Welcome to the second (of six) qualifying rounds to find the winner of this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line.
Voting's a little different this time. Here's how it works:
The winners of rounds 1-5 automatically make the final. The 2nd place finishers go forward into Round 6 to battle it out for the last place in the final. In the case of a tie, the tied entries both (or all) go through
From the following list, please select any opening lines which you think should progress to the final round
Flames hissed through dry wood to lick at the slave chained to a stake.
The fog harvesters rolled out in the darkest of night, while birds slumbered and the rest of the world held its breath.
“Fucking alarms! They’re making me homicidal!” I screamed at Jahna’s back.
Here, beneath the damp evergreen branches, the morning was cold and so quiet that it seemed impossible so many Reichswehr troops could be camped nearby.
“I hate the whole world.” Erin threw her handbag onto the floor and slumped into the green armchair with a sigh of exasperation.
I measure damage by the milligram.
I remember well the morning I rode in search of my damnation.
In the time before the sundering, they were one people.
It's morning on the outskirts of the largest garbage dump on the planet.
"Julius interrupted my Ping-Pong game as I was about to claim victory, so what if I was playing against myself."
What's at stake?
Bragging rights for the winner.
An interview and/or guest post here on An Englishman in New Jersey.
An I are a writer! mug/Fur-Face CD combo.
You can vote for as many entries as you like in each round (you'll need an LJ account to vote, but they're free)..
If you haven't already voted in the other rounds, here's where you can find them:
Round one (click here)
Round three (click here)
Round four (click here)
Round five (click here)
Round six (not yet open)
Voting in Rounds 1 through five closes on Sunday December 4th 2010 at noon (US/Eastern)
Good luck to all who take part!,