I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve teamed up with five other bloggers to create “The Invitation” — a short story in the Choose Your Own Adventure format that takes you across five blogs all over the world!
In this story, YOU are the main character, and you make the choices. At the end of each page, click on your chosen path to the next part of the story. Will you be abducted by Journey-loving wizards? Will you discover a magical time machine? Will you end up in a surreal, Kafka-esque trial involving ping-pong balls and paper clips? The choice is yours…
Each author wrote the section that appears on his or her blog. To learn more about the bloggers, click here. Otherwise, the adventure begins below…
THE STORY BEGINS
One story. Five blogs. Infinite paths.
It’s Saturday morning, and your mom’s telling you to take your little sister to the park. “Unless you want to help me mop the floor,” she adds. You get it — the park wins.
With your skateboard tucked under your arm, and your sister trailing behind on her rollerblades, you head out the door and down the footpath. “I’ll work on my grind while Carly practices her backwards skate,” you think, “and we’ll head home in time for lunch and computer games.”
Then an envelope catches your eye. It’s lying beside some bushes, half-covered with leaves, but it looks intact and rather official. You pick it up as Carly skates to a halt behind you. “What’s that letter?” she says. The front reads:
To The Finder
“It’s for you, then,” says Carly. “This is Tulledon Lane, Hatbottom, and you’re definitely The Finder. Go on — open it!”
There’s no arguing with that logic, so you slit the envelope open and pull out the letter inside. It reads:
“Thank you for accepting our invitation. Please be advised that our driver will pick you up promptly at 2 pm, Saturday, on the corner of Tulledon Lane and Thack Street. You are to bring one guest, four ping-pong balls, and a packet of paper clips.”
Carly looks at you. “What’s this about accepting an invitation?”
“I don’t know,” you say, truthfully. “I don’t remember accepting anything.”
“Well that’s pretty strange,” she says. “What are you going to do?”
If you prepare as advised for a 2 pm pickup, click here.
If you scrunch up the invitation and throw it away, click here.
Lost? Click here to learn more about "The Invitation."