I knew that I would have a hard time with this judging thing. It's been great fun, but it's HARD! Everyone who posts here is so incredibly talented and creative. You made it very hard for me to choose.
However choose I did. And so, without further ado, this weeks winner is:
Steven Chapman with That warm fuzzy feeling inside. Steven, I have to say again how much I loved this story. The sense you give, of Mr. Oak's contentment and satisfaction with his solution to whatever poor neighbor Bill may have done to annoy him is just brilliant. This is a nice, tightly written, piece. And I have to admit, again, that it touched the revenge fantasy part of my wicked little mind, in all the right places.
I also have a runner-up this week. Though I hesitate to use that phrase really, because John Xero's (Rise) is a standout piece on its own. John, I love how you've captured, in so few words, the look and feel of Steampunk. Alfred is brilliant! I very much want to know more about these folks and what's happening with them.
They say that doing something new for the first time, is always the most difficult. In all honesty, I sincerely hope that you all continue to make my judging duties just as difficult as you did this week. I may have had a hard time, but I have loved how you've all challenged and entertained me this week.
So! Ready for the new words? (Drum roll, please!)
Wobbly (wobble is acceptable)
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the 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 as stems are fine.
You have until 11:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, February 14 , to get your entries in. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, February 15. Heh...just realized our deadline next week falls on Valentine's Day.
All right, darlings. Get to it and show me the love! And remember, love isn't always...pleasant!