That said, they did argue a long time between the entry about the Remington typewriter and the first kiss once they narrowed it down. In the end, the winner was:
The girl selected the old Remington because he possessed the stately interrobang. The typewriter pinged his return with glee; it had been twenty years since he last wrote, forty since he wrote anything worthwhile. The girl set the Remington on the table; his ribbon tingled with anticipation and then trepidation as the girl produced pliers and began to pull his keys out, letter by letter.
Cece: great three sentence story. You made me care about that poor typewriter and when the pliers came out, I was mortified for him. (I have two typewriter key necklaces, so this made me cringe especially hard.) And thank you so much for teaching me a new word! Anyone reading this who doesn't know what an interrobang is, that's the symbol there at the top left of the blog. A question mark and exclamation point all in one.
Weird interrobang fact thanks to Wikipedia: "The State Library of New South Wales, Australia, uses an interrobang as its logo." In fact, the whole history of the interrobang is kinda interesting. Go check it out.
Thank you all for your entries and you time and support. We will have another contest soon. A huge shout out to leigh_madrid for your entry. Sad/funny first kiss story! You poor dear! (Gavin was a fool.) Also, to answer your fiance's question, eyetalic, I play a four string run-of-the-mill electric bass. My husband plays the drums, so on Friday mornings when our youngest is in preschool, we rock out. I could play "Electric Funeral" all day long on the bass, or, sit me at the kit and I'd play LZ's "The Ocean" on drums until you dragged me away. I'm not all that great, but I feel like a rock star when I can actually manage Bonham's timing.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz landed on YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults list last week. Go have a look at the list and see if you can find something you never heard of before. I have been urged by a trillion people to pick up The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith, so I'm writing to my local indie and asking them to order it for me tonight. It sounds AMAZING.