Community Event / Creation Can this be true? Drabble contest #157: Rumours

Vote for you favourite three

  • 01 - Steph - Don't believe everything you hear.

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • 02 - phong - The Masked Drabblers

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • 03 - Frank - Second Hand News

    Votes: 7 36.8%
  • 04 - MINDWIPE - The Setup

    Votes: 7 36.8%
  • 05 - RoyalHankey - The failed ambush

    Votes: 2 10.5%
  • 06 - Saint John Hawke - Simoofs risky mission

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • 07 - moose666 - The dangers of live animal transport.

    Votes: 3 15.8%
  • 08 - FelixBast - According to rumour

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • 09 - Simoof - In perfect order.

    Votes: 7 36.8%
  • 10 - Miko_Stargazer - They Skitter Among Us

    Votes: 4 21.1%
  • 11 - cleonymus - Fleetwood's map

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • 12 - Erik Marcaigh - Culture Clash

    Votes: 5 26.3%
  • 13 - Galactic Midden - Ooh, Saucy

    Votes: 1 5.3%
  • 14 - psykokow - Data Verification Required

    Votes: 5 26.3%
  • 15 - insanephoton - The truth is out there

    Votes: 6 31.6%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .

There were tales of a great competition, rumours whispered in dark corners. The greatest minds in the Elite Galaxy pit their wits against each other for the ultimate prize, an imaginary soggy toilet paper crown. Those tales proved themselves to be true.

Our latest hero who was found worthy of the prize was none other than the great insanephoton, and his challenge for this week was the topic "Rumours"

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Make sure you come back on Sunday night to see how well your Drabble has done. At least come back before Monday 15:00 to check if you're the one that has to provide us with a topic.

Please vote. And a warning to all of the contestants, don't vote for yourselves. Anyone caught voting for themselves shall have people whisper nasty things about them behind their backs.

01 - Steph - Don't believe everything you hear.

"OK, we're all here. Now would you mind telling us why you called us in?"

"The mother lode gentlemen, riches beyond your wildest dreams."

"We're listening..."

"Those filthy Hutton Truckers. They're coming through here in ships filled with Mugs".

An echo on the scanner silenced the conversation. A single ship, Viper class. The viper was ident scanned simultaneously by several of the gathered ships.

Pilot : CMDR Snuffler
Combat Rating : Deadly

"Welcome gentlemen. You shouldn't believe everything you hear. Now then, who's going to be first?"

"Please don't kill us Snuffler! Please don’t kill us Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh”.

02 - phong - The Masked Drabblers

'Divvy up'.Pirates being pirates,they weren't very good at this part of 'the life'.Even the recently introduced queueing system they had all agreed to broke down swiftly as they aprroached the mound of booty,breaking in to a run as they spotted the one thing they craved above all others,with shouts and cheers of exultation.
Take one theme,three pendants and a comma,add a dash of imagination,a pinch of salt and a tweak of the tale.Et voila.. anozzer testy drabble!
'It's not all about u.Rum,ours.' read the note from Hutton Dockers Writers Union.

03 - Frank - Second Hand News

"I heard he rescued his brother from a Thargoid ambush."

"I heard he punched a Thargoid.. in the mouth."

"I heard he survived a bite from a Riedquatian Spider."

"I heard he could control BlueTooth devices.. by thought alone."

"I heard he developed a superpotent biofuel."

"I heard he blew up an entire planet."

"I heard he travelled back in time.. and built the Pyramids."

The place fell silent as an old man shuffled into the bar, sat on his favourite stool, and ordered a Janx.

He noticed all the people staring at him. He scowled back and squawked "What!?"

04 - MINDWIPE - The Setup

After weeks of searching, Morrison gave up. He sat at a bar in Eurybia, drowning his sorrows looking worse than he felt.

“whats up friend?” asked the barkeep. Morrison replied “been searching for Thermic Alloys and I cant find anything”.

“Is that all! Rumour has it they're abundant in Scylaa”

Morrison sobered. “Great advice thanks”. “anytime” replied the Barkeep.

Next day, Morrison dropped into a Scylaa signal source

“JACKPOT, damm, he was right”. Suddenly four pirate anaconda's jumped in. “oh crap!” Morrison thought. Over the comms came “hehehe there's one born every day, now die you fool” chuckled the barkeep.

05 - RoyalHankey - The failed ambush

Rumor has it that Psykokow killed simoof.
Rascon asked Psykokow is this rumor I heard you killed simoof'.
'No' said Psykokow 'it wasn't me'
Rascon said 'Who was it then?'
Psykokow .said 'Think it was Winnard'
Winnard came into the bar and sat next to Rascon.
Rascon asked 'Have you seen simoof recently'.
Winnard replied 'Yes but Alien killed him'.
Alien who was in hearing distance turned around.
She replied 'Wasn't me I missed him'
Simoof stormed into the bar and shouted.
'WELL.........You all missed, I am surprised you didn't hit each other twits.

