Or rather, it is a grey and bleak morning. It's fitting enough, I suppose. We write some pretty bleak stuff around these parts. And that is a beautiful thing.
The tome is glaring accusingly at me from the foot of my bed. Poor dear sounds like it might be suffering from a bit of indigestion from holding on to the new words. I shall make amends later. There's bacon in the fridge.
And so let's begin.
When I first took over The Prediction, RR and I decided that her Nate and Seth stories would not be considered for award each week, because we felt it might constitute a conflict of interest, as I co-author with her.
I am thrilled, however, to be able to announce that her Dining In? is my choice for first place this week. RR, this is just a brilliant bit of writing, all the way about. It's lushly descriptive. I've met the waitress with the lavender eye shadow, more than once. She's always a bit sketchy, isn't she? I believe that we have all visited an eatery that inspires just a bit of "not quite right", and you've captured that feeling perfectly here. And the reveal at the end is perfect. Thank you.
In second place is John Xero with (Alpha): Honestly, John, I had a really hard time deciding between this and (Rise). Both are fantastic entries. However, your use of the prompts in (Alpha) was incredibly smooth. The dialogue felt completely natural. And, as always, you've moved the story forward brilliantly in very few words. Thank you.
Finally, Honorable Mention this week, must go to Matt Farr with Generals: Matt, every now and again, one of us writes a tiny little story (that 100 word limit, you know...), that makes my head explode in thinking about a larger picture. This did that. A death on a battlefield is sadly commonplace in our world, but you've taken that, and expanded it into a consideration of the value and reality of faith. Thank you.
As always, you all gave the tome and I a run for our money, this week. Deciding was very difficult. Thank you.
And now, without further ado:
The tome has crawled off to nap beneath in the closet and I must get ready for work. Many thanks for your patience this week, my friends. I hope you find the words to your liking after the wait.
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.
You have until 11:30 PM EST on Thursday, May 16th, to get your entries in.. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, May 17th
The gates are open. Let the games begin!