Winter continues to be a challenge this year, no matter where you live. We've all had harsh weather, and the rough stretch that is February seems a bit rougher this year. I'm more than ready for this season to be over, not least because going anywhere is more than a little problematic in the cold and snow and wet muck. Luckily, we have this space in which to escape from time to time and visit the twisted worlds we each create and share.
Excellent work from all last week, making the choice difficult. I give the win to Antonia Woodville for Infinity 43. Sustaining emotional resonance in a long series is such a challenge, and she knocked it out of the park this week.
The Tome is also restless and a bit cranky, so it was a challenge to pull the words from it this week. And yet, I have full faith you will all create excellent work with these:
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.
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