Betrayal takes many forms. A snide comment from a former friend can feel as cutting as a knife in the back. Or, if you’re Jessica, a stake to the chest.
In Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (which you can start reading for a limited time here on Figment), Jessica is a fledgling vampire who keeps dreaming of wooden stakes–a sure sign of imminent betrayal, she’s told. The timing could be better. After all, Jessica has just discovered that she is a vampire and a princess, and recently sealed an alliance between two ancient lines of feuding vampires. And she’s just married Lucius, the scion of her family’s enemies, and moved into his castle. AND, when a powerful vampire elder is murdered, Lucius is the one blamed. He’s the only one who understands her–just months ago, Jessica was attending Woodrow Wilson High School as a teenage human–and he’s been taken away from her.
Are Jessica’s ominous visions of disaster bound to come true? Are dreams of betrayal self-fulfilling prophesies?
Your challenge, in 2,000 words or fewer, is to write a story that contains a dream or a nightmare. Does it come true? Is it a prophesy? Or is it a reoccurring fantasy about Colin Firth dressing up like Mr. Darcy and deciding he wants nothing more than to settle down in a nice, tiny, three-bedroom apartment on the wrong side of 1st Avenue in New York City? Your call.
How To Enter:
1. Read the full rules here.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing. Your entry must be 2,000 words or fewer.
4. Tag that writing with darksidecontest on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
You have until January 25, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your story. Voting will run until February 1, 2012 at 11:59PM EST. The ten most-hearted stories at that point will be sent to Beth Fantaskey, who will choose the winners. The first place winner will receive a copy of Jessica Rules the Dark Side, a Figment tote, and retractable vampire fangs (I know, right?!). Second place winner will receive a copy of Jessica Rules the Dark Side and an “I Heart Vampires” pin. Third prize winner will receive a copy of Jessica Rules the Dark Side.