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Trouble

The Great Gnome Tug-o-War

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The Great Gnome--------
----------Tug-o-War!


With the sun shining on Crystal Fountain Park, and the Big Humans agreeing to let the gnomes have some fun with the Tiny Humans in the last days before the park and school became quiet once again, Trouble was waiting impatiently underneath one of the benches in the play park with a coil of rope next to him. Soon the Tiny Humans would be released from their imprisonment in the building and released to play tug of war. He heard the door of the school open and he shot out from under the bench to his sister with the rope in hand. "Me win!" he declared, nodding sagely. If the Tiny Humans had any sense, they'd be on his side, because who would side with a girl?

McRobbie had said yes, and the next thing Puddle knew the Big Humans, the Tiny Humans, and the little gnome were all trooping outside to start the tug-o-war. Trouble had kept his end of the deal and greeted them with the rope, Puddle lead them to a nice clear patch of grass, perfect for games, and McRobbie laid down a line for them to tug the rope over to win. Everything was set, they just needed the teams. "No, me!" she screeched at her brother, trying to encourage the Tiny Humans to take her side. This was for glory!

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The Rules:

  • Participants will be split into two teams, Puddle's team (#cd6889) and Trouble's team (#30ad9e).
  • Rounds will last for 24 hours. Team members must post a roleplay of at least 100 words during the round. The team with the most valid roleplays will win the round, and the team with the must round wins after seven rounds (or when one team has won outright and the other cannot catch up) will win the game.
  • An individual may post up to three times per round, but cannot double or triple post. An exception will be made if no one has posted in 12 hours.
  • All roleplays must be in the team colour in order to be considered valid. Spectator posts in black are welcomed.

The Teams:

 

Team Puddle (#cd6889)

Veronica Dursley

River Wolfe

Summer MacLeod

Casper Abernathy

Nyxie River-Bailey

Jacqueline Golden-Keisi

Anderson Potter

Griffin Finnigan

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Team Trouble (#30ad9e)

Terrence Grandchester

Edie Lambert

Lindy Rose

Ignatia Fay

Rani Rao

Caprica Delacroix

Hamish Lundy

Elliot Hartmeyer

Ryan Alterton

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Round 1 starts now!


Edited by Puddle
Adding a missed name!

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Anderson hadn’t been paying much attention to the setting up of the game because he’d been distracted by the gnomes so when he was suddenly on one side, hands on some rope, he didn’t know what to do. Then it began. His team started to pull the rope so he did the same. He wasn’t the strongest child in the world but he was sure he was making some kind of difference. Perhaps he was tricking himself into believing that so he didn’t feel insignificant. He could feel the other team was putting up a good fight so he tried pulling harder. The rope burned his hands and he had a thought to let go but he pushed through. If he let go, his team would surely lose.

 

[WC: 128]

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post #1 ☆ wc: 119

 

Lindy was nothing if not an excitable child. She loved games and competitions and she was the kind of person who held on until the end of the game. It was the way life worked in the Corelli-Rose home: you simply didn't give up because something was hard. You powered through until failure was irreversible or you succeeded. 

 

It was a pretty solid lifestyle, really. "Yeah, Trouble, that's right, we'll win!" she said excitedly, giving the other team a grin. "Good luck, guys!" she shouted before grabbing the rope and pulling as hard as she could. Despite the competitive streak in her bones, she wanted everyone to play a good game and have fun. Otherwise, why keep playing, y'know?

 


Edited by Lindy Rose

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The sun was warm on Elliot's neck, sweat had begun to pool there as she stood awaiting the start of this 'game'. Ha, game. All of these people were in for a rude awakening when they realize that this was no game at all. At least not to her. The rope was rough against her palms as she picked up the tail end of her team's side. Wrapping it around her hand a few times for added support.

 

Was one of her team members wishing the other team luck? Did she not know how competitions were supposed to work? You didn't support the enemy! "Lindy, no. No luck." She responded, before pulling the rope towards her as hard as she could.

 

post #1 || WC: 121

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casper was hardly a model team player. he preferred activities where he only needed to worry about himself reaching victory. now, he had to depend on his whole team to win, and boy did he want to win. competition flowed through his veins, lighting a fire in his soul and prompting him to pull harder.

 

he supposed this was the moment where a teammate would offer words of encouragement to keep the team morale up. an inspiring speech might help everyone forget the burn of the rope against their hands, no doubt creating blisters.

