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I am in charge of the Weekend Challenge this last relatively warm (here in PA at least) weekend in January and I decided we needed another round of quotes from detective/ film noir movies-WOO HOO!!

Classic film noir are filled with hard-boiled dialogue which is the literary equivalent of a quick punch to the gut.  Here’s an example:  “You ever cross me again, or look like it, I’ll bury you. Now beat it.” These hard-boiled lines come from the mind of tough-guy private investigator Philip Marlowe, which is to say from author Raymond Chandler.  The characters in film noir are all morally gray and you're never sure if the hero isn’t actually the villain or that the villain might turn out to be right in the end.

Now if you want to go along for this ride, load your gat, put on your gumshoes, and join me in the drizzly, treacherous world of noir.

Choose a number between 1 and 45 and I will give you a famous film noir line.  For example:  “"She tried to sit in my lap while I was still standing.”

See what I mean by a punch to the gut :):)   I hope this craziness inspires you, so please be as creative as you can--drabbles/fics can be as long as you want but at least 200 words and you can do any sort of art work the spirit moves you    Just post your work by Thursday night at 11:59pm EST, and you'll be golden.  Lastly, HAVE FUN!!!

I am not creative in any way with artwork, so if you want an icon, I will have to ask for help, but I can give you a drabble or add to my WIP.  My fandoms are:  RDJ's Sherlock Holmes, BBC Sherlock, Elementary, Game of Thrones, Supergirl, The Flash, Hawaii Five-0, Pretty Little Liars, Fringe, Alias, Hannibal, Veronica Mars, Wonder Woman, Smallville, Buffy and Angel, X-Men First Class and Star Trek 2009 Reboot movies)


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Jan. 26th, 2018 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'll say #10...
and if there's spares, I'll go with 15 too.

I have words to make this weekend (I hope) so need some pushes :)
Jan. 26th, 2018 04:08 pm (UTC)
Woo Hoo, my first victim :):) Your two prompts:

10. "She had bad news written on her like October of '29."

15. “I was doing a cheap sneaky job for people I didn't like, but that's what you hire out for, chum. They pay the bills, you dig the dirt.”

Good luck :):)

Edited at 2018-01-26 04:09 pm (UTC)
Feb. 26th, 2018 07:12 pm (UTC)
did a short scene for the #10 prompt (and another) with David Haller. no spoilers or warnings necessary. hopefully I'll work in the #15 prompt too :)


Lenny had bad news written all over her like October of ’29.

Where that line came from, David didn’t know, but it was the first words that crossed his mind when her laughter filtered into his head like a hurricane from somewhere beyond the confines that held him kept him trapped in darkness. He hated it here, in this place of sensory deprivation only occasionally punctured by Lenny’s laughter or the flashes…the sounds and sights and smells…of destruction and death that kept him constantly frightened, constantly sick.

Once or twice he had heard the baying of a wolf, but as that made no more sense to him than any of the rest of this did, the howls had been pushed out of his head.

If he found his way clear of his madness, if he ever found refuge in himself, he was never going off his meds again. He would be happy to have the snowstorm of chaos in his head, no matter how light, over and done with.

‘You can get out of here,’ a voice said. His voice…but not…a rational sounding voice with a British accent that was not his own.

“I can’t…”

“Think about it. How long have you been here?”

“I don’t know…”

“Yes…you do. Think.”

He tried. Each little snippet of memory…one act of destruction after another, came too far apart to be a single day…and yet too close together to be ‘forever’ as he often felt. He had not starved to death…though he could not recall eating since being trapped here…which also suggested he could not have been here as long as he believed…and yet there had been no hunger pangs. He touched his cheeks, his chin, and found no trace of facial hair.

It suggested he had been here less than a few days.

And yet he knew he had been here longer than that. He just…knew it.

