Good Morning, all!
The Japanese maple tree outside my new bedroom window is starting to bloom. As my parents and I, now, live in the middle of the city, on a third floor, the city lights often reflect off of and light the tree when it's dark outside. It looks deliciously creepy that way, to be honest, and I have spent the last few sleepless nights gazing at it. It's barely begun to bloom, so it still looks mostly bare-boned in the yellowish glow of the streetlights out front. The blooms are tiny, bright green with deep reddish purple at the branch ends. The light of the night makes them look sickly yellow and blood red. I have conjured many dark images and bits of tales while my mind has climbed through it's darkened branches. Now, if I could only find the time to write them.
I see, however, that all of you have had time to write, and such lovely, dark things you have wrought! My deepest thanks to all!
Our winner this week is Antonia Woodville with : Infinity 95 : Antonia, your stories are always beautifully crafted, but something about the tone and phrasing of this REALLY caught my attention. Reading it was like being carried along on a tide. Lovely use of the prompts as well. Thank you!
The Tome has just arrived in our new digs from its travel back East to me. It looks a bit jet lagged, but has agreed to give forth new words.
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, May 2nd. Winners and words on Sunday, May 3d.
The Gates are Open!