First Line Friday: “Our elders have made a lot of bad decisions recently. Specifically, deciding to send the whole village out to some far-off island for protection.”

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“Our elders have made a lot of bad decisions recently. Specifically, deciding to send the whole village out to some far-off island for protection.”

Our elders have made a lot of bad decisions recently. Specifically, deciding to send the whole village out to some far-off island for protection. What a crackpot idea. No matter how many warriors they leave behind, the shadows will always follow. They torment us, creating visions and tricks to lure the young ones into the wilderness, giving the women nightmares so vivid they lie in their beds useless for weeks, unable to go out on patrol or heal the sick. We tried to flush out the shadow creatures before with chants, prayers, talismans, even sacrifices, but nothing seemed to satisfy them. Not until Sonya, anyway. Her soul was almost too much for them, but the elders won’t talk about her anymore.

Ariana Adams

Our elders have made a lot of bad decisions recently. Specifically, deciding to send the whole village out to some far-off island for protection. It started as a joke but then became a viral media trend. The elders believed the fake deity Aemon would destroy America, so to prepare for relocation, the population was cut to 2,000. We sailed to Hawaii where ‘we’d be safest from Aemon’. All former Hawaiians were murdered. We, the younger generation, were tired of death, so we convinced the elders that Aemon had learned to travel by fire and that we would have to go to the volcano to put out the fire. Once at the top, we kicked all of the elders into the mouth of the volcano.

Collette Whittemore

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About Jillian Murphy

Jillian Murphy is the Assistant Managing Editor of the UNG Press. She is a UNG alumna, class of 2016.

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