 

------ except, casper didn't know what to say (more importantly, he didn't want to say anything) so he settled for just pulling the rope.

 

117 words.


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post #2 ☆ wc: 11post #1 ☆ wc: 129

 

Lindy tilted her head in confusion when her teammate said that she couldn't wish the other team luck. "Oh. How come? There's plenty of luck to go around!" At least, that's what she had always believed. Her parents had certainly never told her otherwise. Maybe they were wrong, which meant she was wrong. She hoped she wasn't, though, because not having enough luck for everyone would be all sorts of devastating to the young girl. It was more fun if everyone was on the same playing field. That's why rules were important, obviously. 

 

She wrinkled her nose as the other team tugged and the rope made her skin sting a little. "We have to do better," she said, mostly under her breath, before tugging at the rope even more. 

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Deciding to place himself in the very front of his team's side, Fin had been waiting; nibbling little bits of dead skin off his chapped lips in anticipation, until the moment he felt the first tug in the opposite direction.  Planting his heels into the grass and leaning his entire body's weight backwards, the eleven year old repeatedly yanked vigorously towards his torso.

 

 The boy known for usually being boisterous and friendly had a bit of a competitive side to him, as he began spewing a bit of friendly trash talk and attempting to distract all nine of his opponents who stood just before him.  "You should see how ridiculous all your faces look!"  he grunted to his oppenets a bit distortedly.  "How am I supposed to concentrate when it looks like you're all about to poop your pants!" He shouted while holding back a bit of hysterical laughter

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No. There was not enough luck to go around. Luck was a precious commodity that had to be traded in very significant deals. Handing it out all willy nilly like that was how you depreciated it's value! How could someone not know this?

 

In the midst of her astonishment, the rope she'd wrapped around her palm was jerked forward. Thus she was pulled with it.

 

It took a few moments for her to regain her footing, she dug the heels of her shoes into the soft ground beneath her feet. That should give her some leverage. Her shoulder would ache in the morning, but winning was far more important than her physical limitations. "Everyone needs to pull together!" She shouted at her teammates, as always she'd have to be the leader.

 

post #2 || WC: 131

 

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Sonny didn’t know everyone on his team but he didn’t think that mattered. At the moment, they all had a common goal. And despite disliking Veronica and her disliking him, he thought that they could work together in an attempt to win. He stared down the rope at the other team, thinking about ways they could get ahead. He had never played this game, though, so strategy was lost on him. Instead, he concentrated on pulling the rope and trying to move his feet backwards so that his team was getting closer to a win. He continued to ignore the burning of his palms and fingers so that he wouldn’t let go.

 

[WC: 112]

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Veronica Sue Dursley didn't like magic. She didn't like magical creatures. She didn't like witches and she didn't like wizards, but there she was standing in line after signing up for tug of war. She couldn't understand exactly why she was willing to do this, but she strolled in towards the people and realized everyone on her team was well, The Worst™.

 

Oh boy. There was River. That boy had been something else when they had met in Diagon Alley and he basically assumed they were the best of friends. Yeah, that was never gonna happen. She walked towards them, eyeing the ginger and feeling that he had a secret, but she had made a pact that she would keep it.


"I'm gonna say this once. I'm in charge, capisce?"

 

WC: 130

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Still pulling his hardest and feeling his knees quiver, Fin began to get nervous of his teams effort.  He felt as though he was solely responsible for the outcome of this match and was trying his damnedest to make sure that they came out victorious.  His eyes began to bounce around, hoping to find or notice something he could use to his teams advantage.  Nothing, all he could take note of was the grass on the ground and the nine other student's faces who we're synchronized in the same expression.  

 

Being the resourceful fool he was, Fin let go momentarily of the rope with his left arm and swiftly swung it towards the ground while bending his knees.  Gripping a handful of grass between his fingers and pulling them up to his mouth, he blew intently as a small barrage of grass drifted towards his opponents faces.  

 

{ WC: 147 / Post #2 }

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(WC: 158, Post 1)

 

At first Rani stood in the middle of the pack, holding the rope limply and looking lost. Now what? And then the pulling started. A small squeal came out before she could stop it and she started pulling too. Was this as hard as she could pull? She wasn't sure, she didn't usually do much pulling. But she had the vague feeling that she was going to have to be helpful somehow if they were going to win and it probably wasn't going to be with strength.

