AW Blog Chain

This month’s prompt: The Continuing Story of a Song

Step 1: Choose a song. It can be any song, vocal or instrumental, but you have to know what it’s called and who did it. If you really want to spin the roulette wheel, use the random function in your music player. Bonus points for finding and linking a YouTube video or other (legal) source. The song should be one you like and doesn’t have to be related to anybody else’s pick.

Step 2: Continue the story. Read the post before yours and continue the story in any direction you see fit. Your continuation must be based on, inspired by, or in some other way influenced by your song choice. Be prepared to explain it in the comments section!

I really like the tone set by the previous entrants. It’s complex, dark, and so screamed Hotel California. I also really like the concept. Like you all know, I write to music all the time. It helps set the backdrop upon which my story is played. Here is an excellent opportunity to see how that works. Please take some time to read through and comment on the entries. It is well worth it.

My song selection is Hotel California by The Eagles. Based on the story so far, I’m surprised no-one has used it yet. Am I really that old?

Deep beneath the resort, a form resided. Encased in its tomb of earth, empty, vengeful sockets saw everything. Like some psychic spider, its reach touched the minds of all. The criminal element, the police, the resort staff and guests. All moved according to its whim, towards its ultimate goal. The ancestors of those sailors would continue to pay for their forefather’s betrayal.

It drew them from all corners of the earth and it intended to keep them here. Their blood would soak the ground like his had all those years ago.

They had left him here. Had taken the treasure; his treasure, had taken his ship, had taken his life. They left him bound and bleeding, hanging from the tree on the beach. He watched them row away as his life pumped out of the hole in his midriff, mixing with his stomach acid and burning a path down his legs; his blood staining the white sand of the secluded cove.

He had no idea how long he hung there, the pain eroding his brain. It was designed to be a long slow death. One he had himself taught his crew. One he had used on numerous occasions. One could say he ultimately died by his own hand, his own machinations.

Where she had come from, he couldn’t say. He swayed between life and death and upon opening his eyes, which grew heavier with each breath, she stood there. Her gown drifted like a white haze around her, set aglow by the moonlight. She reached out and touched his cheek, her pale hand cool and a soft.

All he could do was moan; he had no energy for anything more. He teetered on the edge of death and dark flames awaited him.

She leaned in, her red lips, cold as the sea, brushing his and trailing down over his chin until they rested on his neck. He briefly questioned how she could reach him, hanging in the tree, before the pain vanished. His eyes drooped closed.

He remembered her cradling him, releasing his bonds. He remembered being carried and laid in his current resting space but he never fully drifted away as he expected. He remained bound to this place always on the edge. Alive but not.

He saw everything over the years as time moved past him; the resort spring up over him. Time had forgotten him, Death had forgotten him, but he never forgot. His vengeance burned on. He would make them pay.

Participants and posts:
orion_mk3 – Story beginning
orion_mk3 – (link to this month’s post)
BigWords – (link to this month’s post)
AbielleRose – (link to this month’s post)
Ralph Pines – (link to this month’s post)
hillaryjacques – (link to this month’s post)
Darkshore – (link to this month’s post)
pyrosama – (link to this month’s post)
Diana_Rajchel – (link to this month’s post)
Inkstrokes -You are here
soullesshuman – (link to this month’s post)
Alyzna – (link to this month’s post)
Cath – (link to this month’s post)
dolores haze – (link to this month’s post)
Alpha Echo – (link to this month’s post)
pezie – (link to this month’s post)
jkellerford – (link to this month’s post)


About Dale Long

Writing ambushed me from the shadows. At first I pushed it aside as nonsense, but luckily my wife and two girls saw the potential. Since then I have had an article published by Metroland, placed as runner-up and in the top ten in humour writing contests and various other contests. The icing on the cake was placing as runner-up in the WCDR's Wicked Words contest (130 entries) and having my entry published in the contests anthology of the same name. My entry was an exerpt from my upcoming novel, Echoes.
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24 Responses to AW Blog Chain

  1. I still listen to Hotel California! 🙂

    Nice touch and very haunting feel.

  2. dianarajchel says:

    ooh, great song choice – and I’m loving how you’re pulling it all together!

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  4. Amazing Dale! And very cool idea too,

    Funny thing about you is that you are so normal, and yet you write so dark! It’s always the quiet ones…

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  7. Diane Dooley says:

    Ah, you’ve slid in some backstory. Cool. No wonder there’s been such an ominous feel to the resort.

    • Dale Long says:

      Thanks Diane. I liked the idea that a greater evil was motivating the ‘lesser’ evils (so to speak). I wanted to tie things together and yet leave the freedom for the other writers to continue on or come up with new paths.

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  9. It really did have a Hotel California vibe, didn’t it? That or The Shining. Now we know the backstory of this creepy resort. Nice job.

  10. Hillary says:

    I’m loving this combination of genre themes, and this is a great backdrop (foundation?) to the events that have unfolded.

  11. alexp01 says:

    I was just saying that the story needed more ghost pirates 🙂 I was thinking along exactly the same lines as you, about a puppetmaster, after reading the prior entries.

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