Avatar Author: Abstract Kicking it at the University of Oklahoma. I like writing, science, almost all forms of music (literally), creating constructed languages, graphic/visual arts, and a good book. I will not hesitate in saying I am a Christia... Read Bio

When I originally wrote this (it used to be “Shooting Star”), it was the first semester of university and I thought I had this wicked awesome original story to enter into Sam Ervin’s challenge. However, I have recently been reminded of a short story I read several years back by one of my favorite authors (viz. Stephen King) called “All That You Love Will Be Carried Away”, whose ending had marked similarities to the story that I had written. To my horror, I discovered that I had unintentionally plagiarized the King of Horror.

This was an honest mistake and not done deliberately or with malicious intent (I did not, nor do I ever, wish to xerox King’s—or anyone else’s—work and slap my handle on it). To do due diligence, however, I am replacing the story with this notice rather than editing it. I’m trying to become a professional writer myself, and I want to run an honest game.

Whether Kevin or THX or whoever has the banhammer wishes to smite me with it, I leave up to their discretion.

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  1. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    a life on the edge.. literally. i see you have sequel..

  2. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    you captured the desperation beautifully.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Great scene and a great moment of desperation flung onto the chance appearance of some celestial body. Very noir in that sense, the feeling of fate and not being in control entirely of what’s going on.

  4. Avatar cthulhuburger

    I am so glad THX sequeled this, because it definitely makes me want more. And somehow, in doing that, it stands all the better on its own.

  5. Avatar Sam Ervin

    Congratulations, AR, you’ve won!

  6. Avatar QuackDamnYou

    Loved this one and all its offshoots! Gratz!

  7. Avatar Abstract

    Commenting so that this shows up in people’s feeds.

  8. Avatar Abstract

    More correctly, I remembered the story and the specific plot device (ideas are not copyrightable, and at the time I thought I had been only working with the idea), but ended up writing a story that almost exactly copied the end of King’s. The phrasing I have recently been reminded of a short story I read is meant to get across that reading the summary made me realize that the two stories were almost exactly identical. (If all that makes sense.)