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“:)” by Tim Boiteau

Finn: 🙂

Zoe: What happened 2 u? I called and texted a ton of times earlier this wk…

Finn: 🙂

Zoe: Ur phones broken douche. Back from the mountains yet?

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Finn 🙂

Zoe: Okaaaay good 2 know. Txt me when ur back in town. Parents wont be back til Sun wink wink

Finn: 🙂

11:50 PM

Piper: HIST term paper finished n still have 48 hours of spring break left. Jelly?

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Zoe: I hate u.

Piper: What’s ur progress?

Zoe: 2 sentences. Can stretch it 2 like half a page with title & name & all that … 🙁

Piper: Lol a page half full way of thinking ;D

Zoe: Kill me plz

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Piper: Come over and work w/me. Still need 2 do BIO reading. Ill get ma barista on = ice mochas!

Zoe: Mb tomorrow. Finn just pulled into the driveway…

Piper: Sigh … l8r sexy

Zoe: L8r

11:55 PM

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Zoe: Come up. Kitchen doors unlocked.

Finn: 🙂

Zoe: This is getting old Finny boy.

Finn: 🙂

Zoe: Not 2 mention creepy. R you coming n or not?

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Finn: 🙂

Saturday, 12:07 AM

Zoe: Where r u?

Finn: 🙂

Zoe: Can you stop this fucking game

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Finn: 🙂

12:11 AM

Zoe: Christ im freaking out

Piper: Lover boy trouble?

Zoe: Something weird is going on here. Finn pulled into the driveway 15 mins ago. I told him 2 come in but he never did. When I went down 2 see what was taking so long his car was empty not just empty but open. He left al the windows and doors open the engine running there was mud all over the pedals and floor. It was so rank I almost puked and there was this dark dried stain on the driver side headrest. Maybe blood. Dunno.

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Piper: Shit. U call 911?

Zoe: Fuck no. What if hes drunk or high or something. I don’t wanna get him arrested.

Piper: Ok just calm down. Im sure its fine. Mb he stumbled into the bushes outside. Hes probably out cold in your yard or something.

Zoe: I doubt it. When I texted him before he kept replying with a 🙂 every time.

Piper: Def high

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Zoe: I tried calling out 2 him, texted him again after I found the car. Same thing. 🙂

Piper: Weird

Zoe: Right? Wtf? Did you talk 2 any of the other guys? Zac or Trey? R they back yet?

Piper: Talked to Lucy earlier today. Said she hadnt heard from Zac or any of the others but she said cell receptions spotty in the mts. And nonexistent in the caves. She didnt sound too worried.

Zoe: Yeah I texted him Mon and Tues and he didnt reply til tonight with that fucking smiley.

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Zoe: Shit I just heard something

Piper: Like what?

Zoe: A door creaking. Brb.

12:15 AM

Zoe: Finn r u in the house?

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Finn: 🙂

Zoe: I’ve got ur keys.

Finn 🙂

Zoe: Quit fucking around!! Im calling u. Pick up.

Finn: 🙂

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12:19 AM

Zoe: Fuck fuck fuck

Piper: What’s happening

Zoe: Finn isn’t answering his phone. Just playing the stupid 🙂 game.

Piper: He’s not in the house?

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Zoe: I dunno. Couldnt hear his phone ringing but it could be on silent. I found a flake of mud in the front hall. Could b from his car.

Piper: Call the cops, call 911

Zoe: Yeah ok ok l8r

Piper: L8r

12:42 AM

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Zoe: Finn?

Zoe Hello?

Zoe: Finn please answer me. Im worried about u.

12:50 AM

Piper: Everything ok?

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Zoe: Patrol car came by, 2 cops.

Piper: What they do?

Zoe: Came in, took a look around, took a statement, checked out Finn’s car.

Zoe: They didn’t take much interest in the stain. Pretty old they said, if it even was blood.

Zoe: I showed them the texts and they thought he was prob playing a practical joke. I txted Finn in front of them, but all a sudden he stopped replying. Maybe he passed out or whatever. Fuck I felt like such an idiot.

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Piper: Shit Zoe ur being too hard on yourself. U were scared. Least its over now.

Zoe: Ugh Im having a vodka shot and going to bed.

Piper: Night

Zoe: Night

1:35 AM

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Zoe: Is that u Finn? Did you turn on the TV downstairs?

Finn: 🙂

Zoe R u ok?

Finn: 🙂

Zoe: Ur not hurt r u? I saw the blood. Fuck come up here, I’m scared shitless, come up here, plz come up, please please stop this

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Finn: 🙂

9:44 AM

Piper Morning sexy you survive the night?

Zoe: 🙂

END

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Tim Boiteau lives in Michigan with his family. He is a Writers of the Future winner, with fiction appearing in Deep Magic, Kasma Magazine, and Dream of Shadows. His debut novel, The Drummer Girl, is out now in hardback and e-book.

Tim Boiteau, Author

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AI journey: Little Red Riding Hood, Part 3 Final

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So here is our last installment of our AI journey exploring the idea of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad wolf being one and the same. All of these are based upon the AI generated art and prompts using NightCafe and then created as posters in Canva. Feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this exploration if you missed them.

Forget this talk of sheep, it isn't helping..., Dark Fantasy style, Aug. 1, 2023
Dark Fantasy style, Aug. 1, 2023

A non sequitur I know, but I couldn’t resist. If you picked up where we left off you’ll get it.

