We are having quite the Winter (one must capitalize it when the weather is this serious), and it has played merry hell with my internet connection. I started this post hours ago. I hope it lets me connect this time.
Last week you gave me a bountiful bouquet of stories, each one a treasure. It never ceases to amaze me how this little group of people is able to consistently turn out excellent pieces. I should start passing the judging baton around, so you all can see how difficult it is to choose winners each week. Not that I am complaining! I wouldn't have it any other way.
The winner this week is Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw with FEED ME. This story haunted my dreams. Literally. Very close second is Hangman by AJ Humpage. There is so much going on in this story and the last line is perfect. Ladies, we welcome you back whenever you want to share your work with us.
The tome is grumbling, and although the only words it gives are spat out, I get the sense it doesn't approve of vortexes, polar or otherwise.
I note, with suspicion, that those words could describe the tome itself. Let's see what we can conjure up with them!
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 until Friday evening.