Week 410 of #ThursThreads had many fantastic tales. I’m honored to see all the writers come to tie a tale as we close in on the end of 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 David Ludwig 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
- Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Mark A. Morris
- Joe Ganzer | @J_Thomas_Ganzer
- Rose Sharon Sogioka | @SSogioka
- Terry Brewer | @Stories2121
- Joel Sandersen | @jsandersen76
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Daelyn Morgana | @DaelynMorgana
- David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
- Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- M.T. Decker | @mishmhem
- P.T. Wyant | @PTWyant
- Tina Glasneck | @TinaGlasneck
Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
David says: Camilla and Valmong are really growing on me, and the prompt fit in seamlessly. I always appreciate a story I feel good after reading, and this was one.
Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
David says: I love the layers of manipulation Jay has in his toolkit even before his powers factor in. The scene thoroughly disturbed me, and I couldn’t get it out of my head.
Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
David says: This piece has a great disaster/post-apocalypse vibe to it, and I like the angle of looking back on the pandemic from the future. The visceral possibility of things going this way haunted me.
Week 410 Winner
David says: Competition was tight this week, and this story got all the bonus points with me! I like that it left me feeling good, and the prompt was broken up cleverly. The conditions are timely and the dialogue exciting. With three kids like that, I can believe Mommy gets headaches too.
Working from home? Easy. Roll out of bed, brush my teeth, grab coffee on the way to the corner that had become my office, and voilà! Then my sister got sick. And my nephews and niece came to stay. They don’t understand the word quiet. Or work. Or “I’m on the phone, shut the fuck up!” Which I’d never say out loud because…little ears. And clients.
But this Zoom meeting was important. Like my-job-depends-on-this important. I smiled, launching into my analysis of his company’s ad campaign. Rumor said he had mob ties but was going legit. “There was no—”
“Resistance is futile!” my five-year-old nephew yelled, chasing his big brother into my bedroom and across the bed behind me, crashing the professional background I’d spent days constructing.
I buried my face in my hands, afraid to look at the man who might have become my client.
“Aunt Ty-ty?” A little hand patted my head. “You okay? You gotta a headache? Mommy gets those too.” My six-year old niece. Then she giggled. “Hi, hi! Do I know you? I’m not s’posed to talk to strangers, you know.”
Opening one eye, I peeked at the dangerously handsome man on-screen. Staring at me. Before I could apologize, a deep chuckle streamed from my laptop, echoed by Kiki’s giggle.
“Just kill me now.”
“Do you mind if I wait until after our first date?”
Wait, did that mean he’d kill me after the date? Wait. He wanted a date?!?! “Uhm…sure.”
Congratulations FORTY-ONE TIME WINNER Silver, and Honorable Mentions Katheryn, Cara, and Bill! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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