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Challenge #02900-G343: The Benevolence Gene

On Earth, in the 20th and 21st century, they had the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes. The winner won a certain amount that was paid in weekly payments for the rest of the person's life as well as an advance of a lump sum. This continued even after the Shattering. In addition to fairly inexpensive products, the PCH's contest continued. And once again, a new winner was chosen. Though it sometimes took a little bit to find the winner when people traveled to and from stations so often. His family was quite poor before this, having escaped terrible conditions on a failed colonial world. Now they were to receive a large amount each week for the rest of his life. But the question now became, now that their needs were met, how many more could he help with the proceeds? -- Anon Guest

[AN: In my experience/opinion, the PCHS has been rigged to get them all the moneys and a very rare few any kind of prize. I mean I never won anything and ISTG They used the same photos of their winners at random years with different names]

Liro didn't believe it until the payments appeared in their banking account. Liro hadn't believed it was even possible to win. Not with the ceremony involving a gigantic novelty cheque and the flashing cameras. They had honestly believed it was some kind of elaborate joke. The books they ordered certainly were. There was a reason it was a clearing house.

Condensed novels were kind of unfair on the authors who spent a year or more of their lives on reaching the word count requirements. Some people couldn't tell the difference. Liro could. They were even planning something of an essay concerning the difference between the condensed and the full novels. At least they'd get some Patreon change out of it.

But now? Liro had a lot of money. Regularly. For the rest of their life. The first big change was actual financial security. Rent paid. Bills paid. Insurance up and running. Great. Liro had never actually needed to live it large and, rather than going beyond their means, considered the best thing to do with that extra splash.

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Challenge #02818-G261: Payback's a Blessing

They bounced from station to station helping out where they could. Due to the family they were born in to, they'd inherited enough time to live more than comfortably, but they didn't want to just sit around and do nothing for the rest of their life. So, taking training in security, combat, engineering, and several other, useful, fields, they went between stations, and aboard ships, just helping out. When offered contracts and pay for their work? The answer was always the same.

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Challenge #02619-G062: Sizzlin'

The support snag, AKA sausage inna slice of bread. You find them everywhere here in Auz, raising money for good causes, local footy teams. Volunteers cooking sausages and buttering bread, and selling bulk buy soft drinks at retail prices. The backbone of the country. -- Knitnan

It was a N'Ozzie thing. Of course it was a N'Ozzie thing. It made minimal sense, therefore it had to come from N'Oz. The entire planet, except for one reasonably large and relatively idyllic[1] island,

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Challenge #02038-E214: Any One Help

Your newest story about the human gut wound had me wondering. If aliens cared for their human protectors as much as we cared for them, how would they respond to a significant threat to humanity/earth that even the humans were incapable of dealing with? After all of humanities’ civilian organized humanitarian (this word is hilarious to me here) efforts, how would aliens respond when we are in need of some major help of our own? -- Anon Guest

[AN: Inspired by

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Challenge #01855-E031: Hello, Goodbye

Family photos, Wedding groups, school photographs. -- KnitNan

They say that Elves don't age. That's not true. They do age, just incredibly slowly. You can see it, if you journey down a particular hallway in a particular house where the city grew up around it.

They say that Elves steal children. This is a lie. They only take those who have clearly been abandoned. This Elf, once upon a sleeting autumn day, picked up an abandoned infant that had been left to

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Challenge #01617-D156: Reaching Out

What if someone decided they would not 'Get Even', what if they thought this 'payback with interest has gone on long enough' and just walked away from the whole mess. -- Knitnan

Those who fail to learn from the lessons of history, it is said, are doomed to repeat them. This is not just limited to those who fail their History tests. The moving finger may have written, but it tends to write in circles. Ninety percent of all wars are declared

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