“If this was real…really real…I’d be hungry…thirsty…hell, I’d need a bathroom,” David scoffed. So if it wasn’t real…if this was all somehow in his head…all a delusion, a product of his disease…then all he had to do was realize that and will himself out of this black pit…

…a laugh…but not Lenny’s…reverberated around him like nails thundering in a metal bucket.

He cringed, clutched his head between his hands, and as it threatened to deafen him, he screamed.
May. 10th, 2018 03:18 pm (UTC)
Again, I somehow missed this the first time you posted--this ficlet had a cool menacing quality to it--nicely done :):)
May. 10th, 2018 04:04 pm (UTC)
thanks :) and no worries, I miss things...save them for later and then lose them, etc.
It happens ;)
Jan. 26th, 2018 04:02 pm (UTC)

32, please
Jan. 26th, 2018 04:09 pm (UTC)
I hope the Marlowe fan enjoys this:

32. “Some days I feel like playing it smooth. Some days I feel like playing it like a waffle iron.”

Good luck :):)
Jan. 26th, 2018 04:15 pm (UTC)
13, please.
Jan. 26th, 2018 04:19 pm (UTC)
Your prompt:

13. “Guns never settle anything. They are just a fast curtain to a bad second act."

Good luck :):)
Jan. 26th, 2018 04:42 pm (UTC)
17, please!
Jan. 26th, 2018 04:46 pm (UTC)
I love this one:

17. “The music gushed from the loudspeaker in a swirl of shadowed melody. Since Vienna died, all waltzes are shadowed. “

Good luck :):)
Jan. 26th, 2018 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hi, there! I'll take #23, please.
Jan. 26th, 2018 06:06 pm (UTC)
Here you go:

23. "Isn’t it a pity? The wrong people always have money."

Good luck :)
Jan. 26th, 2018 07:04 pm (UTC)
Let me have 19 and 21. I need my Bogey fix. :)
Jan. 26th, 2018 07:32 pm (UTC)
Everybody needs more Bogey in their lives :):)

19."Okay Marlowe," I said to myself, ‘You’re a tough guy. You’ve been slapped twice, choked, beaten silly with a gun, shot in the arm until you’re crazy as a couple of waltzing mice. Now let’s see you do something really tough—like putting your pants on."

21. "With my brains and your looks, we could go places."
Jan. 27th, 2018 01:19 am (UTC)
3 and 8 please.
Jan. 27th, 2018 01:26 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I hope this isn't too late for you:

3. "I’m as health conscious as the next guy, as long as the next guy is sitting on a bar stool.”

8. “The corridor had a smell of old carpet and furniture oil and the drab anonymity of a thousand shabby lives.”
Jan. 27th, 2018 02:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds like fun. I'll take #38 please.
Jan. 27th, 2018 05:07 pm (UTC)
It is fun :):)

38. "When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. And it happens we're in the detective business. Well, when one of your organization gets killed, it's-it's bad business to let the killer get away with it, bad all around, bad for every detective everywhere."

Good luck :):)
Jan. 29th, 2018 02:54 am (UTC)
Here's what I came up with.

Untitled OZ Noir Piece - 327 words (it's the HBO prison drama, not the one with Dorothy, so some of the language is not G-rated)
Jan. 29th, 2018 01:58 pm (UTC)
Excellent work--what would you like as a reward?
Jan. 30th, 2018 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you!

If you want to add a few words to a WIP, that would be great!
Jan. 27th, 2018 02:27 pm (UTC)
#16 please.
Jan. 27th, 2018 05:08 pm (UTC)
Here you are:):)

16. “You know who they are?” He said softly. “I could maybe give nine guesses. And twelve of them would be right.”

Good luck :):)
Jan. 28th, 2018 07:50 pm (UTC)
Oops, I totally missed this when it went up!

Could I have 26 and 7 please? Thank you!
Jan. 28th, 2018 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found it :):)

7. "Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. “

26. "You'll always be a two-bit chump. And when they pick you up in the gutter, dead, you're hand'll be in a drunk's pocket."

Good luck :):)
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