Week 383 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 Patty Knowles for judging this week. Check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on Facebook or the #ThursThreads Group on MeWe to keep up with news, etc.
- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Jo Hawk | @JoHawktheWriter
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Eric Martell | @drmag00
- Richard Gibney | @ragtaggiggagon
- Mark A. Morris
- Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles
- Terry Brewer | @Stories2121
- Atticus Stryker | @TAFORU
- Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Kel J. Heinen | @Aightball
- Charlene Mertz | @rrats1231
- David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
- Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
- Dakota Trace | @dakota75
Silver James | @SilverJames_
Patty says: This entry has a good mix of characterized vocabulary. The sister’s vocabulary is complex. In contrast, the brother’s is mostly fragments. On the theme…which is worse—the betrayal of a lover or the betrayal of a brother? I like that she refuses to betray her uncertain future happiness. I hope she holds to this rejection of her brother. He knows her. How will he use his knowledge against her? This hook catches my attention. I could read more.
Dakota Trace | @dakota75
Patty says: Ever the romantic, I felt the character’s emotions as this story began with that hopeless feeling of being alone, the relentless nagging of the friend, and the heart-stopping moment when hope begins again.
Atticus Stryker | @TAFORU
Patty says: Touché. This scene reads quickly with no surprises. Gracie makes easy work of getting the truth. I’m sure the prosecutor is standing behind the scenes with his mouth hanging open. Every detail fits perfectly, even the cry of fake evidence.
Week 383 Winner
Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles
Patty says: This is an innocent story that has a rather dubious-sounding introduction. A double-bribe to get someone to do Bree’s will. Life often works that way. I paused at the word “instructions.” My brain had to reset but in a good way. The unexpected twist at the end had me smiling. I hate assembling anything myself. The Mississippi Mud cake would convince me to try! I like that this whole scene rounds itself out.
Doubt and desperation fill Bree as she faces the fallout of her recklessness. Turning to her best friend, Treena, she pleads, “Could you get Darius on board?”
Nodding, Treena responds, “I could.”
“Work on him. We need his help for this to come together.”
“I just have to work my womanly ways on him. And he’ll expect you to give him a little something as well.” Treena wiggles her eyebrows at Bree.
“I’ve already got something in mind he’s really gonna like.”
“I’ll call him.”
Treena walks out with the phone to her ear. Bree hears her friend’s muffled voice, but can’t make out her words. Hoping for the best, Treena begins her preparations for Darius’s arrival.
A half hour later brings a loud knock on the door and Darius bursts in.
“Okay, ladies. What have you got for me? Mmmm . . .” He breathes in a deep breath. “Somebody’s got it smelling gooooood in here.”
“Treena tells me you need my help with a little problem?” Darius’s head swivels around the room. “I see she didn’t overstate the issue. Payment?”
“In the kitchen. It’s a recipe called Mississippi Mud Cake. I think you’re gonna like it.”
“So, you threw away the instructions?”
“It was an accident! I dumped all the parts out and heard the garbage truck coming down the street so I ran out with the box. It’s Erin’s birthday and she really wants a doll house!”
“No worries. I just did one like this for Rachie.”
Congratulations Two Time Winner Teresa, and Honorable Mentions Silver, Dakota, and Atticus! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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