maple's works

[quiet keyboard tapping...] oh, hey. welcome to maple's works.

A game about stealing sweets.

PLAYERS – 2+ YOU WILL EACH NEED – bags of around the same size, and plenty of corner shops or pick ‘n’ mix stalls TIME NEEDED – recommended one week, however this is flexible and you can set however much time you want.

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“That's a really weird place to put a TV.”

Indeed, looking forward you saw the TV sitting on a cabinet with wheels in the middle of the hallway – a very peculiar sight. Did you even own a TV? Whose was this? It didn't even seem to be plugged in anywhere. Curious, you grab the trolley handles and roll it towards your apartment, bringing it in and locking your door with a thud.

You scratch your head. Even the TV itself is weird… It's a shiny glossy white with no visible buttons or connection inputs – no HDMI, RGB, scart even… and because of this it's incredibly thin, held straight only by the incredibly thick bottom stand that's pretty much the width of the cabinet itself. The only lead connected to the TV was a power plug, and even then that didn't seem right, having four prongs instead of three – you couldn't plug this TV in even if you wanted.

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you don't remember anything.

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everything feels cluttered and lost. you're not sure what to make of how your brain feels at this moment in time, it's hard to think of anything. a bright white fills your eyes – is it light, limbo, heaven? all three? your thoughts swell even more. nothing's broken but at the same time it feels like everything in your body is shattering to pieces, torn beyond ruin. a moment to pause. you float, looking down below into an endless bright void, but you seem to be forbidden from going down. you're unsure why. you don't even want to, you just know you can't.

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you look around at the blackness that now surrounds and engulfs your vision. there's nothing, nowhere, and there doesn't seem to be anything for miles. that spell you did? horribly wrong. you were stuck here with, seemingly, no means or ways of escaping. you didn't even know where “here” is.

you look down. you can barely see even yourself due to a) the absence of light, and b) the fact that most of your clothing is dark vantablack. same with your pointy hat. was a cool decision at the time, having your outfit be blacker than any other witch in the town, nay, the country. but here it proves to be nothing more than a nuisance.

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looking around in space i spotted quite a few things – for starters, darkness. it was pretty dark in space, i almost couldn't see were it not for all the various assorted stars dotted around. but something was going on with the stars. you see, normally most stars are scorching out, to the point where they can burn you just by looking at them. but the stars were now cold. they were still bright, lit up, flares, everything, but the temperature had dropped to that of a normal household room. this was... unusual to say the absolute least. naturally, as humans who get curious about everything we see, someone just had to go and investigate it, and i was one of those someones. my crew and team were back on board our spaceship, directing orders through to me via a communications device. i was tied to the spaceship via some very strong Flex Rope:tm:. i moved closer towards the star that lay in front of me.

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People all around were gathering for the festival. It was set to be a wonderful time for all, full of many theme park rides and attractions. I turned up in the feastival in my tracksuit bottoms and tshirt like normal, justnormal clothng attire, nothing too special.

Looking around, I noticed many arcade machines scattered around the place, manynot even plugged in or turned on. One particular machine caught my eye – a fighting game entitle d”KING OF FIGHTING 34567”. Some kind of parody of the king of fighters game, obviously.

Whatever, it was the only one that was actually turned on. I dunno where it was even plugged in but I didnt think about that at the time. I simply walked up to it and pushed a token into the credit slot.

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blinded. they were all blinded.

as i stood there and watched, everyone falling to the floor after being hit by the big firework, that now surrounded me in pieces. why i wasn't affected, i didn't know, nor did i care. i ran to get out and call help, call 999, call someone...

i re-entered the house to get to a phone only to find loracie stood there. i nodded at her – it must have been her forces that protected me from the blast of the firework. she nodded back, and ran to get help. i ran to find a phone.

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a party. a wild party that everyone was invited to. and i was on the outside of it. outside, lost, not nessecarially uninvited – like i said, everyone was invited.

everyone. including one of my nemeses.

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she held the axe in her hand, swinging right towards me. i dodged the blow and in one swift movement. she had just appeared out of nowhere – quite literally, i turned around to get myself a drink of lemonade, then the next thing i knew she was right there! i had to think fast. i didn't even know why she was here... yet.

i ran back up the stairs and she chased me, swinging the axe at any chance she got. no matter what. she seemed determined to break everything i ever had. i quickly managed to get to the top floor, and ran into the bathroom, quickly closing the door and turning the lock. she got up to the top floor and started to bang on the door.

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