#ThursThreads – Week 470 – Winners

Week 470 of #ThursThreads had many fantastic tales. What an amazing feat we’ve pulled off. Nine years! If you’ve been doing it a while, thank you for coming back each week. If you’ve just found us, welcome! You’re in good company. May you come back again and write more great flash. A thousand thanks to George Varhalmi for judging this week. Check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on Facebook or the #ThursThreads Group on MeWe to keep up with news, etc.


  • Joseph P. Garland | @JPGarlandAuthor
  • Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
  • Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Miya Kressin | @miya_kressin
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • M.T. Decker | @mishmhem
  • Catherine Verdier | @CatheVerdier

Honorable Mentions

Silver James | @SilverJames_

George says: Great emotion and setup with the dialogue. I found the dialogue to be good but I had no sense of where we are which may be result of the snippet being in the middle of a larger scene. I needed a little more context.

Miya Kressin | @miya_kressin

George says: Fun little tale about play. I liked the BDSM element to the story that ended with the opening to the next scene where the action was heading to. There could have been more to the dialogue but it was good within the available word count.

winner announcement

Week 470 Winner

David A. Ludiwg | @DavidALudwig

George says: I liked the flow of the tale. It had some emotion and the snark was great. A little more dialogue would have been nice to add a little more depth. Overall, it was a great tale and my winner.

Lord Kader scowled over his steepled knobby fingers and across his impressive stone table. His blood hadn’t boiled like this in centuries. Anger was politically disadvantageous. But the presence of a booster seat in his grand study was damn near enough to send him into a rage. The human looking coolly back at him didn’t make maintaining his composure any easier. The sultan’s puppet.

“As a patriot,” Kader rumbled like approaching thunder. “I am in complete support of our mighty navy. However, your proposed budget takes us back to wartime level expenditures. How can you justify that under current geopolitical conditions?”

Even with the booster seat, Sword Admiral Jasna Saifullah couldn’t reach the surface of the stone table and so kept her hands placidly folded in her lap.

“The war isn’t over yet.”

Insolent whelp! Kader could rip her limbs from her body with a mere thought, and yet she acted like she was in control here. He stabbed the papers laid before him with an emphatic finger.

“Why are we funding a lunatic’s research?! Her former captain repeatedly reported on the danger of her ideas and her unreliability!”

Was that a hardening of the human’s jaw?

“Captain Rashid has the intellectual capacity of basalt. I’m not in the mood for games; we didn’t develop the most advanced ship in the Known World to sit on our hands while the other powers carve up Elementia. We need a gun worthy of the Djinn Castle, and Saffi Bashar can develop it.”

Congratulations Ten Time Winner David, and Honorable Mentions Silver, and Miya! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

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