Alas, my desire to get to winners and words early was a bust. That's what happens when one has a day job. Also what happens when it snows quite a bit and someone runs you off the road into a ditch. I have managed to make it home, only a little worse for wear.
Judging the entries from last week has been really difficult. There were so many good stories. I am truly grateful to all of you for coming here each week (or as you're able) to share your stories and give feedback to your fellow writers. This was a robust week, and I appreciate your enthusiasm.
Edging out the competition this week is Zaiure, with Twice-Born. The world building in so few words is impressive, and the whole thing was both beautiful and disconcerting.
A most honorable mention goes to John Xero for his latest installment of (rise). I want so much for this to be a full-length book some day, so I can find out what happens to Olivia and George, et al without waiting.
The Tome has offered up these words for our perusal and delight.
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding 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 and stems are fine. You have one week. I can't wait to see what tales you tell!