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Here's a game I play with my drama students. Someone starts a story and, depending if things are going well or badly, ends the sentence with "fortunately" or "unfortunately." The next person repeats "fortunately" or "unfortunately" and adds an appropriate thought.

Example:

1st person: I decided to walk across the street to the coffee shop, unfortunately...

2nd person: Unfortunately, I got hit by a bus. Fortunately...

3rd person: Fortunately, I got thrown into the back of a pickup truck hauling mattressess. Unfortunately...


Okay, here's the beginning of the story:

Yesterday, I found the perfect Christmas gift for my best friend. Unfortunately...
 

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Unfortunately, when I left the shop I got hit by a bus. Fortunately...


(I couldn't think of anything else, mind is mush today :D )
 

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she was having a bad day and trashed all my presents instead, but fortunately...
 

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She was also a kleptomaniac, and as soon as I turned my head, she stole them all. Fortunately,
 

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she realized her mistake, returned and made off with the $50, never to be seen again. Fortunately,
 

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the farmer who owned the cow was also a doctor. Unfortunately,
 

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he was a cow doctor and I was left with a set of functioning udders. Fortunately,
 

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I was able to disguise myself as one of those "8 maids a milking." Unfortunately,
 

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the "10 lords a-leaping" came in and started leaping all over me. Fortunately,
 

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I was able to bribe them with my 5 Gold Rings. Unfortunately,
 

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Father Time came shuffling in along with the New Year Baby in a diaper and distracted them. Unfortunately,
 

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something smelled and it wasn't the New Year Baby's diaper, fortunately...
 

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just as I was about to pass out, I noticed a monkey in an adjacent stall, who was typing a novel (he was that one monkey we always heard about that would eventually type a novel if you sat a million monkeys in front of a typewriter), and he was kind enough to write me into the scene he was working on, and voilà, there I was, smack-dab in the middle of beautiful downtown Honolulu. Unfortunately,
 

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an emergency announcement popped up on the news, saying that a tsunami would hit Oahu and devastate Honolulu within the next ten minutes. Fortunately,
 

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at the same time, a ship carrying a load of kitchen sponges from China collided with another ship laden with detergent. The two ships split asunder, and the sponges soaked up all the excess water. Unfortunately,
 

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