I’m going topical on your asses this time. The creative fulcrum for your mental levers is: Money Money. Bread. Cash. Filthy lucre. Getting it, spending it, earning it, taking it. Using it, losing it. The theory. The practice. Having too much or not enough. * * * There are rules. Rules which I will enforce with AN IRON FIST! I’m upping the word ante to 3000. Stories below this word-count (as determined by Microsoft Word) will be declined like a bad credit card. Be aware OpenOffice and its off-shoots will over-count compared to Word. There must be a clearly recognisable SF/F element in your story. Post your story in the ‘Stories’ forum. This is protected from search engines and can only be seen by SFFWorld registered forum members, and does not count as publication if you are going to submit your work elsewhere. Links or attached documents will not be considered. Post a link to your story in this thread. Closing date is midnight, April 25th GMT. You may edit your story up to this time as much as you like, but please tell us you're doing so if it's more than spelling/grammar checks. As a courtesy to your readers, take care over your formatting. The forum sadly does not recognise paragraph indents – please separate paragraphs and lines of dialogue with a blank line. Example: I look forward to your entries. Your double-booked entries!