The tome has awakened. I was quite concerned for a bit there. I'd unwrapped it earlier, and discovered it still bound tight in its silken coverings. I let it rest as instructed and have tried to ignore the intermittent gurgling and twitching. Several moments ago, the covering tore open with much gnashing of teeth and a very loud growl, and it revealed itself to me. It has since happily eaten the last of its wrappings and a napkin left on the table from dinner and belched forth this week's words.
Before I reveal them, I'd like to beg your indulgence for just a moment. I cannot tell you how honored I am to be the new caretaker of The Prediction. RR can tell you, I have never considered myself a writer. I scribble. And that's that. However, from my very first visit to The Prediction, when it was still with Lily, and on through its time in Phil's care, those of you who play each week have greeted my efforts with enthusiasm and more support than I could ever have hoped for. I am challenged, and inspired each week by all of you.
I won't lie and say that deciding to give the tome a new home wasn't a hard decision, knowing that I would no longer be able to compete in the weekly challenge, but it is one I'm so glad I made. I can already tell I'm going to love doing this thing.
The tome is growling again, and giving me pointed stares from its perch on the table. I believe it is time to start the show.
So what words did the little darling disgorge? They are as follows:
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 7, to get your entries in. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, February 8. I apologize in advance for mucking with the timing a bit. I'm hoping the new times will make the time zone issue a bit easier for everyone to deal with, and admittedly, give me a bit of extra time for judging. I'll own up to being QUITE nervous about that bit!
I still have so much to learn about how all this works, but I'm so very happy to have been able to provide a new space for The Prediction!
Let the games begin!