#ThursThreads – Week 374 – Winners

Week 374 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 Nikki Prince for judging this week. Check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on Facebook or the #ThursThreads Group on MeWe to keep up with news, etc.


  • Terry Brewer | @Stories2121
  • Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
  • Jo Hawk | @JoHawktheWriter
  • Richard Gibney | @ragtaggiggagon
  • Kristin Record | @wickedrambling
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Mark A. Morris
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Paige Prince | @paige_prince
  • Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Ever Addams | @EverAddams
  • Kel J. Heinen | @Aightball
  • Daelyn Morgana | @DaelynMorgana
  • Veronica Jorden | @RevolutionaryVJ

Nikki says: First, I’d like to say that all the tales were great, and it was hard to choose. Thank you so much for playing along and sharing your creativity with me.

Honorable Mentions

Jo Hawk | @JoHawkTheWriter

Nikki says: “The fleeting thoughts of leaving him began to coalesce in her mind.” Wonderful word choice. I really felt the main characters fear. I wanted to know what was going to happen and if she got away.

Silver James | @SilverJames_

Nikki says: Absolutely loved this tale. My favorite line, “He kissed me breathless, and proved me wrong.” Beautiful and romantic.

Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea

Nikki says: Thank you for showcasing current news in your story. This spoke to how most of us felt/feel.

Kristin Record | @wickedrambling

Nikki says: The world building in such few words, I adored it. I was there with Sol fleeing…

winner announcement

Week 374 Winner

Ever Addams | @EverAddams

Nikki says: I loved this tale from the first sentence I was interested to see where the author was going with it. When Hassa began to describe the male character, I was hooked. This story made me feel and as a reader that is what you want when you read a story. I do hope this is part of a bigger story or will be turned into one. More give me more! This read like a wonderful romantic tale, poetic, like being caressed by a beautiful sonata. Kudos.

– Illuminated –

Hassa woke to rain pattering on the windowpanes and tapping on the tin roof. She stretched, taking joy in the warmth and safety, until her shoulder connected with something solid, something sobering. She didn’t need the glow of embers in the makeshift fireplace to know what – or rather who – was beside her.

Eyes still closed, she sifted through flashes of him. Soft as sunrise when meeting her sons. Bold as gunpowder when standing his ground against the horse thieves. Patient as a goddamn saint when … when was he not? Oh, but he hadn’t been patient last night. He’d been hungry mouth and rough hands and sleek thighs. Holy. Fuck. Those. Beautiful. Powerful. Thighs.

She shifted, slowly. Just enough to see his sleeping profile. Everything about him was golden, toasted, earthy. Skin the color of walnuts at harvest. Eyes like crescent moons fringed by sparse lashes dark as a winter midnight. Eyes sharp as a falcon’s. Eyes like glowing topaz. Knowing. Wise. Luminous. Eyes.

She traced his brow with impetuous fingers. “I don’t need you. I don’t want you. And I damn sure don’t want to want you. But yesterday, after … I would have believed anything you said. I deserved to be cut down to size. Shamed. Reviled. Abandoned. Why didn’t you humble me, Yoo Ruan?”

His answer was a sleepy mumble. “It’s dark under the lamp.”

She leaned close. “I don’t understand your proverbs.”

“I’ll translate,” he said, pulling her into a kiss.

Congratulations Three Time Winner Ever, and Honorable Mentions Jo, Silver, Bill, and Kristin! 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! 🙂

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