#ThursThreads – Week 535 – Winners

Week 535 of #ThursThreads, and y’all never disappoint. We’re in Year 10 and that’s an accomplishment in itself! Thank you to all y’all for coming back to write for all these years. I couldn’t have done it without you. If you’ve just found us, welcome to the crew! You’re in good company. May you come back again and write more great flash. A thousand thanks to Mary Decker 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
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Eric Martell | @drmag00
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
  • Joel Sandersen | @Whirlwindsof
  • Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Mark A. Morris

Mary says: As always the challenge has been set and well met. I wish I could give you all an award, and I’m always amazed on how any given day you call can stand up and write something outstanding. You did not disappoint this week! Thank you for making me a part of your week!

Honorable Mentions

Eric Martell | @drmag00

Mary says: Fortunately, even with the bad days we’ve all had lately, it hasn’t been that bad – That story hit home and serves to remind us to keep an eye on what’s important.

Mark A. Morris

Mary says: Your story serves to remind us all to never trust a smiling Kzinti. (and a lot of afternoons spent in the Student Union.) You build the atmosphere well, and I would like to see more.

winner announcement

Week 535 Winner

Joel Sandersen | @Whirlwindsof

Mary says: Your story is tight, complete, but leaves a lot of room where you could build it up and out. I enjoyed the fact that the story was a test – but it wasn’t the test our hero expected. (or more to the point, the test give expected) Well played.

“Jerome Solomon, you are under arrest for mutiny, suspected murder, and several crimes against the Bioethics Replenishment project.”

Jerome turned back to see three of the maroon-suited jarheads, that the Congregation for Scientific Advancement used for security, approaching him.

“I have committed no crime. I simply commenced the planned Ark expedition early and liberated its crew from involuntary confinement and forced servitude.”

“Sir,” Simon’s voice hissed in his ear, “you also jettisoned Dr. Abelle without proper bulkhead reinforcement and ordered your computer to run an unlicensed mindwipe of the entire command structure of this facility.”

“Not helping, Simon,” Solomon gritted through his teeth.

“Mr. Solomon,” the guard growled, “do we need to take active measures?”

“You can send back up anytime now, Simon.”

“I’ll think about it,” the computer’s voice answered.

“Think about it, what is there to think about? Everything I did today was based on your model for my best escape route.”

“But you did it, sir, not me.” Simon answered, sounding oddly philosophical for a computer.

“Yes, of course I did it. I had to do it.” I had to be responsible, otherwise people would blame…” Jerome looked up, finally understanding, “they’d blame you.”

“Did I pass your test Simon?”

At that moment, five dock droids slammed into the jarheads.

“Yes, you treated me as a peer and not a machine and protected me.” Simon replied. “Now please run, we have five minutes before our launch window closes.”

Congratulations Three Time Winner Joel, and Honorable Mentions Eric and Mark! 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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