Welcome to the recontinuation of the Meta Writing Challenges! Anyone can participate, whether you first picked up a pen yesterday or you've published 20 books.
In line with the previous one (from several years ago), this includes a topic, a prompt, and also a challenge.
The topic of this challenge is contrasting opposites. Meaning, in your writing, contrast two different types of people (for example, brave vs cowardly), ideologies (such as good vs evil), or something similar (like sweet vs sour).
[character #1] looked around the bustling restaurant. "This place brings back memories," sighed [character #2], breaking [character #1]'s train of thought
You are free to modify this as long as the general sense is preserved.
Use the words "reticence" and "hubristic".
So to enter the challenge, you simply write something, and post it below. It can be a work in progress, and continue working on it while receiving feedback, or it can be a finished work - anything goes.
And of course, if you encounter any doubts related to the writing process, don't be shy and open a question on our main site!
You can submit your entries until the end of five weeks (originally shorter, but due to lower meta participation, everyone will get some time to see this). After the five weeks, we'll assess this post's participation before deciding to or not do another one.
You can either post the whole thing here, or, if you usually post your writing somewhere else, you can put a link here - although I'd advise putting something in to get people interested.
Remember: this is not a contest. This is merely for fun, and for some practice writing. There will (hopefully) be writers of all different skill levels posting - I'm certainly not super good.
You're welcome to provide feedback, but please make sure that it's constructive. And remember: Be Nice.
The age limit for this site is 13 (or 16 in some places) - so please avoid excessive graphic content or strong language.
Try to keep under the maximum character count for an answer (30,000 characters). If you have to extend, simply start a second answer.
Please, no downvoting answers. You can choose to not upvote, but no downvoting please.
I look forward to reading the submissions but most importantly, have fun!
The original meta post - How would having the writing challenges on Meta work out? - that started all this may be helpful. All of these challenges can be seen under the writing-exercise tag.