That could describe the headache I've battled since last night, but also the way a story can slide into your head and stay there, a growing presence that requires you to go back and read it again and again. That's what makes a winning entry, at least for me - the sort of story that grabs me and won't let go, so I find myself thinking about it when I'm driving or working in the garden.
This week, there wasn't a single story I didn't think about more than once. Since I have to pick, I'm going with Misdirection by Sandra Davies. That gut-wrenching piece haunted me, not least because it echoes every parent's nightmare of their child being lost or stolen.
Second runner up goes to Noah Heinrich for The Sales Pitch. Very convincing, indeed.
I must give honorable mention to Michael B. Fletcher, whose first ever entry, Fat Chance, was not only delightful, but used all three prompts AND gave us a whole story in just 31 words. I can't wait to see what you do with the full contingent!
And now, the Tome has nudged me so hard I've almost fallen off my chair, and offers us these 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. All variants and use of the
words and stems are fine. You have until Friday evening.
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.