#ThursThreads – Week 402 – Winners

Week 402 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 Crystal Brown 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
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Joe Hesch | @JAHesch
  • Mark A. Morris
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Daelyn Morgana | @DaelynMorgana
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Kel J. Heinen | @Aightball

Honorable Mentions

Silver James | @SilverJames_

Crystal says: who doesn’t love a good mermaid or this story Merman. Would make a great series. Hint hint. Great story and use of the prompt. Story of Mermen would be hot.

Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila

Crystal says: Great story. Love your use of the prompt and your entire story leaves me wanting more. At first I thought Valmong was the bad guy but in the end felt like he was saving is lover.

David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig

Crystal says: Everyone loves a good pirate tale. Had a feel of Pirates of the Caribbean feel. With ghost pirates and everything. Great use of the prompt.

winner announcement

Week 402 Winner

Joe Hesch | @JAHesch

Crystal says: can relate to your story. I have a father in law who is fighting Alzheimer’s and it’s a struggle everyday and now he doesn’t know who I am. But on another note I hate that insurance commercial with the Emu. I laughed when you called it a stupid fucking bird. Great story.

“Where’s Rosalie?” Pat Bowman asked as he peered over his son Mark’s shoulder toward the front door.

“She was here this morning, Dad,” Mark said with a sigh. He sighed a lot these days, though tried not to.

“Wasn’t that Becca?” Pat said.

“Well, yeah. Becca was here. Rosalie came this morning.”

“I would’ve sworn…” Pat’s attention refocused on the television.

“She’s the one who came earlier, Dad. Trust me.” Mark decided to hold a big inhale this time. Therapists explained his father’s condition would become frustrating. Then would come the hard part.

“Who the hell thought this stupid ostrich was a good idea to sell insurance,” the retired executive said.

“It’s an emu, Dad. But you’re right.”

“Stupid fucking bird. Assholes must think we’re idiots. If some ad man brought me this concept I’d throw him out the window. See if he could fly like some damn ostrich.”

“Relax, Dad. It’s only a commercial.” Mark was seeing more of these tirades all the time.

“When the hell is Rosalie coming? Was that a car?” Pat said.

“Sit. It IS Rosalie’s car,” Mark sighed with relief in his voice.

“Hi. I’ll take over now. Hi, Dad,” Rosalie said as she breezed into the living room.

“Thanks, Ro. Bye, Dad.” Mark said.

“So, is there anything I can do? Need a drink, something to eat?” Rosalie said. She stepped between her father and the television screen.

“Yeah, get outta the way and tell me who that kid was who just left?”

Congratulations Four Time Winner Joe, and Honorable Mentions Silver, Katheryn, and David! 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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