#ThursThreads – Week 412 – Winners

Week 412 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 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.


  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • JP Garland | @JPGarlandAuthor
  • Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Mark A. Morris
  • Tina Glasneck | @TinaGlasneck
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
  • Joel Sandersen | @jsandersen76
  • Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
  • M.T. Decker | @mishmhem

Crystal says: In these trying times taking a break from the madness going around me. All of your stories were very entertaining. I’ve been working 16 plus hours some days trying to keep spirits up. All of you are fantastic writers and needed a much needed break from reality for just a few. Be safe and smart out there. Now for the winners.

Honorable Mentions

Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears

Crystal says: We have a huge Amphitheater here were I live and some days you can here the concerts going on. When we do go we always sit on the hill. Hubby is always aware of all the people. Trying to get out gets me very stressed out. Great story and use of prompt.

Mark A. Morris

Crystal says: Who doesn’t love a great superhero story or movie. Got to love Ant-Man. Great story. Sort of reminds me of the popular kids being paired up with the not so popular kids. Love the use of the prompt.

Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea

Crystal says: During these times of Covid we try to reflect on what we have and had. What we are missing and what we don’t need. Love your story but sad in the end when she ended her life. But maybe she just wanted him and he didn’t.

winner announcement

Week 412 Winner

Joel Sandersen | @jsandersen76

Crystal says: Love your story. My mind was going in a very wrong direction till the end. What a way to cheat. Can never go wrong with doughnuts especially from Dunking Doughnuts. Now I need to get some for work. Great use of the prompt.

I should have not come here, I told myself for the hundredth time.

I put my hand on the door handle and hesitated. If I turned around now, no one would be the wiser.

It’s not cheating, if you just think about it. It’s only cheating, if you go through with it.

Thinking about it is only temptation.

But what a wonderful, intoxicating temptation.

It’s the temptation that leads me to desire things that lead to pain and heartache. A temptation that has driven me to the brink again.

Going in would destroy everything I worked for.

I told her I wouldn’t come back here again.

That the last time really was the last time.

That she means more to me than anything else in the world and I want to spend the rest of my life with her.

Just coming here tonight is a violation of that trust.

I step back from the door, pacing on the sidewalk.

I reach for the door handle, and then start to turn away, ‘I can do this’, I tell myself.

Just then a man pushes by me and goes in, and I can see it all, my heart’s desire laid out for me.

I should not be here.

A young woman looks at me, her smile beckoning me in.

And I fall.

I cheat again.

She smiles, her voice the siren song of temptation.

“Welcome to Dunkin’ Donuts, can I take your order?”

Congratulations Winner Joel, and Honorable Mentions Mark, Mark, and Bill! 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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