TWO 

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Now

Aigbe smiled callously as he watched Esosa tumble backwards onto the floor. He thought to himself that she quite looked like a fish out of water – flailing about, reaching for support that would not be forthcoming. His smile very quickly evolved into a cruel laugh as he watched the back of her head crash onto the cold, tiled floor with a sickening, wet sound. Leaping astride her semi-conscious body, he rained three solid blows onto her torso, working his way from her lower ribcage to her sternum. She yelped, shook and choked with each blow, unable to fight back.

“You are the one that will die, not me, Stupid Harlot!”

He spat into her face as the last blow landed and she choked violently, jerking with the impact of the blow and recoiling from the glob of projectile spittle that had hit her face.

“You!  Are! A! Mad! Dirty! Prostitute!”

Each word was punctuated by a slap that sent waves of pain coursing through Esosa’s head. She could barely speak or shout or scream in protest, much less move. She felt herself start to slip into a numb blackness but she tried to hold on.  Aigbe wrapped his hands around her neck and muttered.

“Witch! Harlot! Your plan has failed!”

Esosa closed her eyes and let the numbing darkness take her as her husband choked the remaining life from her, his wedding ring pressing against her carotid artery.

2 hours earlier

Esosa smiled to herself as she poured the brown powder into the bottle of Merlot. She re-corked it and shook it violently until the powder began to dissolve. She knew Aigbe was already on his way home…

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Why would a husband try to kill his wife? Is Aigbe just an evil villain or a man exacting revenge? What was Esosa pouring into his wine? What could have happened to this couple 2 days ago, 2 months ago, 2 years ago… that got them to this point? Are you wondering how the story ends? Good. Because you’ll be ending it yourself. Welcome to ‘TWO’. TNCng’s first open post competition and a lead-in to the next instalment of The Writer competition.

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So how does this work?

1) You have to conclude the story, picking up where we left off and explaining what could have possibly happened in time shifts of 2. Describe events 2 hours earlier, 2 days earlier, 2 months earlier and 2 years earlier, in that order, and in so doing, conclude the story. You are to construct a logical and interesting story leading up to and tying-in to these events above.

2) You will have to complete the story in 1200 words or less.

3) Upload the completed story on your website/blog (or any other website/blog you have access to) with an introduction citing TNC as the source and include a link to this post in the introduction to your story.

4) Come back to this post and leave a comment with your name, the number of words in your story, where you heard of the competition and a link to the blog/website you have uploaded it to. (You might want to bookmark this post so you can easily come back to it)

5) The time allowed is 3 months. Make your submission by commenting on or before Monday, Nov 5th, 2012. All comments entered after this time will not be considered.

If any of the above rules are not followed correctly, you will not be eligible for the prizes.

Whats in it for you? 

Fun! Obviously. If you are already a blogger/writer, this is a potential story idea. If your’re not, well its a great way to get started. TNCng is all about sharing, stories and expressing yourself and this is an opportunity for you to conclude a creative story whichever way you like. But of course, you know us, we love a good story and so…

There will be three winners…

1st Place

– You will win a wonderful TNC T-shirt from Bandit Co., a copy of Stieg Larsson’s classic book – The girl with the dragon tattoo and Instant qualification for the finals of the 2013 edition of ‘The Writer’ competition where you stand the chance to win up to $1000 (US) in prizes.

2nd Place

–  You will win any book of your choice from www.jumia.com.ng, a $25 iTunes gift card and a T-shirt from Bandit Co.

3rd Place

– You get a wonderful T-shirt from Bandit Co.

So what is the judging criteria for Prizes?

1) Story/Plot (30 points) – Make it as interesting/complex as possible but with no loose ends/plot holes.

2) Style/Tone (20 points) –  Structure, adherence to the established style, etc.

3) Use of Language (20 points) – Grammar, tenses, spelling, punctuation… the technical stuff.

4) Creativity (15 points) – Those little bits that make it special – metaphors, words with significance, etc.

5) Time taken (10 points) – The earlier you submit your entry, the more points you get.