 

"Um, maybe it would help if we counted? Or said 'heave ho' or something?" she said quietly to the kid in the back who was shouting at them to pull together. She was perfectly happy to leave the shouting to someone else. She sneezed suddenly as a blade of grass flew past her nose and almost lost her grip on the rope. Merlin, that had been close. Hopefully nobody had noticed.


Edited by Rani Rao

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Everyone was a mess and she had no idea how she had gotten so unlucky. She had been unlucky in many things, but she would definitely have to turn this around and make the team the strong one; place them on her shoulders. The truth of the matter was she hated the fact that they could lose and quite frankly she stared back at the boy who had let go of the rope and was only holding on to with with one arm.

 

"Hey. PULL YOUR WEIGHT, you understand? This is not a game."

 

Why had she just started taking this so seriously?

 

post 2, word count: 103

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This was really happening!  they were playing tug-o-warand to make things better, his friends were on the same team he was on!  But they were also on the other team,  truly, this was a dilemma he wanted to be on both teams but he was only allowed to be on one.  As the game started, River walked to his team's side as Vernie came too.  The boy beamed as Vernie asserted herself as the groups captain.  "Whoa!"  The boy showed with enthusiasm, "You'd make a great leader!"  He reassured the girl.  "In fact, you can be in charge of the grass, because we're going to mow the other team!"  

 

Smack talk, he had it.

 

Grabbing the rope while standing behind his best friend, River watched as he attempted to distract the other team.  Letting go of the rope, and extending his arm, River flicked the back of Fin's ear hard enough to hear a snap.  "Fin!  That's not how you distract other team!"

 

WC: 163, Post #1


Edited by River Wolfe
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A wide smile was plastered across Griffin's face as he noticed one of the students had sneezed on the opposing side, It wasn't a big victory or anything but he felt accomplished in even the slightest distraction of the other team.  His time of rejoicing was cut short as he heard one of his teammate's yell at him for letting go as another flicked the back of his earlobe.  Fin shook his head and turned it over his shoulder while still pulling his weight backwards.  "Actually... this is a game, and did you see that sneeze over there!? Yeah, all me; you're welcome." he boasted playfully to the girl yelling his direction.  Turning his head back towards the other team, he projected loud enough for those behind him to hear "...And River, I'm going to give you the biggest wedgie when this round is over for that!"

 

Although Fin thought his antics we're a positive contribution in what was seeming to be a stalemate, he decided to focus the rest of his attention on just gripping the rope and pulling towards himself as hard as he could; giving the shenanigans a rest...at least for this round.       

 

{ WC: 196 / Post # 3 }

 

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Okay, no. This was not allowed to happen. The other team was not allowed to be pulling ahead by, ya know, quite literally pulling. The rope had begun to dig into her hand from where it had been tightly wound; allowing it to stay like that much longer would probably land her with more than blisters. 

 

Elliot unbound her hand, letting the excess fall to the ground. With the pressure off it was less painful, but much harder to keep a decent grip on the thing. The rope began to slide through her hands both turning red from the force she was exerting. "Does someone want to start counting?" She asked, her voice raised, "I would but I'm busy carrying this team."

 

post #3 || WC: 122

 

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(WC: 133, Post 2)

 

She was pretty sure she heard Fin saying something about a 'sneeze' and he'd definitely, probably, maybe looked in her direction. Of course someone had noticed. Her luck was never that good. "I didn't sneeze!" she tried to say calmly, but it came out as more of a frantic squeak. "I was just, um... coughing?" How that was any better than sneezing, she wasn't sure. Why she felt so desperate to convince everyone she hadn't sneezed, she wasn't sure either. It wasn't like she had ever actually let go of the rope, she just almost did. "Yeah, um, someone should count!" she chimed in a little more quietly. Someone who wasn't her and didn't squeak when they tried to yell. Counting sounded like a big responsibility and Rani was not ready for that.

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River Smiled at his friend who threatened him with a wedgie,  "Oh!"  The boy smiled  "Is that a backwards hug?" He chimed in with the other's response.  But of course this game wasn't going to win itself as River noticed that the other team was lacking in strength as his team was, so surely they were not going to miss one person, or two, right?

 

Tapping his friends shoulder and leaning in, River whispered into Fin's ear as he had a plan.  Sneaking away, and hopefully Griffin was following him.

