A Moment of Hope is a TADS 2 interactive fiction story and is © 1999 by Simmon Keith. It was an entry in IF Comp 1999 where it took 18th place.
In this short story, you play as a young man who becomes a nervous wreck wondering if Anna, a woman he matched with on a dating website, actually has any romantic interest in him or not.
This solution is by David Welbourn, and is based on Version 0.258 of the story.
* * * (Scene 1 begins)
> x me. (male) i. (nothing)
> take paper. read it. ("ANNA OFF WORK @ 8.")
> x computer. x e-mail.
> x clothes. x bed. x carpet.
> x clock. x reflection.
The phone rings.
> answer phone. (It's Scott, not Anna.)
> call Anna. (You don't fully call.)
> x diary. read diary. g. g. g. g.
> laugh. x clock. call Anna.
* * * (Scene 2 begins)
> i. x recorder.
> x stars. x bridge. x river. x trees. x trail.
> e. w.
You drop your recorder on entry.
> take flute. play flute.
> listen. smell. x water. x reflection.
> w. nw. w. w. n. w.
> x porch. w.
* * * (Scene 3 begins)
Your Room, at your computer
Scott matched Anna as well.
> x computer. x e-mail. g. g. g. g. g. g. g. g.
Anna says she'll be out of town with her boyfriend all weekend.
* * * (Scene 4 begins)
At The Spark
> x icon. x text. g. g. g. g. g.
* * * (Scene 5 begins)
Free Web-Based E-mail
> x message. try again. g.
* * * (Scene 6 begins)
> i. x rag. s.
> x girls. s. s. s. (A girl whistled at you?)
* * * (Scene 7 begins)
I note that it doesn't matter what you type in this section.
> sleep. g. g. g. g. (You get up anyway.)
* * * (Scene 8 begins)
Back in Reality...
The game ends with this line:
What a comforting thought.
The response to CREDITS is:
Many thanks to:
Michael J. Roberts for TADS,
Stephen Granade for running the comp this year,
lurd, Jota, Ghogg, ToyKeeper, hardwire, my brother Andrew, and others
for all the testing, encouragement, and constructive comments,
my ifMUD friends for creating #group-therapy, and...
Anna -- for making this IF possible.
Note that the diary in the first scene can't be taken. It never formally enters your inventory.
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