Beau! Sarah! Wake up! Your challengers have departed after the semifinals. So now you get to decide this.  Ampersand or Interrobang, who gets immortalized on the sidebar?

I think the quote in the last round had too much plot built in, so this time I went with characters. We’ll see what you can do with that.  Do me proud, finalists.

REMINDER NOTE: During the season, several stories which were slightly over the word count were allowed to remain in contention for medals. The judges have decided that in the playoffs this will not happen. The word limit is a hard cap, and any story that goes over will be disqualified.


“They were never handsome and often came
with a hormone imbalance manifested by corpulence,
a yodel of a voice or ears big as kidneys.

But each was brave.”

Word limit: 433 words.
Due Date: Friday, January 16 at 8 PM Central.
Judging: Everybody judges everything.