Miss Colleen is consumed with matters great and small...which is to say that she's buried under a mound of crap life has foisted upon her and is currently attempting to dig herself out. My particular camels are not so overburdened, having eaten half the straw that threatened to break their backs. Convenient, that, although perhaps not to the straw merchant. At any rate, I have stepped in to do the hosting honors for the nonce.
What an amazing group of writers we have here! The variety and depth of the stories never ceases to amaze me, and while the nature of a challenge demands a winner, I want you all to know how very much I value you sharing your talents with us. The support we show each other in commenting when we can is another reason to cherish this community. Thank you for any and all of that.
The winner this week is Zaiure for Wolf. There's a surprising amount of world building for so few words, and the tension was delightful.
Runner up goes to Noah Heinrich for The Hunters of 228 Orchard Lane, which has one of the best twist endings I've read in a long time.
The Tome has fled New England and the post-Boston Marathon party crowd (it being more than a little misanthropic) and arrived to cough up these words and slink off for a well-deserved rest:
They seem so innocuous, but I have no doubt you will stun me with how creatively you use 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. Serialized fiction is, as
always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine.
Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or
whichever social media best pleases you and, if you like, remind your
friends that we are open to new and returning writers.
You have until Saturday, April 25. Winners and words
on Sunday, April 26.
The Gates are Open!