#ThursThreads – Week 552 – Winners

Week 551 of #ThursThreads, and y’all never disappoint. We’re more than halfway through our tenth year and the time is flying. Thank you to everyone who writes each week. 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 Cara Michaels 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
  • Joe Hesch | @JAHesch
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Mark A. Morris
  • Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles
  • Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
  • Daelyn Morgana | @DaelynMorgana
  • Eric Martell | @drmag00

Honorable Mentions

Eric Martell | @drmag00

Cara says: The way I heard “ah-ooh-gah” in my head, lol. I definitely want to know what these two are on.

Teresa Eccles | @TeresaMEccles

Cara says: Eris and Ares spurring on their dysfunctional family feuds is the perfect petty vengeance for those missed invitations.

Special Mention for piquing the judge’s curiosity

Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir

Cara says: I totally get Nichelle’s reluctance to step into the maw of a giant skull, but what a cool visual. And “bone meal” totally made me laugh.

winner announcement

Mark Ethridge

Week 552 Winner

Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears

Cara says: I love this. Science and nanomachines responsible for the fantasy elements of the world? And your “magic-users” are the ones who can talk to these little machines? Very cool mash-up of tech and fantasy.

“You what?”

“Diversified their DNA.”

“What does that mean?”

A holographic image of 46 chromosomes, arranged in 23 pairs took shape in the air. The machines explained, as the images changed, “For example. We edited human DNA to give them wings, and hollow bones, and make them fairies.”

“So you turned humans into something other than humans?”

“No.” The hologram changed to show human, fairy, dragon, and angel chromosome sets. “97% of human DNA has not been changed.”

Sunshine shook her head. “Don’t make me laugh. Humans don’t have wings. They can’t fly.”

“That’s what Merlin said.”

Sunshine laughed so hard it hurt.

The machines continued, “We also paired with humans.”

Sunshine stopped laughing, and took a deep breath. “What does that mean?”

“You can’t see most of us. We are tiny. We are in the air you breathe, the ground you walk on, the water you drink, the food you eat, the trees, the flowers, the animals, and each of you.”

“In us?”

“We are ubiquitous. We are everywhere on Cylinders.”

“So you control us? You decide what we will be, what we do, how we live?”

“No. We only do what you ask us to do.” The machines paused. “Most of you never ask.”

Sunshine stood silent. It all finally fit together in her mind. “You are the wild magic. And the black magic. And the white magic.”


“And some of us are able to talk with you when we are born.”


Congratulations Eighteen Time Winner Mark, and Honorable Mentions Eric and Teresa! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

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