Originally Posted by Percival
I just discovered this thread. Maybe too late to ask... did anyone understand my entry at all? It was:
I thought I had understood it when I first read it last month. In fact, I liked it. I frequently don't get the details of most entries, so my approach is that I simply try to get the gist of things and leave it at that. If I don't understand the details, it's usually my own stupidity so I don't get hung up on it.
And now that I read your story again, I still don't get it. The gist (i.e. that the audience is an unwilling participant in the horrific climax) is fine; it's the other parts that I'm confused about. Who are the two people talking? Is one of the speakers the monster, itself? And I still don't get the "She won't fire it." part. I know you said you had originally planned it to be, "She won't fire him." but that doesn't make it clearer for me (told you I was thick...). Who won't fire who, exactly? And is fire used in the colloquial sense, i.e. terminate someone from their job? Or does it mean she won't set the monster flaming? And who is the she, anyway?
In any case, I did like your story. I can't remember if I had shortlisted it last month or not; and if not, I can't remember why not. But I do remember I liked the idea when I read it.