6) References (5 points) – Get your friends in on it too! (You get extra points for every person that says they heard from you in their introduction or comment)

Well, that’s it people! Tell your friends, Start writing and most importantly, have fun!

So what are you waiting for? Let your imagination loose and get writing! EXPRESS YOU!

Comments
  • Yaayyy, off to get the creative juices flowing

    August 6, 2012
  • bii

    1)

    2)

    3)

    4)

    And (5)

    For a tee n thngs??? Naa.

    I’ll give my moral support 2 participants.

    All d best pple!

    August 6, 2012
    • Jemjem

      O lazy gan…

      August 6, 2012
    • sapphire013

      Hahaha

      August 6, 2012
    • my thoughts exactly *activates chair reclining mode and opens a can of crush*. After all, na vacation we dey.

      August 6, 2012
    • thetoolsman

      For $1000?

      August 6, 2012
    • Its actually not just about the prizes. If you have an idea as to how the story could play out, write it down and let us see. And most importantly, have fun.

      August 6, 2012
  • Ayomidotun

    Interesting… TWO!!!

    August 6, 2012
  • Ayomidotun

    But the method of submission is somehow… how do you prevent stealing of ideas and recycling of other post?!

    August 6, 2012
    • sapphire013

      hOw did ur mind even go there?

      August 6, 2012
      • Ayomidotun

        My mind dey work na Lol… Abegi

        August 6, 2012
    • thetoolsman

      We encourage multiple submissions and we also assign points for time of submission. The sooner you submit, the better. Also, the judges will be looking out for 'recycled' ideas…

      August 6, 2012
  • sapphire013

    Hmmmmm I'm not a writer, so I'll sit back relax & b a supporter like @bii & of course also read & enjoy d stories written

    Those of u participating good luck

    August 6, 2012
  • Olatoxic

    Wole. Is. A. Genius.

    August 6, 2012
    • What he said. And a few other adjectives I think I should keep to myself.

      August 12, 2012
      • I'm not going to blush. I'm too Nigerian for that. I will however, say thank you. Both.

        October 31, 2012
  • So_eXclusiv3

    To think I actually wanted to write, den I saw 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & then 6… *whistles softly…oma ga o* I'm #teamMoralSupport to all dem writers
    + I don't even kukuma haff a blog sef

    August 6, 2012
    • thetoolsman

      It'll take you less than 5 minutes to start a blog tho.. and don't let the numbers discourage you.. think of the $1000…

      August 6, 2012
    • sapphire013

      Lmao… I av a blog but writing is d problem not 2 talk of completing a story… #teamMoralsupport to d writers Jare…

      August 6, 2012
  • Marilyn

    Is the deadline Nov 2o12 or 2013?

    August 6, 2012
    • thetoolsman

      Nov 2012.

      August 6, 2012
  • Bimbopee

    LOOOOOL! See all these lazy ppl. I love this! I have already started writin. See you guys in the The Writer finals ^_^. Errrm…so all we have to do is post the link her when we hare finished abi?

    August 6, 2012
    • thetoolsman

      Yes.. leave a comment with your name, the number of words in your story, where you heard of the competition and a link to the blog/website you have uploaded it to.

      August 6, 2012
  • cheshire

    LOL. 1, 2, 3, 4… Abeg, my liver don cut. I'll be reading ans enjoying the stories.

    August 6, 2012
  • Ayomidotun

    I think imma try it out… for the fun of writing!!! Plenty Titans for writing dey out there ooo!

    August 6, 2012
  • teekellz

    Lets see how this goes……

    August 6, 2012
  • sapphire013

    but Can't we read all d writers/competitors stories?

    August 6, 2012
  • My only problem is the 3 month duration.
    My alter ego "Sir Procrastinator" will just have a jolly fanfare.
    Will sha treat it like the theme name & try for two months/two weeks. (Y)

    p.s Awesome jobs guys, buh guess y'all already know.

    August 6, 2012
  • janusaneni

    bt these criteria sha..smh..wil try and write this by next week, but like Sir Procastinator ryt above here, i'm nt so sure abt dat..and yh, great job givin me anothr chance at The Writer..

