Welcome to the French literature edition of the First Sentence Challenge If you have problems getting started on a fic because you can't find the first sentence, this challenge is for you! says the woman who faces the chronic problem of getting stuck on the first sentence. How it works: I made a list of the first sentences of 25 well-known or lesser-known French novels (in translation of course). Why French? Erm, well, because I couldn't find translations for 25 Greek novels online, and I'd rather not translate myself Also, because I really like French literature. The sentences are very diverse. They're borrowed from 18th-21st century novels of many different styles, some are first-person, some are third-person, and their length varies from 3 to 23 words. Anyway, you know the drill. Pick a number, I'll send you a quote and you write a fic, either SW or NSWFF. There is only one rule: your fic must start with the sentence you picked. Other than that, no deadline, no maximum/minimum number of words, no fancy requirements -- also, no prizes, no colours, no nonsense. This is just to kick the muse a bit, or a lot. Unless there's an inordinate amount of interest in French literature that I don't know about on the boards, you should be able to pick a second number once you've completed your first entry (or I can add more sentences if necessary). As usual, I'll keep an index below. Once your fic is started, just post a link in this thread and I'll add it next to your name. *sits back and waits for volunteers* UPDATE 17 February 2017: the free numbers below are up for grabs. 1. whiskers -- [Before the Saga] Another Typical Evening on Nar Shaddaa Spoiler The sentence was: "May I, monsieur, offer my services without running the risk of intruding?" from The Fall by Albert Camus. 2. 3. Raissa Baiard -- [Saga - OT] All Our Yesterdays Spoiler The sentence was: was “Who am I?" from Nadja by André Breton 4. 5. leiamoody -- [Saga] Crystalline Spoiler The sentence was: "How had they met? By chance, like everyone else." from Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot 6. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha -- [Star Trek] Deep Serenity in You Spoiler The sentence was: "A strange melancholy pervades me to which I hesitate to give the grave and beautiful name of sorrow." from Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan 7. Ewok Poet -- [Saga - PT] In My Dreams Spoiler The sentence was: "Our dreams are a second life." from Aurélia by Gérard de Nerval 8. Mira_Jade 9. NobodyIX -- [Before - Legends] My Fallen Apprentice Spoiler The sentence was: "I was a foundling, but until I was eight years of age I thought I had a mother, like other children." from Nobody's Boy by Hector Malot 10. Shira A'dola -- [Saga] Mondo Spoiler The sentence was: "No one really knew where Mondo came from." from Mondo and Other Stories by J. M. G Le Clézio 11. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha -- [Beyond - Legends] Unique & Tantalizing Spoiler The sentence was: "Convicts' garb is striped pink and white." from The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet 12. Admiral Volshe -- [Saga] Endgame Spoiler The sentence was: "I have entered upon a performance which is without example, whose accomplishment will have no imitator." from Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau 13. Chyntuck 14. brodiew 15. Shira A'dola -- [Saga] "Here's how it started" Spoiler The sentence was: "Here's how it started." from Journey to the End of the Night by Louis-Ferdinand Céline 16. Sith-I-5 -- [Saga - PT] Get Carter Spoiler The sentence was: "They may be right when they say I'm a coward." from The Insurrectionist by Jules Vallès 17. Lady_Skywalker87 18. Findswoman -- [Saga] The Spacer's Song (also in response to the OC Revolution Fall 2015 Challenge) Spoiler The sentence was: "One day, I was already old, in the entrance of a public place a man came up to me." from The Lover by Marguerite Duras 19. Ewok Poet -- [Saga] -- Before the Fall Spoiler The sentence was: "I was twenty. I will let no one say it is the best time of life." from Aden Arabie by Paul Nizan 20. 21. leiamoody -- [Before the Saga] Epiphany (chapter 2) Spoiler The sentence was: "Take your specs off, now," Tortose told Pierrot, "take 'em off, if you want to look as though you work here.", from Pierrot by Raymond Queneau. 22. 23. WarmNyota_SweetAyesha -- [Beyond - Legends] Unique & Tantalizing Spoiler The sentence was: "It's over. The beach at Big Sur is empty, and I remain lying on the sand at the very spot where I fell." from Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary 24. mavjade 25. earlybird-obi-wan -- [Beyond - Legends] A treasured book found again Spoiler The sentence was "Ursus and Homo were fast friends. Ursus was a man, Homo a wolf." from The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo.