like a firefly.
But I still don't know her but maybe I should..maybe today I will walk to her and say "hello".
I wonder..what does she think of me? Does she even notice me?
Ah..she stopped playing the song at that part again. She will always stop at that part.
Now's my chance! I have to go and talk to her.
I'm walking right up to her now..steadily.
"Hello..uh, my name is Takeshi" I spoke..somewhat nervously.
She gave me a long look..
..she's sure taking her time..is she ignoring me? Oh this is bad..I'm embarass-
"My name is..Hotaru."
"Oh! Uh..Nice to meet you!"
She laughed a little and then with her hands behind her she move her face closer to me and..
"Will you be here tomorrow again?"
She's..so close. She's really pretty, the face of an angel and I could only mutter..
"Great! Then..I'll see you again tomorrow..!" She said as she carried her violin and took off only looking back once and gave me a smile.
"Tomorrow..tomorrow!" Yeah! I'll be here again for sure!
Why am I here again? Oh that's right..I'm in charge of this place..of this run-down stadium that nobody uses anymore. I'm in charge of taking care of everything that happens here.
I don't like this job.
I want to quit..until the day you came.
I'm back at the stadium again and it's midnight again.
I'm a little glad that I didn't leave earlier or else I would have missed her..I would have missed Hotaru and this beautiful song playing now.
The single applause echoed through the old stadium.
I was expecting a graceful small bow like always but it didn't come instead she gave me
a sad stare.
"Takeshi, thank you..but this song, it is not completed yet."
"I know that. But it's still good."
"Why don't you ask me? About the song, about why it is not completed?"
She looked down..as if something heavy is on her shoulders.
I'm not sure how to answer her. I never thought about asking her because
she always puts her heart to the song and I know.
I know that there is a reason why the song always end at that part and that maybe..
just maybe she really wanted to finish playing it.
I don't wish to ask her that..because it will be insensitive of me.
I don't want to be a jerk in her eyes.
But I have no answer now.
A cold wind..
"Ah-choo!" I sneezed awkwardly.
"Hehe.." she gave a small giggle.
"You look so funny when you sneeze, Takeshi."
"No I don't!"
We both started laughing.
At least the heavy air around us was lifted.
"Takeshi..I'm really glad that you are always here with me"
Huh? That came abruptly.
"The day before I met you, I was playing the song here alone."
The day before she met me? I remember..that day I wasn't feeling well so I wasn't here.
"Truth is, I was lonely.
I'm all alone in this place. At the center, playing a song that no one is listening to..and it was also scary because when I'm done, it will be so quiet. So, very quiet. It's so lonely.."
At that moment, she looked down and seemed so sad.
"What are you talking about?"
"It's a waste, isn't it? That people don't get to hear such a beautiful song."
There's nothing wrong with saying that since I'm being honest.
I looked at her again, she was waiting for me to say something.
"So don't look so sad and don't worry, I'll be here every single midnight.
I'll listen to your song even if it's unfinished." I told her confidently, by now I'm sure that
no matter how unwell I am, I will make it here and listen to her.
No matter what.
Hotaru looked away and blushed a little while playing with her hair before
she looked up at me again.
"Don't lie to me. That's a promise you know?"
"Yeah. I promise."
"Daddy! Mummy!" It was a beautiful morning and the sakura are blooming once again.
That's right, just like that day.
Right in front of me are the most important people in my life besides that person.
My family that has always been with me.
Finally, the day has come..my dream, no..the first step!
"Come on come on! I can't wait" my little brother, satoshi is jumping around with excitement.
I carried the bags along with my most important item and board the van.
It will be hours before we finally reach Tokyo.
In this few hours..I'm sure I won't be able to hold it, I'm finally going to fulfill my promise.
My parents are really happy, they have been wearing a wide smile on their faces since morning.
"You are finally going to finish it. Mum is so happy for you!"
"Ohoh! Our dearest have come so far! Your papa is going to cry manly tears!"
"Stop exaggerating!" Satoshi called out, unable to withstand him.
But I don't mind, it was such a beautiful day..
Holding tightly to the violin case in my hand, I pray that I'll be able to meet him soon.
The sky doesn’t move, the sun just rises and falls
The ground doesn’t move, it’s you who walk on it.
It's the same for Hotaru and me. Every time I listen to her song..I felt like time had stopped.
The only thing moving is her and the only thing I can hear is the sound of her violin.
That's right, at midnight everyday, that is all to me.
I wonder if the both of us have started to move? I wonder if both us..
Tonight, the sky is filled with a sea of stars. It is a beautiful night and a peaceful
one that feels so serene. I'm walking to the old stadium again but today it is different,
today I have something to tell her.
