Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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What Becomes of the Bandits

Following the completion of "Grit and Grace," I posted two polls to determine what happens next.  The donors got to vote on the bandit with the bashed head and hacked knee.  (I have now unlocked this poll so everyone can see it.)  Everyone else got to vote on the bandit with the burns from hot grits.  And you decided ...

They both live.  They both rejoin the storyline later.  But they do it in different ways.  For the man who was burned survives with only moderate scars, repenting of his sin and returning to surprise our heras; and the man who was hit over the head and hacked in the knee is hideous to look upon, and lame, off somewhere fomenting trouble as we speak.

I think it's interesting that the two audience subsets chose opposite paths for these characters.  While it's likely to break up the pairing as they initially appeared, it does play out a very real effect -- that major incidents can force people to stop coasting and take a close look at their life path and decisions.  When you've screwed up, you can either admit and try to fix it; or stick to your guns and keep aiming at the same target until the trigger clicks on an empty chamber.  With two characters in the same crucial encounter, we can explore both options.

Thank you all so much for sharing your thoughts.  I will keep these guys in mind for future poems, in or out of fishbowl sessions.
Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fantasy, fishbowl, poetry, reading, spirituality, writing
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