Week 364 of #ThursThreads had many fantastic tales. I’m honored to see all the writers come to tie a tale as we start our eighth year. If you’ve been doing it a while, thank you. If you’ve just found us, welcome! May you come back again and write more great flash. Thousand thanks to Eric Martell for judging this week. Check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on Facebook or the #ThursThreads Group on MeWe to keep up with news, etc.
- Mason Bushell | @MBWorkhouse
- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
- Tari Jewett | @TariLynnJewett
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Jo Hawk
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Catherine Derham | @Cate_Derham
- Atticus Stryker | @TAFORU
- Daelyn Morgana | @DaelynMorgana
- David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
- Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles
- Kel J. Heinen | @Aightball
- M.T. Decker | @mishmhem
Atticus Stryker | @TAFORU
Eric says: An oblique reference to a current political situation wrapped in a short spy thriller. I wonder if there’s a 2019 version of Deep Throat out there.
Catherine Derham | @Cate_Derham
Eric says: Independence Day – what a day to be independent of rules! Oh, but the consequences…
Eric says: Writing matters, for all of us.
7th Anniversary, Week 364 Winner
Eric says: A wonderful interaction between her author and her characters. Oh, the things we do to people.
I tapped my nails against the keyboard with a deep frown, muttering profanities and tangents under my breath.
“Why’d you stop? You were writing, I saw you writing.”
“Because I’m stuck.” I snorted, glaring upwards. “You’re in my head. How the hell do you see me writing?”
“The same way I hear anything you hear, duh.”
I rolled my eyes. “Smartass.”
“Oh just keep writing, Morgana. I’d like to get out of that hideous box you just shoved me in, and that’s only going to happen if you keep writing.” Kailyn shivered, an action that slithered down my own spine. It was a pretty evil, diabolically smart predicament Ciara created against her.
“Technically I didn’t put you there, that was-”
“I don’t give a flying fuck about technicalities! Just write me out of it!”
I sat for a moment, pondering. “Nahh. Not yet. That’d be no fun.”
Kailyn growled. Even when she resided only in my head and on the pages before me I could feel her murderous glare. Good thing she can’t actually curse me.
“Fake witch,” she mutters with a hiss under her breath.
Naturally, I heard that and glared at my forehead again. “Disney witch!”
She barked out a sharp laugh but I knew how much she hated the return insult. “Like Disney would ever pick up a story as dark as mine. Now write. Or I’ll haunt your every waking and non-waking moment.”
“You already do that,” I muttered, but returned to tapping out sentences.
Congratulations Five Time Winner Daelyn, and Honorable Mentions Atticus, Catherine, and Jo! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
Pass on the great news on Twitter, Facebook, MeWe, shiny mirrors, Morse Code, and signal flags. Check out all the original tales HERE. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! 🙂
As a special addition since I’ve been hosting this challenge for a long time now, I’ve seen a lot of you grow in your writing (me too, frankly). There are some prizes left over and I wanted to award them to some of the fantastic writers I’ve met along this path. There were a couple of tales that really hit me in the feels and I’m giving the last prizes to those folks because y’all really know how to reach this woman’s heart.
Silver James | @SilverJames_
This story wasn’t what I expected. The badass Wolf shifter who didn’t do gentle and the woman weeping on the street made me think it would be about power and dominance. But the ending of simply offering his hand and a hello really grabbed my heart with the sweetness. It was perfect and I loved it.
M.T. Decker | @mishmhem
LOL this made me laugh so hard. I could feel the cop’s frustration and building annoyance at the witness-who-wasn’t. And that last line of “Photographic memory. Every cop has it.” Damn near made me spit my coffee across the keyboard. Thank you very much for the laugh.
David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
Being a parent is tough. You want the kids to learn the rules and make things easier for them, but you don’t want to repeat your parents’ mistakes or stifle the creative energy that resides in your kids. I totally understood the bewilderment of Vedania at the end. Does she tell the kid to quit doodling or does she let that creativity blossom in hopes it will help her kid learn? Tough call and one I know well.
To all the winners:
Please contact Siobhan to let her know which prize you would like and to make arrangements to get it to you.