    August 7, 2012
  • s_Hotzs

    Hmmmmm……….. Damn you Wole, i already reclined on my seat waiting to have a jolly good read when it ended, now i ahe to write the story… MEANY, will try though, not for the money or isssh but for the fun. i love me creative challenges.

    August 7, 2012
  • dustyemz

    Anything on 2 weeks too?

    August 8, 2012
  • Very interesting!!

    August 9, 2012
  • iamfascinating

    cant wait!

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    August 10, 2012
  • vixenpixie

    I've never been good at competitions. i'LL totally overthink it, over analyze it, then start crying like a big baby. I dont think i'm that good a writer anyway but… maybe…

    August 10, 2012
  • _Mzfay

    Loool 1200 words?? Errrr… I will try buh thats a twisted story there

    August 10, 2012
  • Phyrdausi

    can't do this. 🙁

    August 10, 2012
  • Love this! Looking forward to reading the stories 🙂

    August 10, 2012
    • I look forward to reading yours.

      August 10, 2012
      • Lol mine ke? You'll look far.. when I respect myself.. ( ._.)

        August 10, 2012
        • malota

          Lol you are not serious. I also look forward to reading yours

          August 12, 2012
        • Kayshawy

          You must write o! I'm sure I can import one from your blog, just add timings to it :p

          August 14, 2012
  • rickylino

    August 12, 2012
  • Nyameye

    My name is Nyameye. I first heard of this from @TheRegalNerd, and it sounded like fun! So I gave it a shot. My piece has 1213 words. Here's the link: http://t.co/sGJ9Ie9U

    August 12, 2012
    • thetoolsman

      Thanks for the submission.

      August 13, 2012
  • iamfascinating

    cant wait!

    Clean and Clear Persa Gel clears out acne in weeks; Aztec Indian Clay purifies your pores for awesome skin; Diana Stalder Glutathione soap safely lightens for a glowing skin while Good and Natural Retinol Cream and St.Ives Timeless Collagen Cream is the best anti-aging combo!;now available at http://www.thestunninglady.blogspot.com

    August 13, 2012
  • very interesting……

    August 17, 2012
  • bablo

    I'll soon post mine. I'm tying up a few loose ends, but the bulk of the story is written
    . And in other news, The Toolsman is a bawse. This competition made me think. Thumbs up sir

    August 18, 2012
  • Nono

    Nono here. I completed the story in 1,185 words. I didn't hear of the competition from anyone. I saw the link myself when i did my TNC update round yesterday. Do i get points for that? lol! Here's a link: http://astoldbynono.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/mist

    August 18, 2012
    • baybee

      I absolutely looooovvvveee this version. Nice twist. I love! 🙂

      August 19, 2012
      • Nono

        thank you 🙂

        August 20, 2012
  • Nono

    make that completed in 1193 words. Had to change a few american words to british.

    August 19, 2012
  • Morenike

    Hi, my name is Morenike and I did the story in 1212 words (close enough right? lol). I read about the competition right on here and decided to give it a shot. Here's a link to the post: http://throughhellandhighwaters.blogspot.co.uk/20

    August 21, 2012
  • I’m @qwestmatic and @nyam3y3 told me about this competition. I have 1529 words and here’s the link http://theqwestmatic.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/2-c

    August 28, 2012
  • qwestmatic

    post updated. here’s the link again http://theqwestmatic.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/2-c

    August 28, 2012
    • Thanks for the submission

      August 31, 2012
    • baybee

      I'm confused. In your post, is Emosa supposed to be Esosa and Abiange supposed to be Aigbe?! :s

      September 11, 2012
  • kimeclectic

    I am okaima. I heard about this competition from @Rokhe_E . Here is the link to my piece https://kimeclectic.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/two-

    My piece has 1136 words. Enjoy 🙂

    August 31, 2012
  • dopeheart

    alexandria, 860 words, http:/dopeheart.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/tnc/

    September 2, 2012
  • kimeclectic

    Erm 1200 words 🙂

    September 3, 2012
  • yemi johnson

    I'm Yemi Johnson. I found the competition myself. I have 1225 words and here's the link http://yemiswindow.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/two/ Enjoy

    September 4, 2012
    • Thanks for the submission. It has been accepted.