 

Now, hiding behind a tree on the other team's side, River crept down to the nearest person to him which happened to be Hamish, River grabbed the boy's trousers and swiftly pulled them down.  Giggling to himself uncontrollably, he quickly ran away only to trip over himself shortly after.

 

WC:154, Post #2

 

 

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Honestly, it had taken a few minutes for Edie to realise that the game had started. She had been chatting excitedly with classmates in the corner of the park, clustered around a glossy magazine like the ones her sisters read. Except, of course, this one was magic. The pictures moved and the small group of girls would giggle when the heartthrob-of-the-month winked at them.

 

The giggles were interrupted by grunts from the other side of the park, then Edie leapt to her feet. "Oh… actually I think I'm meant to be doing that," she said in a quick apology, quickly tying a loose bootlace before she sprinted to the tug-o-war, her teammates already beginning to huff and puff without her.

 

"Sorry," she elbowed her way into a gap and began to pull just as hard as her scrawny arms would let her.

Post #1 | WC: 142


Edited by Edie Lambert

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JJ understood the idea of a "team" and so she had been standing there, pulling her section of rope and digging her heels in. JJ really wasn't all that into tug-o-war, but she definitely didn't want to be the reason her team lost.  However, it was difficult for her to remain focused given the interactions between her teammates. Clearly, many of them were already acquainted. 

 

One of the girls had taken charge of the team, but she wasn't doing all that well, at least by JJ's standards. One of the boys (had someone referred to him as Fin?) had sabotaged the other team with grass, and another one (had someone called him River?) was abandoning his post. 

 

But JJ didn't speak a word to any of them, not yet. She was too busy pulling on the rope and observing. Perhaps once she had her bearings, she would make herself known.

 

{{ Post #1, 150 words }}

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Nyxie sighed, annoyed. Why had she signed up for this again? Snapping at whoever would listen, she shouted, "Come on! Don't let them win!" Nudging JJ, who was in front of her, she muttered, "Vernie isn't doing such a good job at leading this team, is she?" She held the rope tightly, digging her feet into the ground, she hollered loudly, "Come on! ONE!" a pause as she tugs on the rope. "TWO!" Cue the tugging and moving baby steps behind. "THREE!" She let out a ragged gasp for air as she pulled back.

 

Glaring at River, she let out an angry bark. "River! Get back here!" Rubbing her face, she sighed loudly. "I know I may seem bossy, but I want to win." Her eyes became steely and narrowed as she continued to bark numbers.

 

Post #1

WC: 136 words.

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The girl behind her seemed to agree with JJ's thoughts, and JJ snorted in response. "Not really," she whispered back over her shoulder, trying to keep her voice low so as to avoid a confrontation with the Vernie girl who was their (incompetent) leader.

 

But then the mystery girl also started giving orders and JJ had to stifle a sigh. It seemed to JJ that their team did not want a leader, and that some of the kids had no intention to listen. As much as JJ wanted the team to do well, she didn't have an idea to bring them all together - and until she did, she thought it was better simply not to intervene.

 

So, she did what she could and kept pulling on the rope with all the strength a little eleven-year-old could muster. 

 

{{ Post #2, 138 words }}

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He was being yelled at by his own teammates, clearly this was not the start to a good game. On the other hand however, it would seem the hi-jinx had just began.  Hearing Nyxie call for him, River looked up from his crash sight and began to run back to his team.

 

Stabding behind Fin once more, he grabbed the rope once more and gave it a good tug!  "Guys, we're doing it!"  He beamed before flicking Fin's ear again.  

 

"Fin!  I want that wedgie!"  He proclaimed, still thinking that it was just a backwards hug.   Reaching behind Fin'a other ear and flicking it once again he continued to smile.

 

WC:110, Post #1


Edited by River Wolfe

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"Yeah, counting!" Edie heard one of her teammates pipe up with an idea that was sure to win them the battle. "Then we could all pull on three," she added to the suggestion, although she was also quite keen to not actually be the one in charge. Responsibility was not something that sat well with Edie, it tended to lead to trouble. She'd been in charge of dispensing ice lollies to her schoolmates on Sports Day once, and had forgotten until she found the melted pile of sticky goo under a pile of bean bags.

 

Needless to say, she hadn't been asked to take charge again.

 

Post #2 | WC: 106

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