#ThursThreads – Week 455 – Winners

Week 455 of #ThursThreads had many fantastic tales. I’m honored to see all the writers come to tie a tale as we head toward the end of our ninth year. If you’ve been doing it a while, thank you for sticking with us. If you’ve just found us, welcome! May you come back again and write more great flash. Thousand thanks to Rose Sogioka 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
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Richard Gibney | @ragtaggiggagon
  • Charlene Mertz | @rrats1231
  • A.J. Walker | @zevonesque
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Mark A. Morris
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Stacy Bennett | @SBennettWrites
  • M.T. Decker | @mishmhem

Honorable Mentions

Mark A. Morris

Rose says: So much drama. Nicely woven and went in a direction I didn’t expect. Great tale.

David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig

Rose says: Loved the tension in this tale and how it ramped up with the discovery. Nicely done.

winner announcement

Mary Decker

Week 455 Winner

M.T. Decker | @mishmhem

Rose says: She reminds us that magical or not, words have power, power that can lift you up and define yourself.


There are words, phrases we should never utter. Words of have power here, the power of intent. When you speak them, whether they are heard or not, the power goes where it will and intent has consequences. These are the words you must unlearn.”

Then there are the words and phrases, whose power is stronger than any other. Soft words, that can overpower even the strongest of emotions.

Words like ‘love’, ‘kindness’, ‘agape.’ These are the words that you must learn.

When you put evil out into the world, it takes on a life of its own. It strikes at people needlessly— people who are already alone, and hurting and they see it as a sign that the universe is against them.

It is not. The universe itself does not care. It is inanimate, and it is we who must make our way in it it does not help or hinder. It simply is.

As for the man who hates? You can say ‘he should have been alone’ and to that I say, he was and that was where his hate was born, under the full moon of self-loathing and pain.

He should have been alone in his hate, but put those words out into the universe and they were answered. I say— he should not have been alone. There should have been someone to correct him and bring him back to the words of true power.

Hate destroys what love builds, but love echoes on.

Congratulations Sixteen Time Winner M.T., and Honorable Mentions Mark 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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