2016 #AtoZChallenge - Castle!

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.

"The castle! A formidable shelter, despite damage from a midnight catastrophe!" Andy pulled the castle across the floor into the middle of his room. He reset a couple scenes within the castle's rooms, and replaced a little plastic flag on top of one of the turrets. The flag had a green and blue sticker on it that had started to peel up at the edges a bit. He scattered blocks near the broken portion of the wall, giving an impression of recent destruction. As a final touch, Andy drew the drawbridge, to prepare for battle.
"I've decided, troops! We're going to battle the furry creatures vs the reptiles. Assemble your ranks, and we'll pick sides next." He separated the plastic toys into two groups. Dinosaurs, snakes and iguanas here - dogs, monkeys, and horses over there. He put a couple birds with each group. Gorilla, of course, went with his furry fellows. "Are you happy Gorilla? We're almost ready to fight! Now, who will defend the castle, and who will attack?"

Which band of creatures will defend the castle?
Dinosaurs and other scaly beasts
or the Dogs and the furry creatures?

Cast your vote for one of the two choices in the comments below! Voting closes at 9pm MTN/11pm EDT so I can write before bed!
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  1. Dinosaurs should defend - they always seem to have to be on the attack and I think they should get a chance to be defence for a change :)
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  2. Nice! It's my first time here, will start from the beginning. I love what you are doing with the A to Z challenge.

  3. While I love my canine friends, I agree with Natasha... it might be fun to mix things up and have the dinosaurs defend and the dogs attack.

  4. Writing a story is the ultimate cliffhanger of blogging. Dogs and fuzzy creatures as guards of course.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose From
    Science Ladybug

  5. Andy sure knows some big words! I think the dinosaurs should defend as well.

    1. Yeah he's a nerdy 10'ish year old :)

    2. Yeah he's a nerdy 10'ish year old :)

  6. Reptiles seem more sedentary, so I can see them defending while the mammals do all the running around outside!

  7. Dinosaurs to defend, for an exciting battle. Otherwise they'd just make mincemeat out of the furry things.

  8. Dogs get my vote. After all, dinosaurs are extinct but dogs are still "man's best friend." Glenda from
    Evolving English Teacher

  9. IMO, the furries (including Gorilla) should defend the castle.

  10. Dinosaurs are always the right answer!

  11. It would be really cute and loveable to have the furries defend the castle! :)
    PS: If you could, do leave the link to the first post in every post and then a link for the subsequent chapter in every post so people like me can read the entire story whichever chapter they land on! I would love to read the whole thing. Hope it's ok!

    Deepa’s Kaleidoscope

  12. Dinosaurs!!!! So fun!!!

  13. Dinosaurs, of course!

  14. It's plastic against fur, stuffing and Kong! Let's hope Andy doesn't play with matches. Kong on the Turret and the hounds at the gates...that's my battle plan!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  15. What a net ideal and something I might start with my son Charlie who is 8 and in Home-school as it would make his Creative Writing class unique and different. And he might not be as bored.

  16. Dinosaurs! Like there'd be any other choice. ;)

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  17. Great theme. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

  18. Since castles are more related to tales of old 'Dinosaurs' seems a more likely choice! Thanks AJ



  19. I am enjoying your theme! I am late but my guess would have been the dinosaurs too!


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