06 - Saint John Hawke - Simoofs risky mission

Rumor was there was a fortune to be made at New Yembo.
Smuggling missions galore all worth millions of credits.
Simoof started his journey setting waypoints and scoop points.
Off he went and landed at Liberty Station.
He looked in the mission board.
He found a job worth millions.
He set his first 15 waypoints and checked places to scoop from.
After that he selected a route avoiding pirate locations.
He was interdicted 2 jumps from home.
Well known Pirate Midden gave chase.
He escaped but Midden interdicted again.
Simoof managed to avoid this one and made his deserved fortune.

07 - moose666 - The dangers of live animal transport.

The anaconda's cargo bay was a mess.
"What happened here?"
"They got out and started trashing the place"
"What did?"
"Kangaroos, from Earth, I was taking them to the sanctuary on Fawaol when the stasis regulator blew and they kicked their way out the canisters"
"Ouch, what's the damage?"
"The cargo racks are scrap, the ship's superstructure is fine though."

They left the ship. Outside, a rep was waiting.
"Heard you specialise in live animals, got a run for you"
"Gotta fix my boat up first, what's the haul?"
"50 units of..." he squinted at the docket "kanga... roo"

08 - FelixBast - According to rumour

Commander Dale had just made a very large “charity contribution” to the Sirius Corporation.
A rumour said that this was the quickest way to increase his reputation with them.
The reason he wanted the reputation was because, according to what someone in a bar told him, the Sirius Corporation could grant a permit to enter the Sirius system.
He wanted to get to the Sirius system because, someone said, an Engineer there could improve his ships handling.
The commander wondered at his motivations for all this.
Just because he didn’t like how it felt when he pulled on his stick?

09 - Simoof - In perfect order.

The comms startled her, it was her father:
"Why'd I find out about this from Second Hand News stories?"
Her father, Mac, had never believed in her Dreams.
She swore at him "I Am Never Going Back!"
"Dont'! Stop! Please let me join you." he pleaded
"Go Your Own Way" She was annoyed that some Songbird had told her father.
The Chain of events leading to this point seem contrived.
"You Make Loving Fundamentally..."
"I Don't want To Know!" she barked. "Oh Daddy, I am like Gold Dust..."
"Woman!" her father interrupted, "Who would employ you?"
"The Fleet would, Mac."

10 - Miko_Stargazer - They Skitter Among Us

“I’m telling you, it’s the bloody Thargoids. I hear they’re infiltrating our governments in order to wipe us all out.”

“I hear the Thargoids come in peace.” Anten cut in with his odd smile. “They say the Thargoids want to grant humanity a golden age and we should welcome their benevolence.”

I eyed Anten curiously. He was always odd with his pallid face that didn’t always seem to move right, and his strange ways of speaking, and I swore I saw him eat a cricket he found on his sleeve once, but he had always seemed like a trustworthy guy.

11 - cleonymus - Fleetwood's map

Fleetwood searched Galnet for second hand news of his pristine rings.
"I'm never going back again after the pirate incident." He paused.
"Don't stop" said his beautiful copilot. "You can always go your own way. A songbird tells of the chain of stars to riches. Come to bed and show me again."
"You make loving fun." said Fleetwood, "But the map is secret"
"Then I don't want to know." breathed his co pilot.
Cleonymus began drawing the map on her naked body.
"Oh daddy" she gasped.
"You'll soon have plenty of gold dust woman. The rings are not just rumours."

12 - Erik Marcaigh - Culture Clash

Ma was upset when we got back to the house. She'd been staying up late waiting on us to get back.

"You know them folks that stay opposite Erik's Drabble banner? Well, I got an interesting call from them, said some kids wearing balaclavas climbed up on it and defaced it."

We had ditched our headgear, "It could've been anyone."

"All three were wearing 'Elite' T-shirts"

"They are popular T-shirts. Some people might accuse us of defacing the poster, but it was only to stick in our letter for our British spelling of the word..

It's just our 'U' Ma."

13 - Galactic Midden - Ooh, Saucy

"Tell another one Gramps!" the cadets cheered.

The old miner spat into his chicken dinner, <why could he never get a moments peace!>. He spun round in his carriage. "Didn't your maw ever tell you not to sneak up on yer elders!?"