She's standing there again, at the place where the only working spotlight in the stadium shines.
But the spotlight is not working today.
She looks the same, as beautiful and as elegant as the first time I saw her a week ago.
She is looking up at the sky, she must be admiring how beautiful tonight is.
I wanted to call out to her but Hotaru started praying.
She closed her eyes and put her hands together to her chest and prayed.
It's so quiet and she looked very sincere praying..to whoever that is up there.
Hotaru opened her eyes and look at me.
I couldn't make it out. Is she looking at me..solemnly?
Silence filled the air.
"Please..listen to this song. I..finished the song."
Ah..I see. So that's the reason why she never finished playing the song.
"I want you to listen to it with all your heart. I want to play with all my heart."
I wanted to say something, anything but..I just nodded.
"A song.. that is the only way to convey my feelings..I'll put all my emotions into this song.
...I will let you listen to my song..so please."
The bow glide across the strings graciously, it is the same wondrous tune
I had always heard before. Yet it sounded different.
It sounded with so much passion, every note is emitting so beautifully.
It feels like I'm listening to a voice..
a serene voice that brings me on a harmonic journey, towards her heart.
The second half is more gorgeous than ever.
This song brings so much sadness while containing such happiness,
yet joy and sorrow were not the only emotions.
Under the moonlight, Hotaru continued playing.
She looks like an angel, no..she's more than that.. to me Hotaru is..
The moonlight is shining on her and she plays her final verse,
a melodramatic one in the eyes of others.
But it brings peace to me..like Hotaru always does.
..I closed my eyes as the song ended.
When I open my eyes, I wanted to give the greatest applause.
But I never got to.
The girl is lying there on the cold floor of the stadium with her violin beside her.
She is looking up at the night sky once again.
I have no idea why this is happening but I have to get over to her side.
I have to.
"Hotaru? What is wrong.." I reach out my hands to touch her.
Cold. She's so cold.
"I..I'm so glad.."
Her voice is trembling..she's..trembling..
I held her in my arms.
"What is happening?! Hang on..!"
"..so glad that I finished the song..the song that is filled with so much love.."
She's bleeding..from her back?
"Hotaru..?..Hotaru! Hang in there, I'll call for an ambulance now!"
I reached for my phone and hurriedly dial the phone, I was nervous and
scared.. I could barely make out my own words.
At that moment, Hotaru's cold hands touch my face..
"Takeshi..you are so warm.."
"Hotaru..hang in there.."
"Hey...do you remember, takeshi? Do you remember that I said..I was lonely..?"
"I remember..I remember!"
"I'm glad that day..you came and spoke to me..I'm glad that I talked to you..
I was afraid that I was going to.. be all alone again.."
At this point..I couldn't control it anymore. Tears are flowing down my face
onto her..warm tears..
"Don't say that..I..I won't let you be alone!"
"Yes..you promised. I remember..just like that day."
Just like..that day..?
"I don't really remember anymore..takeshi..the doctor said I cannot remember things anymore"
"But I still remember, the promise I made to you..I came to fulfill it for you."
"Takeshi..I've forgotten daddy..mummy..and satoshi..and I had slowly..forgotten myself.
Everything was slowly fading away..but why..."
Tears is falling down her eyes..like me..she is crying. A heartful cry.
"..Why couldn't I forget you?"
Remember..I'm trying to..
She pull her face towards mine and look at me with kind eyes
She closed her eyes and smiled..
...The next thing I remember..is a sea of red.
Daddy..Mommy..Satoshi..they are all gone.
Why did this had to happen?
If only I wasn't speaking to them while they were driving.
..if only..if only.. they wouldn't have died.
I couldn't remember what really happened but it was clear..
all of them had left me.
Dad..mom..why? Why..we promised that we will live in Tokyo together,
and that I will play the violin for you whenever.
Satoshi..satoshi..as a sister I promised you that I'll show you the beauty of Tokyo.
Ah..what is this warmth? Unknowingly, tears started to flow down and I started to cry.
The doctor told me that I was hit severely in the head during the crash
and it damaged my brain.
He said that soon I may not be able to remember anything in my head.
Is it..suppose to be cruel? Will I forget my family?
Will I forget Takeshi?
.."Don't tire yourself, you will remain in the hospital until we find some way
to look after you. Until then, you are not allowed to leave this place"
"But..I want to..play the violin.."
"No, not even the violin. Even playing the violin will cause you to bleed."
I know the doctor is concerned about me but..the violin is my life now.
At the beginning, I only forgot the little things but soon I started to forget Mama, papa, and satoshi.. and I started to forget even my name.
