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*SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Apparently the author believes travelling between stars is just a short trip for an EldritchAbomination. As well as seeking other inhabited planets which might not even exist by the time the information reaches All The Rest. Not that [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy this is much of a sci-fi in the first place]].


''[[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3340736/1/Day-of-the-Choosing Day of the Choosing]]'' is a horror short story by [[Tropers/DelphineTheDelphox Lily Alexander]].

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''[[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3340736/1/Day-of-the-Choosing Day of the Choosing]]'' is a horror short story by [[Tropers/DelphineTheDelphox Lily Alexander]].
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* PrecisionFStrike: The protagonist drops it exactly one time out of frustration in the narrative.



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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Those not Chosen are fed to All the Rest and absorbed into its flesh, and kept just sentient enough to be assaulted with memories of the millions of past victims.]]



* EatenAlive: [[spoiler:What happens to those who are not Chosen; they are sent to be absorbed by All the Rest and become part of its body.]]



* LotteryOfDoom: Inverted. The lottery, or Choosing, is to determine who ''survives''. Those who lose are the ones who [[spoiler:become All the Rest's next meal]].



* {{Sadist}}: What separates [[spoiler:All the Rest]] from the average [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination BigBad]] is the sick pleasure it takes from the cries of their victims:

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* {{Sadist}}: What separates [[spoiler:All the Rest]] from the average [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination BigBad]] is the sick pleasure it takes from the cries of their its victims:


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* ToServeMan: [[spoiler:All the Rest, [[EldritchAbomination a being from who-knows-what-planet]], consumes those it has not Choose to temporarily spare.]]
* VillainousGlutton: [[spoiler:All the Rest loves to feast on Unchosen beings, and loves to [[{{Sadist}} play with its food as well]]]].


* BigBad: [[spoiler:All the Rest is a horrific abomination that is behind the ritual, and uses said ritual to feast upon innocents each decade]].

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:All the Rest Rest]] is a the horrific abomination EldritchAbomination that is behind the ritual, and uses said ritual to feast [[spoiler:feast upon innocents each decade]].decade, including the protagonist]].
* CosmicHorrorStory: The story centers around a city where the people are at the mercy of [[spoiler:a {{sadist}}ic EldritchAbomination that has taken over the entire planet and absorbs the people into itself, forcing them to have nightmares for all eternity, and the protagonist becomes one of those unlucky souls by the end]].



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The protagonist isn't chosen, and he along with thousands of other innocents are fed to All the Rest. It's also made clear that All the Rest will continue the ritual until it has devoured the entire planet]].
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:All the Rest is a colossal deformed, fleshy mound that looks like pulsating tumor and is filled with millions of mouths]].
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:The protagonist is one of thousands of people who ends up not getting Chosen, and is consumed by All the Rest]].
* NoNameGiven: None of the characters in the story have names. Not even the protagonist.
* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler:All the Rest doesn't devour the population of the worlds it visits until ''after'' it finds another world with a viable food source. Instead, it keeps some of the population alive so its current food source remains stable]].
* TheReveal: What does it mean to be Chosen? You get to live another ten years. Those who aren't Chosen are [[spoiler:devoured by a giant EldritchAbomination, as the protagonist unfortunately finds out in the end]].
* TooManyMouths: [[spoiler:All the Rest has ''millions'' of mouths inside of it that are all a few inches wide]].
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: There are no hints as to what state, country, or even continent that the story takes place in. [[spoiler:Given that All the Rest has traveled to multiple worlds, it may not even take place on Earth]].

