Said/Say Challenge by Enthusiastic Fish

*Issued by Enthusiastic Fish*

A couple of years ago, in the overused words/phrases thread, we were discussing the value of using "he said", "he says" as dialogue tags and how some people try so hard not to use them that the story ends up seeming kind of flowery. This leads me to my challenge.

The SAID/SAY Challenge!

The Challenge: You must write a story in which there IS dialogue and you must use dialogue tags, but you cannot use "say" or "said" (or "says") or any other form of the word "said" in your story. You must use other tags.

For example: "We have to sneak up on them!" Tony whispered.
"But we can't get there in time!" Tim articulated.
"We have to!" Tony ordered.
"But we can't!" Tim whimpered.

And so on. It doesn't have to be ALL dialogue, but there should be a significant amount of it...with dialogue tags. ;D Be sure to repeat the dialogue tags as little as possible. :yes:

The requirements:

Characters: Any NCIS character. Since this is kind of a silly one, I'll even allow Mike Franks, EJ, MAllison or Dr. Ryan to show up...if you must. ;D

Genre: Any. Obviously, silly stories will be easier to do this, but the more power to you if you can get genuine pathos out of story that is chock full of flowery dialogue tags. :yes:

Pairings: I guess I'll allow het pairings this time, if only because there's a lot of "gushing" that people can do.

Rating: FR15 or below.

Word Count: 500 min., 10,000 max. If you want to do a longer story, let me know.

Crossovers? Only with NCIS:LA, and perhaps NCIS:NO. Right now, I'm planning on giving it a shot. If you want to ask about another one, you can.

Multiple entries? Please do!

Due: January 15, 2015

So...go forth and write! she said commanded.
Categories: Het, General
Characters: Any NCIS Character(s)
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Rating: FR13
Summary: Gibbs has a talk with Ducky after Ellie's outburst in the squad room about his going too easy on her. Episode Tag to "The Searchers."

Categories: General
Characters: Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Chapters: 1
Genre: Character Study, Episode Tag, Friendship
Warnings: None
Challenges: Said/Say Challenge
Series: None
Completed: No Word count: 749 Read Count: 468
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Rating: FR7
Summary: Tony promised Abby they could spend a Saturday hanging out and doing something fun. But Tony's not quite sure he is enthused about Abby's idea of fun.

Categories: General, General > Humor
Characters: Abby Sciuto, Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo
Chapters: 1
Genre: Friendship, Humor
Warnings: None
Challenges: Said/Say Challenge
Series: None
Completed: Yes Word count: 1295 Read Count: 982
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Author: Vanessa
Rating: FR13
Summary: Tony's tailing a suspect when things go horribly wrong.

Categories: General, General > Drama
Characters: Anthony "Tony" DiNozzo, Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Chapters: 1
Genre: Drama, Friendship
Warnings: None
Challenges: Said/Say Challenge
Series: None
Completed: Yes Word count: 807 Read Count: 636
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