2016 #AtoZChallenge - the Beasts of the Battle

Well that was an overwhelming vote in favor of an Epic Battle of the Beasts!

For those who are here for the first time, this is an interactive fiction adventure. I will write a scene every day, and my visitors will vote for where they want the story to go next, by leaving a comment on the post. You can start from the beginning here.

Andy walked over to his pile of creatures - a small plastic hill of hooves, beaks, claws, and haunches that rose up next to his toybox like a lumpy on-ramp.
"Alright, troops! Time for some action. Now let's see who is fit for duty today!" he said, rummaging through the pile. He set aside some smaller animals to use as ground troops and lined up the larger animals for inspection.
"Hmm..." Andy said, picking at what remained of a tree-climbing blister. "Who to pick, who to pick?" He surveyed the troops, and suddenly grabbed ahold of a purple gorilla. "Be patient, Gorilla! It's important to make the best decisions in war!" He slammed the gorilla back in line and looked around the room, giving various spots a squinty-eyed consideration.
"I think..? Well, where should the battle be?" He eyed up a Lego castle in the corner. Its half-tumbled ramparts were the unfortunate result of a collision during a late-night trip to the bathroom.  The bed was a good spot. He could drape his covers over the head and footboard to create a world in the depths of night. Or, there was always the open carpet. The more space, the bigger the mess, after all!

Where shall be our Beastly Battlefield?
The toy Castle
Under the Covers
or the open Carpet

Please vote in the comments! Voting closes at 10pm Eastern/8pm Mountain Time (USA) on Sunday so I have time to write before bed :)
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  1. Under the bed? This is fun :) Cheers
    @KalaRavi16 from

  2. Toy Castle!
    What a tough challenge you've made for yourself. No writing ahead for you, I guess!
    Jollett Etc.

  3. Interesting way to do the challenge! I vote for Castle Lego!

  4. Open Carpet by all means!

  5. The Toy Castle! :) What a fun way to do the a to z challenge!

  6. Pick the high ground always in battle!! Best wishes on this year's challenge!
    https://slfinnell1965.wordpress.com/ (Katy Trail Creations)

  7. NOT in the closet. Who KNOWS what might be in there?

    Happy A-Z.
    Doing 7 blogs, so I won't list 'em all here.

    Kicking MS to the Curb
    Nickers and Ink Poetry and Humor
    Practically at Home

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  9. Anonymous12:46 PM

    Open carpet. we need MORE MESS!

  10. Under the covers, please!

  11. Under the covers would be me.

  12. Hello AJ, this may be my first time visiting or at least for this April's challenge. I love your idea of an interactive story. The open carpet peaks my interest and gets my vote. Happy writing and thank you for hosting the #AprilA2Z event.

    Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: Bomber Girls #AprilA2Z

  13. Anyone who could slam a gorilla back in line has no fear of what awaits in the TOY CASTLE.
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  14. Awesome! I vote for the toy castle. What good is an adventure if you don't add a castle, right? Right.

    Romance, Passion, & Thrills | ❤ Twitter: @sashaknight

  15. The castle. The fact that it's partially deconstructed just gives all the more ambience!

    LuAnn (approx #369 on the list) @ Back Porchervations.
    (and one of co-host AJ Lauer's #wHooligans)

  16. I like castles, so I'm voting for that.

  17. Hi there!

    I’m stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge. Your post gives me a feeling of Toy Story and I LOVE it!

    I have two blogs in this challenge…my author blog at THE STORY CATCHER (www.donnalmartin.com) and my KICKS Kids Club blog (www.kickskidsclub.blogspot.com) . If you get a chance, check them out and good luck with the challenge!

  18. Definitely the castle.. very interesting Post. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  19. Under the Covers! That's where my girls wage epic battles, and lose every toy imaginable.

    The AtoZ of EOS

  20. The Toy Castle - and I love this idea for A to Z!

  21. Hm,mm The Toy Castle!!!


  22. I vote for under the covers - what a battle that would be :) I love you descriptions, it really brings the story alive.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  23. I'll vote for the Toy Castle.

  24. The toy castle sounds like a mighty site for what's next!

  25. Another vote for the toy castle :)

  26. Under the covers sounds like an advantageous spot to me. This is great fun, a wonderful A to Z!

    @ScarlettBraden from
    Frankly Scarlett

  27. Lovely Scene.. would love to know more about ur scene whichever direction u lead it too..
    Happy Blogging


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