SIYE Time:9:41 on 25th May 2020

Strangers in the Dark Challenge 2018-3

As hinted, your premise for Challenge 2018-3 is:  Late at night, a hooded stranger appears at Harry's bed in Gryffindor Tower and casts a spell.  Another does the same to Ginny.  The mysterious pair meets in the Common Room.  After a kiss, they whisper, "That’s done.  Now, for the great adventure."  What happens next?

Awards will be made for Best Mystery, Most Romantic, Best Overall, and People's Choice.  Completed stories must be submitted by midnight, Nov. 15, in order for award announcements to be made on Dec. 1.

Please note rules for challenge stories:  submissions must be stand-alone stories that are marked as complete by deadline; stories must be shorter than 20,000 words; R-rated stories are discouraged, and judges are not required to read them.

Finally, please use this space to cast your votes for the 2019-1 challenge topics.  Additional suggestions are highly encouraged (need to keep the list fresh) but prior vote-getters include:

  1. Years into their marriage, Ginny discovers something surprising about Harry.  Tell us about it.
  2. Auntie Muriel announces that she will take her tea at the Burrow next Sunday.  Excuses fly as everyone tries to avoid attending.  Will anyone escape?
  3. A debilitating accident brings Harry's and Ginny's hectic schedules to a screeching halt.  How will things change as the couple adjusts to a slow recovery?
  4. Times are tense at Grimmauld Place... until Sirius and Lupin start sharing tales of old Marauder Pranks.  Suitably inspired, Harry and/or Ginny (you choose) decide(s) to liven things up with a bit of their own mischief.
GHL on 2018.08.27 - 06:11AM ()


Gin110881 came out of the woodwork on 2018.09.03 - 06:11AM to say:

That's a tough choice. Since we just had the April's Fools Challenge a year ago, I grudgingly ignore my favourites choice and vote for #1.

Gin110881 came out of the woodwork on 2018.09.03 - 06:35AM to say:

I've been thinking for a while and here's my suggestion for a Bill and Fleur's Wedding Missing Moment Challenge: After not having talked for weeks, Harry and Ginny suddenly face each other at Bill and Fleur's wedding (or its preparation), alone at a place away from the hustle and bustle. Tell us what happened in this half hour until they were missed.

GHL came out of the woodwork on 2018.09.04 - 10:25AM to say:

Your vote, and reticence, are noted -- thank you

Yes, the picking are slim, so the added suggestion is helpful. I will think over a slight rephrasing and will post it. Voting is obviously off to a slow start, so another day or two won't affect the new entry's competiveness.

Gin110881 came out of the woodwork on 2018.09.05 - 02:57AM to say:

Rephrasing is a good idea. I tried but I didn't came up with a better wording. Yeah, the voting is off to a slow start, part of the reason might be my bad timing by immediataly putting two more news items on top of the announcement.

Gin110881 came out of the woodwork on 2018.09.06 - 07:59AM to say:

Maybe it is a wee bit too specific, but here's another suggestion: What if Neville hadn't already asked Ginny to go to the Yule Ball with him?

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