      October 31, 2012
  • I’ve completed the story. You can read it here; http://t.co/oOjidSHs
    I completed it in 1233 words and I didn’t learn about the competition from anybody; saw it here myself.

    September 6, 2012
  • I’ve completed the story. You can read it here; http://t.co/oOjidSHs

    I completed it in 1233 words and I founf out about the competition myself.

    September 6, 2012
    • Your submission has been entered. Thank you.

      September 7, 2012
  • octooctopus

    Hello! My name is Daniel, @Danonles91. I learnt about the competition from a friend @Angyellikwa and decided to give it a shot. I wrote 1152 words, and here is the link http://octooctopus.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/two-t… Hope its adequate

    September 8, 2012
  • Oyekola

    Imagine that! I saw Nono's post but I didn't understand, I thought she was doing her usual SYTYCT posts.

    If I wasn't so lazy with writing literature, I would join in this contest. Maybe I will. Most likely won't.

    September 10, 2012
  • My name is Joey, was directed to this site by a @TTXIII tweet so I gave the story a shot. The story is at http://bit.ly/O8BJiT Finished it in 1198words.

    September 10, 2012
    • Thanks for submitting your entry. Its been accepted

      🙂

      September 10, 2012
  • Hi, my name is Oyekola. I found out about the competition some 22 hours ago as earlier commented although I already saw it on Nono @RealistXX’s blog but I didn’t read the prelude so I didn’t know of the contest.

    This morning, I decided to jump right in. My fiction is titled “Mate in Two”, I completed it with 1199 more words, and it’s at this blog of mine

    http://falxen.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/mate-in-tw

    Thanks

    September 11, 2012
    • Thanks a lot for the submission. Its in.

      September 11, 2012
  • dbrizio

    Are multiple entries allowed, Or is it an entry per individual? It wasn't stated clearly in the rules, or maybe I missed it.

    September 11, 2012
    • Multiple Entries by the same individual are allowed. But only insofar as each entry follows the rules, i.e.

      1) Each entry must be posted on a separate blog (You cannot post more than one entry on the same blog/site)

      2) Each entry must adhere to the word limits, follow the directions regarding the introduction (links et al) and will be judged by the same criteria.

      September 12, 2012
  • Aloha!! I cannot believe I finally got to this stage *wipes off sweat* well… my name is Taiwo Odutola. I got to read the post firstly through my subscription but my friends @yemijohnson and @damstylee reminded me over and over again… i hope they get the scores…

    The story is 1199 words, but the entire post is 1317 words.

    it’s titled ‘lost words’… and the link to my blog is: http://drunkarcher.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/lost-

    September 13, 2012
    • Thanks for the submission, we hope you enjoyed writing and learned a little, despite the… sweat

      September 13, 2012
  • teekellz

    Hi, I'm Tolu Just finished mine now was referred by @rokhe_e I'm sure she won't be entering though. 😀 Anyway I named mine 'Sweet and Sour' and you can check it out HERE
    The total word count is 1312 that's inclusive of the introductory part. I hope you enjoy reading it.

    September 13, 2012
  • Thanks for the submission. Its in.

    September 14, 2012
  • some people can write o…. good luck peeps

    September 15, 2012
  • EricOmosOsunbor

    Interested, but…do i have to go start up a blog just to participate?…

    plus…wat do u mean by points for early submissions, i just saw this….matter of fact, i'm a newbie

    September 17, 2012
    • You can start a blog if you like. Its very easy.

      If you do not want to do this, you can just post it on any blog you have access to (perhaps a friends blog)

      Points for early submission means that if there is a tie/close call in awarding points, the one that came in earlier will be given precedence.

