Like blixco, I wrote my story in roughly a couple of hours (on the day it was due, as i'm a terrible procrastinator); but the idea had been germinating since the day the prompt was posted. It started with me thinking about the ghost stations, and whether or not leprechauns could have passed through them unnoticed; and from there, the idea of leprechauns as spies was natural. But I wanted it to be dark, to carry a sense that the leprechauns were being used and abused; what I was looking for was the feel of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, only with leprechauns.
I had an enormously difficult time with the plot. The general idea was that the leprechaun had been sent to investigate something evil that the Ossis were up to, and had been turned somehow; but I was never able to figure out a convincing evil, or a convincing way to turn the leprechauns. Every idea that came seemed somehow cheesy and lame, and it wasn't until the last day that I realized that it didn't matter; the story could be told, and might even be better, if the evil remained nameless.
I had the backstory and the ending when I started writing, and those were the parts I was happy with; the action scene was something I knew the story needed, but I don't think it worked. Writing action isn't my forte, and I need to work on it.
Most of the feedback i've recieved (aside from the comment that it was Dickian, which is true upon reflection but was the farthest thing from my mind when I was writing it) is consistent: it was too subtle. Neither the setting, nor the fact that Dylan had been turned against his own people by the enemy, were clearly communicated. I hate stories that beat you over the head with their plot or their moral, but I erred to far on the other side for this one ... despite the fact that I was convinced that both were so blindingly obvious as to be perilously close to oliver stone territory.
It's a good lesson to learn: that particular sensor must be ignored, or at least taken with a grain of salt.
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