Fatty Burble squared up to Frank sitting 3' 9" on his zero-g commode module. "You owe us Gramps, last week's story was a trick, none of it was true!"

Frank scratched his bald patch trying to recall his latest tall tale, <sauce, something about mother's sauce>. "OK, here's the real ending... I said 'it's salty-sweet! unbelievable roux maw'".

14 - psykokow - Data Verification Required

The cockpit shook violently as the warp bubble collapsed around his eagle, the light from the star made the cockpit glass sparkle.
Turning towards Eden he powered up his frameshift throttle.
The journey was now beginning, one hour of accelerating and 30 mins slowly decelerating to hit the optimal journey time to hutton orbital. Well so the rumour went.
He was on his way to pick up his free anaconda and fill its hold with unlimited rares and free gold.
Well so the rumour went.
After 32 minutes flight his fuel light blinked, but an eagle had enough fuel.. well,

15 - insanephoton - The truth is out there

There's something big out there that the authorities aren't telling us. A lot of ships have gone missing in this region recently. Don't tell me that you believe the story about pirates? I have a few contacts with some less than savoury people and they tell me that the crime syndicates are moving out. Something's got them scared and it's not the cops or the navy. Talking of the navy, you heard that the 6th fleet is heading this way. If the rumours are true someone made contact with aliens and it didn't go so well. Be afraid, very afraid

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It appears that I left a typo in the title of my drabble. If some kindly mod could correct it to read ' The truth is out there' I'd be very grateful, if not it will be interesting to see how Kow pronounces trusth.
Esperanto means hope, and hope conquers despair

It appears that I left a typo in the title of my drabble. If some kindly mod could correct it to read ' The truth is out there' I'd be very grateful, if not it will be interesting to see how Kow pronounces trusth.
I did notice it but I left it because I thought it might have been some sort of wordplay that I didn't understand.

You know.. you put your trust in the truth to dispel rumours.. or something like that.
Like the Brexit campaign?
Exactly! A portmanteau word.

Trusth means to trust in the truth.

Brexit means to completely knacker up a country to spite a Tory toff who was going to leave office soon anyway.

I could imagine the verb "to brexit" taking a more generic meaning as time goes by. It is much snappier than the long winded "to cut off your nose to spite your face"
Video is up, Audio will be done tomorrow !! Thanks for the great show guys!
What the hell is up with voting this week? MINDWIPE is winning? How can it be? This is more upsetting - I can't even go on...
I would like to remind whomever wins this vote that they have been given a clear mandate by the Drabbling public, to choose the next topic. They must not resign and pass this responsibility to somebody else.
I would like to remind whomever wins this vote that they have been given a clear mandate by the Drabbling public, to choose the next topic. They must not resign and pass this responsibility to somebody else.
are they allowed to delay passing the resolution until the next vote has passed?
Im not winning at all im tied with simoof, insanephoton and frank. its hardly my fault if some people actually liked my first drabble entry fellas now is it
Wow! I'm neck and neck with Simoof. And to think I'd already given my defeatist speech.

With only minutes left the duel is on. I would like to point out that if I win, I will most definitely give £350m to hospitals. And I will absolutely not go back on this promise. You have my solemn word on that.

Here's some music whilst we wait for the results to come in from around the internet.

I'm going to vote at the last minute ... so if you don't want my vote to decide who wins, two people need to vote such that my vote is irrelevant.
Alien does like things nice and neat. It looks like I'm going to have to start voting last minute again to ensure we have a clear winner. The problem with me doing that is that I often fall asleep and miss my chance at voting.

The contest is a little easier if there's only the two topics so I'll let Mindwipe and Simoof pick those two topics. Great Drabbles by the way.
That's a shame because I honestly thought your drabble was good and that you, Mindwipe and Simoof together would make an interesting combination for a topic.
That's a shame because I honestly thought your drabble was good and that you, Mindwipe and Simoof together would make an interesting combination for a topic.
Well, technically, Frank received 12 votes. Some of you were fooled by false words and quick editing. Many of you thought you were voting to Leave the choice to Frank. Some of you wanted to Stay with Erik's choice as voiced on the Drabble Show. In the end, it became a non-issue because after choosing to Leave, Frank showed his true colors and revealed that he had no Exit Plan (we call it a Theme). In the end, you've been left downtrodden and upset.

But the real deal is that even though Frank has no Theme, he will always be Frank, our drunk miner, just one of many patrons in the bar called the EU (that's Elite Underground - a special bar for miners), ready to set up the following week's drabble rules, and to erect the next poll. The drabblers may change, but Frank will always be there, week after week, keeping the peace and enforcing the rules.

Gratz to our 3 winners. Now, what's that topic?
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