      September 18, 2012
  • unprofessionalsblog

    My name is Isuma Chidera, I completed this story in 1,199 words bringing to total 1,483 words._I read about this competition on this blog and this is the link to my story, The Last Resort. http://unprofessionalsblog.wordpress.com/2012/09/

    September 27, 2012
  • vescucci

    Hello. My name is Olawale Olayemi. I visited this site cuz it was stuck in my grey matter cache from when I was on twitter. No one in particular asked me to check it out. I finished the story in 1059 words (not including the intro) and here's the link to it http://vescucci.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/breaking

    September 27, 2012
  • *walk of shame* after commenting first and making noise *sigh*

    So my pen name's Sisi Jacobs, and in all the story's 1199 words, I read about the competition here and posted it on http://sisijacobs.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/miscon

    October 2, 2012
    • No need for shame, you completed it in the end. Thanks. It has been accepted.

      October 5, 2012
  • unprofessionalsblog

    uhm, i’m just wondering here, @thealchemist has my entry been accepted.

    October 2, 2012
    • Yes, I did respond saying so

      October 5, 2012
      • unprofessionalsblog

        Thank You.

        October 11, 2012
  • 1mpr3s4r10

    My Name is Raymond Ofagbor.. I greet all of una with plenty respect.. I saw the competition here and directed myself to it so 2 points for me abi? I completed the story (me too I cant believe it) in 1197 words.. i think. – The real number cant be too far. The link to my efforts – http://1mpres4rio.blogspot.com/2012/10/reporting-…?

    October 8, 2012
    • Please include a 'link' to this TNC post (not an ordinary url as you currently have).

      October 8, 2012
  • 1mpr3s4r10

    okay I think I got it this time.. Once again My Name is Raymond Ofagbor.. My entry is 1197 words full and I heard about the competition here.. The link to my story is – http://j.mp/Q94MFf

    October 8, 2012
    • Yes, you have 🙂

      Thanks. Your entry has now been accepted.

      October 9, 2012
  • Oparah Johnpaul

    I am Oparah John-Paul i used 954 words in my story i heard of this from Marilyn Eshikena heres the link to my blog http://oparahjohnpaul.blogspot.com/b/post-preview

    October 9, 2012
    • Please include a 'link' to this post (not an ordinary url as you currently have) in your introduction.

      October 9, 2012
      • Oparah Johnpaul

        @ the alchemist have done that please lemme know if it has been accepted

        October 10, 2012
  • Oparah Johnpaul

    Okay, I am Oparah John-Paul i used 954 words in my story i heard of this from Marilyn Eshikena heres the link to my blog http://oparahjohnpaul.blogspot.com/2012/10/source

    October 10, 2012
    • Yes. It meets all the criteria now. Thanks. The entry has been accepted.

      October 10, 2012
  • Just heard about this and I’m glad the closing date is not until November. As a new blogger, would def give it a trial.

    October 10, 2012
  • 'm Tessa
    I haven't written yet but this is my blog: http://www.awomanofsubstanceandcharacter.blogspot.com

    October 13, 2012
  • Name’s Lucia I completed the story in 1134 words. http://luchea.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/two got the link from a friend,Douye Fufeyin. Writing this was fun.

    October 15, 2012
    • Hi Lucia. Glad you enjoyed writing this. Now please include a 'link' to this TNC post (not an ordinary url as you currently have) in your introduction to ensure it is accepted..

      October 15, 2012
  • Hi, my name’s Bilkisses. Read about the competition from Tolu’s blog. Completed mine in 1185 words and the link is TwoShadesOfLove —–> https://t.co/b0sKkfAL Feels great to be involved.

    October 21, 2012
    • Please include a 'link' to this TNC post (not an ordinary url as you currently have) in your introduction before the entry can be accepted.

      November 2, 2012
      • bilkisses

        I hope this entry will be accepted now. My name is Bilkisses and i completed mine in 1183 words. http://bilkisses.wordpress.com/2012/10/20/two-sha… Thanks.

        October 31, 2012
        • Unfortunately, we cannot accept it just yet. Your 'link' is a circular reference back to your own post and not this one as instructed. Please correct this and comment again before November 5.

