The theme of this year's competition was "Lara in love".




From Wikipedia;
"Love refers to a variety of different feelings, states, and attitudes, ranging from pleasure ("I loved that meal") to interpersonal attraction ("I love my partner"). "Love" may refer specifically to the passionate desire and intimacy of romantic love, to the sexual love of eros, to the emotional closeness of familial love, or the platonic love that defines friendship, to the profound oneness or devotion of religious love. This diversity of uses and meanings, combined with the complexity of the feelings involved, makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, even compared to other emotional states. Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts. Love may be understood a part of the survival instinct, a function keep human beings together against menaces and to facilitate the continuation of the species."

From Cole Porter;
Strange, dear, but true, dear,
When I'm close to you dear,
The stars fill the sky,
So in love with you am I.

Even without you
My arms fold about you.
You know, darling, why,
So in love with you am I.

In love with the night mysterious
The night when you first were there
In love with my joy delirious
When I knew that you could care.

So taunt me and hurt me,
Deceive me, desert me,
I'm yours 'til I die,
So in love,
So in love
So in love with you, my love, am I.





The challenge was to write a PG-13* short story
of between 1,000-10,000 words.
The deadline was Feb 14th, 2012.

Please email all queries to ostercy2003@hotmail.com.







And the winner is ...

Lara's Boys
by
Dafty Head

Read online here


with, in second and third places;

Treasures of the Heart
by Keith Kreager

Aftermath
by Jessica Gray



The other (excellent) entries were (in no particular order);

Mountain Girl
by Julian Wilson

Midsummer's Night
by Charlie

Dagger
by The Kramer

Lara Cherie
by Beautay

Enough For Them
by ExtremeRainbowRaiderPrincess

Behind The Mask
by Alice Malcolm

Ana Behibak
by Alice Farley









Judges

Jaden Morretti

- Webmistress of Guns and Grapple

Meagan Marie

- Tomb Raider Community Manager and Cosplayer Extraordinaire

L.E.Croft

- Webmistress of indycroft.com

Stellalune

- Webmistress of tombraiders.net

Digital Strider and Sam Turner

- Tomb Raider Essayists and Broadcasters at The InRetroSpect Podcast





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*PG-13

Definition from Wikipedia
Parents Strongly Cautioned - Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13.
These films may contain sex references, up to four uses of explicit language, drug innuendo, strong crude/suggestive humor, mature/political themes, moderately long horror moments and/or moderate action violence. There are usually no restrictions on non-sexual nudity. However, extreme bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present; with the exception of Austin Powers and Click. Marijuana smoking is the only illegal drug use that can be depicted in a PG-13 film, with the exception of Forrest Gump, in which a brief scene depicts an actress snorting cocaine. While PG-13 films usually have more profanity than PG films, this is not necessarily the case. A film that is given a PG-13 rating due to profane language and/or racial insults is given this rating because it contains more of these elements than a PG rating would permit, or the film contains uses of stronger profanities than a PG would permit. A film rated PG-13 for "intense violence" is given this rating if blood is present in a violent way. The films Gremlins and Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom are well known as the movies that PG-13 was created for. In recent years, this rating has been used for the majority of American films released.