The coroner's assistant opened the drawer and pulled back the sheet, and Calla saw a living woman. Lucy's face was intact, her eyes closed, her long red hair fanned out around her head. She was breathing softly, chest moving just the slightest bit. Even her clothes were there--gray sweater, dark jeans, a chunk of quartz on a thin gold chain. Calla bit down hard on the inside of her cheek and concentrated on now. The image flickered and blurred and vanished, leaving only the waxy, jawless corpse, naked and autopsy-scarred.

Bodies remembered what they'd been.
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 On Tense, Person, and Style Choices
 Posted: Dec 26 2014, 03:15 PM

A Brief Guide

For the sake of accommodating stylistic preferences here on S&P, this quick guide addresses what is and is not appropriate for threads in terms of writing style. We're going to do things a little out of the ordinary, so bear with us.
  • Threads may be written in first, second, or third person.
  • They may also be written in past or present tense; no future tense, please!
  • The tense and point of view of threads should be agreed upon by all parties before the start of the thread.
  • Threads that don't follow the standard third-person past-tense should have some indication of their tense and person in the topic title or description.
  • When replying to open threads, make sure to adhere to the tense and person that the thread starter used.
  • Stylistic choices that may break grammar rules are accepted and even encouraged as long as these remain consistent throughout the use of an individual character's posts.
Any questions or suggestions about tense, person, and style can be left here, and this document will be amended as necessary.

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