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* DownerEnding: As befitting a {{Dystopia}}n CosmicHorrorStory. [[spoiler:The protagonist isn't chosen, and he along with thousands of other innocents are fed to All the Rest. It's also made clear that All the Rest will continue the ritual until it has devoured the entire planet]].
planet, just as it has done to other planets and will do to many other planets.]]
* {{Dystopia}}: Combined with CosmicHorrorStory. The setting is a city where all life seems to be as normal as on our world... except that every ten years, the titular Day of the Choosing is held, and those not chosen are ReleasedToElsewhere [[spoiler:to be fed to an EldritchAbomination. This happens in cities all around the world, all run by the abomination]].
* DystopianEdict: Every ten years, citizens are gathered in an outdoor auditorium to decide who lives and who is [[ReleasedToElsewhere sent away]] to [[spoiler:be fed to [[EldritchAbomination All the Rest]]]].
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:All the Rest Rest, the one in control of the planet and the Choosing system, is a colossal colossal, deformed, fleshy mound that looks like a pulsating tumor and is filled with millions of mouths]].
mouths. The real body of All the Rest is a pulsating orb- the flesh mound is a shell made up of the still-living bodies of the victims fed to it.]]
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:The protagonist is one of thousands of people who ends up not getting Chosen, and is consumed by All the Rest]].
Rest.]]
* NoNameGiven: None of the characters in the story story, aside from [[spoiler:All the Rest (which is just the name the protagonist gives it]], have names. Not even the protagonist.
* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler:All the Rest doesn't devour the population of the worlds it visits until ''after'' it finds another world with a viable food source. Instead, it keeps some of the population alive so its current food source remains stable]].
stable.]]
* ReleasedToElsewhere: While obvious enough to readers familiar with {{Dystopia}}s, the citizens who are sent to [[spoiler:be fed to All the Rest]] are simply said to not have been Chosen, and are moving to an undisclosed location to suffer an undisclosed fate.
* TheReveal: What does it mean to be Chosen? You get to live another ten years. Those who aren't Chosen are [[spoiler:devoured by All the Rest, a giant EldritchAbomination, as the protagonist unfortunately finds out in the end]].
* {{Sadist}}: What separates [[spoiler:All the Rest]] from the average [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination BigBad]] is the sick pleasure it takes from the cries of their victims:
-->'''"''''''''Ah, this is my favorite part: watching you all wriggle around against my might even when you have no chance!''''' '''"''' [[spoiler:All the Rest's [[VoiceOfTheLegion many voices]] boomed throughout, drowning out the screams as more and more of us melted into its flesh.]] '''"''''''''Keep struggling! Keep fighting for your survival! Just as the ones who came before, and the ones who will come after!''''' '''"'''
* TooManyMouths: [[spoiler:All the Rest has ''millions'' of mouths inside of it that are all a few inches wide]].
wide.]]
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: There are no hints as to what state, country, or even continent that the story takes place in. [[spoiler:Given that All the Rest has traveled to multiple worlds, it may not even take place on Earth]].
Earth.]]

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''[[https://www.fictionpress.com/s/3340736/1/Day-of-the-Choosing Day of the Choosing]]'' is a horror short story by [[Tropers/DelphineTheDelphox Lily Alexander]].

In an unnamed city in the distant future, a ritual commences every ten years to determine who is worthy to remain in the city, or be exiled to an unknown fate. One man living with his wife and daughter attends the ritual with the other city inhabitants, fearful of what may happen to his family if they aren't chosen.

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!!''Day of the Choosing'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* BigBad: [[spoiler:All the Rest is a horrific abomination that is behind the ritual, and uses said ritual to feast upon innocents each decade]].
* DeathOfAChild: Many of the children in the city aren't chosen. Just like the adults, [[spoiler:they're fed to All the Rest]].
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The protagonist isn't chosen, and he along with thousands of other innocents are fed to All the Rest. It's also made clear that All the Rest will continue the ritual until it has devoured the entire planet]].
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler:All the Rest is a colossal deformed, fleshy mound that looks like pulsating tumor and is filled with millions of mouths]].
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:The protagonist is one of thousands of people who ends up not getting Chosen, and is consumed by All the Rest]].
* NoNameGiven: None of the characters in the story have names. Not even the protagonist.
* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler:All the Rest doesn't devour the population of the worlds it visits until ''after'' it finds another world with a viable food source. Instead, it keeps some of the population alive so its current food source remains stable]].
* TheReveal: What does it mean to be Chosen? You get to live another ten years. Those who aren't Chosen are [[spoiler:devoured by a giant EldritchAbomination, as the protagonist unfortunately finds out in the end]].
* TooManyMouths: [[spoiler:All the Rest has ''millions'' of mouths inside of it that are all a few inches wide]].
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: There are no hints as to what state, country, or even continent that the story takes place in. [[spoiler:Given that All the Rest has traveled to multiple worlds, it may not even take place on Earth]].

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