          October 31, 2012
      • ooopsie… my bad. This is my link now http://bilkisses.wordpress.com/ *covers face* Completed in 1183 words and titled “Two shades of love”. Please accept my entry now. *deep sigh*

        October 31, 2012
  • hrh7

    My name is Jennifer. I finished the story in 1252 words( minus the pre- written introduction of 280 words). No one told me about the competion. I found out about it for myself. Here's the link: http://inbetweenpeople.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/p

    October 23, 2012
  • Chloe

    My name is Chloe. i heard of the competition through a friend Raymond 1mpres4rio.blogspot.com . I finished the story at approximately 1100 words. You can view the remaining part in the following link to my blog. http://jchloe.blogspot.ca/ or http://jchloe.blogspot.com/2012/10/two.html

    The title is "NOW".

    October 24, 2012
  • doteroms

    Name is Dorothy, story is 1,277 words, heard about the competition on the TNC website. This is the link to my blog: http://doteroms.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/the-sile

    November 1, 2012
    • Thanks for the entry, it has been accepted.

      November 1, 2012
  • ranchosblog

    Hi. My name is Tolu (@tolubablo). I read about the competition on this page back when it started. However, due to me juggling a lot of commitments, I haven't been able to post till now. But hey, better late than never, no?

    I completed my story in 1,188 words. The link is http://ranchosblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/rever

    I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Don't forget to subscribe to the blog. Adios, mis amigos. Hasta luego.

    November 2, 2012
    • Gracias por la sumicion. It has been accepted.

      November 2, 2012
  • Olu Cole

    Hi, i'm Olufunmi. Got to know about this competition from your tweet about it two months back. But i didn't have time to enter. Then some days ago i got to know, also from a tweet of yours that the competition was still open. So i decided to get involved. I completed my story in 1,233 words ( excluding my introduction and the pre-written part). it's titled "The Rippling Effect". Here's the link http://doeminoe.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/the-ripp
    I really do hope you enjoy it :). Would also like to know if my entry has been accepted.
    Thanks

    November 2, 2012
  • Hi, @thealchemist. I just wanna know if my entry has been accepted.

    November 2, 2012
    • Olu Cole

      Hello. I've made the correction. Would like to know if it has been accepted. Thanks

      November 2, 2012
      • Thanks. Your submission has been accepted.

        November 2, 2012
  • I just saw the message today and I have included the tnc link, please let me know if my entry has been accepted. Thanks.

    November 2, 2012
  • Hello! My name is Amanda Iheme. I got to know about this competition a few days back when I saw TNC tweet the links to already written ones.

    I completed my story with 1149 words (excluding the Introduction and the part written by your team)

    It is titled One…TWO…Tears and this is the link:
    http://olorisupergal.com/2012/11/two

    Enjoy! A confirmation of acceptance would be great! 😀

    November 2, 2012
    • I can confirm that your entry has been accepted. Thanks.

      November 2, 2012
  • afedziba

    ahaa this is the page I was looking for, just want to say this is a really great opportunity for writers to explore their talents, even if not to win, to have a great time. I've certainly enjoyed reading, commenting and rating.
    And just by the way, i've narrowed it down myself to 2 people, if one of them doesn't win…The Alchemist, competition organisers and judges…I shall be back to ask questions.
    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to allow everyone to participate in your competitions, ur awesome!

    January 28, 2013
    • LOL, such things are always subjective which is why we have 3 separate judges as well as a 10% contribution from the audience to decide the winner. you can be sure the result will reflect the numbers accurately.

      Thank you for reading and commenting on our top entries. I'm sure you will enjoy the upcoming 'The Writer' competition as a competitor reader, commenter or perhaps all three. Cheers

      January 28, 2013
  • afedziba

    yes to all three, will be waiting for the results for this one cheers!

    January 28, 2013
  • Those are great suggestions! I do have a 3-fold screen I can try to use as a consistent background (in fact, I used to use that in other videos) but I also like the idea of people being able to do EXACTLY what you did. Whenever I watch a video I like to see the office, see how it's put together… especially what's on their Whiteboard. 🙂 I'll probably do a combination of both and see how it goes. Thanks again for the feedback!

    July 23, 2013
  • I always spent my half an hour to read this weblog’s articles or reviews all the time
    along with a mug of coffee.

    July 15, 2015
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