Week 394 of #ThursThreads had many fantastic tales. I’m honored to see all the writers come to tie a tale halfway through 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 Paige 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.
- Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Eric Martell | @drmag00
- BA Tortuga | @batortuga
- Mark A. Morris
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
- Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles
- Kel J. Heinen | @Aightball
- Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
- M.T. Decker | @mishmhem
Eric Martell | @drmag00
Paige says: What a lovely interaction between what I assume is a new husband and wife before she takes out her new stepdaughter. Eric beautifully captures the trepidation every new stepparent feels and it’s so genuine and heartfelt.
BA Tortuga | @batortuga
Paige says: I absolutely love this scene between what I assume is a father and his children. By the end, I totally feel his frustration at dealing with his hellion kids and am also in need of a beer. Fabulous job!
Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
Paige says: OMG I love it! I can totally picture a conversation with an ancient dragon going exactly like this! (The dragon might have Sean Connery’s voice in my head, thanks to a certain movie) He’s so arrogant and AWESOME. I’d love if this were expanded.
Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
Paige says: Special honorable mention. The action is immediate and I’m drawn to the characters right away. They’re dry and dark and gritty—like every cop I’ve ever known. And like I’d picture a vampire to be (no sparkles here!) Siobhan captured the image of vampire cop perfectly and I hope to see so much more.
Week 394 Winner
Paige says: I’m very intrigued by the premise. What are shamblers? Are they zombies? Will there be more of the story? I’m already hooked! There was quite a bit of world building in such a short amount of words. Excellent job!!
I did my best to keep to the shadows. Being seen these days was rarely a good thing. People were roving in gangs if they were roving at all. More and more people were being divided into the shamblers and those who would be shambling soon enough.
I opened my senses as I tried to get a feel for the over sized mall. Even before the dead stopped dying, this place had been abandoned.
It was built in the ‘70s to serve the shopping needs of folks on the west side of town. Time, competition and a series of murders kind of took the charm out of the place.
That made it the perfect place to set up camp, mainly because there was nothing left to scavenge here.
I staked my claim to one of the storerooms on the second floor.and was on my way out when I met Oscar, or more the point, I met his Louisville Slugger.
The introduction ended in a lot of sparks and pain, and then blackness.
When I came to, I was sprawled out on the floor, with Oscar standing watch. I guess he realized things weren’t quite what they seemed.
“Hello?” I asked experimentally.
“Hey, sorry— thought you were a shambler.”
I blinked. “Do I look like…”
“I’m twelve?” he half asked, half stated. “Everyone looks like they’re big, shambling and dangerous.”
He had a point.
Congratulations Six Time Winner Mary, and Honorable Mentions Eric, BA, and Cara! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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