But with the violin in my hand, I can remember...I know I can. If I play the violin,
I will remember. That is why I ran..I ran from the hospital.
Hospital staff are moving out and in the various wards,
the operating theater light is lit up.
I sat there..recalling..trying to recall..everything that lead up to today.
I looked up to the light that says "Operating in process".
I don't pray..I don't believe in god but this once I will pray for her.
I took a deep breath and repeatedly told myself
"Hotaru will be fine.
hotaru will be fine. hotaru will be fine"
I'm shaking, is it fear or is it sadness? I don't know, I can't make it out anymore.
What was it that she last said to me..? I'm trying to remember but why..
am I so afraid
The operating theater light is no longer lit up.
"Hey! Hey! Takeshi! Wait for..wait for me!"
"Nah-uh! Not going to! Stupiiiiddd!!!"
It's the start of another school term and the sakura are blooming again.
The little girl is trying her best to catch up to the energetic young boy.
But "poof" the little girl didn't look where she was going and fell.
"Uh-oh! This is bad!" the young boy called takeshi stopped and ran back to help her.
"Ah..ah.." the girl is trying her best to catch her breath.
Takeshi patted her back as he helped her recover her breath.
"Are you alright? Man, you shouldn't have chase me with that sickly body of yours!"
The girl caught her breath and pinched Takeshi
"But! But you are the only one in the entire school that will play with me!"
Uh oh. This is bad for Takeshi, it looks like he's about to make her cry..again.
"All the other kids say I'm a sickly girl and says that anyone close to me will get infected!"
"But you can't infect them or something..right?"
Takeshi said as she helped her up.
"Y-Yes..I can't infect.."
Takeshi grinned and told the girl, "Wanna climb the sakura tree?"
"The sakura tree, wanna climb it? I want to show you something."
"Stop with your whats! I'm saying that we can only see it after
climbing the tree! Are you coming or not?!"
The girl held Takeshi's hands..
"Only if you hold my hand."
"The sight up here is amazing right? This is the tallest sakura tree in the entire school so from here, you can see everything!"
"Amazing right? ..If only Mummy is here to see it with me"
Takeshi looked a little sad. But the girl understand why, Takeshi's mother is never home
and he misses her alot. Whenever takeshi's mother come home from work,
it will be very late at night..that's right..
it will be around midnight whenever she comes home.
"I have something to tell you."
"Haha, is it another one of your lame jokes?"
"My jokes are not lame!"
Takeshi laid back and gave a small yawn..
The girl looked at her with a soft expression
"I'm learning how to play the violin, Takeshi."
"..so I can play it for you."
"No way..why would you.."
"In place of your mommy. I know that I can't take Takeshi's mommy place
in playing the violin but..but!"
That's right, the one thing that Takeshi always look forward to everyday is
when her mother returns at midnight after her job. She would always play a short
piece of violin music for Takeshi, so that he can fall asleep.
It's the one thing that she never fails to do for him..that is until recently, she stopped
"I don't need it..I.."
The girl interrupted him before he could finished.
"Takeshi, I want to play it for you."
Takeshi knew the girl was serious and after a while he sighed..
"I guess..there's no choice."
"Will you promise me?"
"Huh? What do you want now?"
"To listen to my song, one that I will play especially for you"
"Haha, I doubt you can even finish learning the vio-"
"...Ouch, that really hurts"
The girl gave takeshi a slap.
"And then..and then, you'll smile like you used to."
Her words with filled with such unnoticeable kindness.
...There was a moment of silence.
"Yeah..yeah, I promise you."
"Oh god..what a pain."
On top of the sakura tree, the promise was made.
Despair fell on us, we had no place to turn to. The two of us with intertwining fates.
I want to know..I want to know who Hotaru is.
I want to remember her. I want to remember Hotaru.
I'm crying again..why, why is there so much sadness between the two of us?
The cold and harsh words from the surgeon is the only thing I can remember..
"The girl's journey in life..has ended."
When the words came, it looked like the sky was leaving. It looked like the end.
But it's not the end for me.
I will remember her.
I will remember Hotaru...
Last edited by Zeltrax; October 19, 2011 at 01:44 AM.
Zeltrax, by no means I am disrespecting your hard work, but for October Creative Writing contest, as Charlie had stated above, you must use a specific sentence as the opening and the closing. Check the first post again.
Zel - the ending line requirement is alright as its part of the final paragraph / sequence. The beginning line required line should be somewhere in the beginning part of your work, in or closer to the first paragraph. Please tweak that a little, besides that small issue, I have to say that is a beautiful piece of work.
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