So what about Little Red Riding Hood as a wolf?, Dark Fantasy, Aug. 1, 2023
Dark Fantasy, Aug. 1, 2023

Seriously?! Again with the cropped off head cop out…

Little Red Riding Hood as a wolf, seriously we want to see her face!, Artistic Portrait, Aug. 1, 2023
Artistic Portrait, Aug. 1, 2023

Finally! That was a journey. And not even worth the result, in my opinion.

Anyway, here is a bonus montage I made out of a bunch of additional Red Riding Hood prompts for an article that never happened…

Little Red Riding Hood AI art montage, Nov. 4, 2023
AI art generated Nov. 4, 2023

Prompts for Montage:

1.) What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf were one and the same being?
2.) Her wolf face peering out of her red cloak, fangs dripping with the blood of another victim, lost in the forest and never found.
3.) Little Red Riding Hood closes in for the kill, lunging from her red cloak, her wolf fangs dripping with blood.
4.) I am Little Red Riding Hood. I am the Big Bad Wolf. I am coming for you.
5.) Howling within, the rage sears forth from the red cloak, discarded in the deep woods. Red Riding Hood succumbs to the lycanthropy.
6.) Heaving breaths. Dripping blood. Red Riding Hood is not what she appears. She is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
7.) Her red cloak masks the fangs hidden below the surface.
8.) It starts with a long sighing breath. Waiting. The wolf within stirs.
9.) Red Riding Hood trembles. She succumbs to the lycanthropy.
10.) The wolf bursts forth from within. It takes over Little Red Riding Hood’s mind, her body, her being.
11.) Red Riding Hood howls. She is ravenous with hunger for blood. The wolf within has taken over. Mind, spirit, body. She feasts on the blood of the moon.
12.) Big Bad Wolf Red Riding Hood ravenous blood moon feast
13.) Blood moon beckons. I. Little Red Big Bad Riding Hood Wolf. Freedom howling night curse.
14.) Beware. Bewolf. BeRedRidingHood. Betwixt. Beyond.
15.) I pad quietly as the forest dissolves around me. Red Riding Hood and Wolf, one and the same.
16.) Wolf within howling dark recesses of the mind, Red Riding Hood lost
17.) Red Riding Hood HOWL wolf bane true existence polymorph within-and-without.
18.) Red howl Riding Wolf dark existence brooding within

So thank you for joining us on another AI art journey. You can still catch the last AI art journey on Haunted MTL here.  To see more such devolutions into AI generated art, check out the Will the Real Jennifer Weigel Please Stand Up? blog.

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AI Journey: Little Red Riding Hood, Part 2

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Continuing our AI journey from last time exploring Little Red Riding Hood herself as the Big Bad Wolf… All of these are based upon the AI generated art and prompts using NightCafe and then created as posters in Canva.

Little Red Riding Hood as a wolf, Sinister style, Aug. 1, 2023
Sinister style, Aug. 1, 2023

How very… Phantom of the Opera predatory… this is definitely not what I had in mind. Maybe something more cutesy?

Little Red Riding Hood woman with wolf head instead of her own, Anime V2 style, Aug. 1, 2023
Anime V2 style, Aug. 1, 2023

Ugh. Maybe not.

Wolf face peering out of red hooded cape, Sinister style, Aug. 1, 2023
Sinister style, Aug. 1, 2023

Wow, that seems like such a cop out, cropping off the head so you don’t have to depict it. And I don’t want to lose the Little Red Riding Hood reference completely.

Wolf in sheep's clothing as Little Red Riding Hood, Artistic Portrait style, Aug. 1, 2023
Artistic Portrait style, Aug. 1, 2023

So no surprise there, I knew that was too many references to work.

And we continued to devolve, join us again next week for the final installment to see how this ended… And again, if you want to catch the last AI art journey, you can find it on Haunted MTL here.  To see more such devolutions into AI generated art, check out the Will the Real Jennifer Weigel Please Stand Up? blog.

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AI Journey: Little Red Riding Hood, Part 1

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And as promised in Big Bad Poetry, we shall embark on our next AI journey, this time looking at Little Red Riding Hood. I had wanted to depict her as the Big Bad Wolf one and the same, although maybe not so big nor bad. But it just wasn’t happening quite as planned. All of these are based upon the AI generated art and prompts using NightCafe and then created as posters in Canva.

Little Red Riding Hood beautiful woman with red cape hiding her wolf face.  Sinister style, July 29, 2023
Sinister style, July 29, 2023

So I actually like this even better than my original vision, it is playful and even a bit serene (especially given the Sinister style). The wolf is just being a wolf. It’s quite lovely, really. But it wasn’t what I had in mind, so I revisited the idea later to see if I could get that result…

Little Red Riding Hood with wolf face, Artistic Portrait style, Aug. 1, 2023
Artistic Portrait style, Aug. 1, 2023

Well, that’s not quite right…

Wolf face Little Red Riding Hood, Artistic Portrait style, Aug. 1, 2023
Artistic Portrait style, Aug. 1, 2023

Yeah more of the same…

What part of wolf face don't you understand?, Hyperreal style, Aug. 1, 2023
Hyperreal style, Aug. 1, 2023

And as you can see this is starting to devolve quickly. Join us again next week to see how this continued to develop… And if you want to catch the last AI art journey, you can find it on Haunted MTL here. To see more such devolutions into AI generated art, check out the Will the Real Jennifer Weigel Please Stand Up? blog.

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