Friday, June 29, 2012

#ThursThreads - Week 28 - Winners

Week 28 of #ThursThreads had some great tales! Thanks to all who entered this week. I'm honored to see all of you and read your stories. And it was great to have some new "faces" join us along with our returning regulars. Great thanks also goes to judge CR Moss for reading all the tales.

  • Angelique Rider | @Angelique_Rider
  • Toni Wyatt | @Toni1777
  • Jeffrey Hollar | @Klingorengi
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Rafe B. | @etcet
  • Bethany Lopez | @BethanyLopez2
  • Lisa McCourt Hollar | @jezri1
  • Stacy Bennett-Hoyt | @Rowanwolf66
  • Rebecca Kovar | @RRKovar
  • Goran Zidar | @GZidar
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Nellie Batz | @solimond
  • David Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Kay Phoenix | @KayPhoenix_
  • Rebekah Postupak | @postupak
CR says: Siobhan, thank you for allowing me to judge this week. I feel privileged to have read all these great pieces of flash fiction. Wow. So many good short stories! It made choosing a winner difficult.

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions

Rafe B. | @etcet
  CR says: Time-slip -- The piece read like poetry, evoked feelings. Loved the last line. It reminded me of the literary works I enjoyed reading in and out of college.

Rebecca Kovar | @RRKovar
CR says: Origins -- Before I fell in love with the romance genre (no pun intended), I was into horror stories and dark fiction. I liked the characterization of the man and the background of the witches and children. The pacing at the end of the story was done well too. This short piece pulled me in and kept my interest.

Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
CR says: Princess Emmeline's baby -- This, too, was a darker piece. I loved the fast pace of this story, the type of pregnancy, delivery and baby she had and what the other woman found in the way of food. I especially enjoyed the last couple of lines, which made my quirky sense of humor sit up and take notice.

Week 28 Winner

  CR says: Sacrifice -- This piece fed my love of dark fiction as well. I chose this as the winner because the writer did a wonderful job, packing in so much description and depth into such a short space. There was some good world building done in the limited time as well. At the end I wanted to know more. I wouldn't mind seeing this made into a longer story. :)

The body lay in perfect repose, the gauzy red fabric draping over top. Whoever had placed the body made sure the make-up and hair was perfect, manicured fingers folded atop each other on her stomach. Incense burners worked at pushing out the scented smoke, giving the room a hazy look. There were gifts around the alter. Flowers, fruit, bits of silver coin.

"They take this seriously." Marvin muttered to his companion, watching as an elderly man stepped through the doorway, holding out a platter that held a golden cup, liquid sloshing back and forth against the sides. "Wine?"

"Blood." Jenkins folded his arms, watching. The light reflected off his lenses as he lowered his chin. "To entice the senses for when she wakes up. They found out she was pregnant. Did they tell you that?"
Marvin gave him a startled look as his head shook side to side. "But…why did they do it then?"

Supposedly, the child will come back blessed. It was the sacrifice."

The other man gave another shake of his head. "How can a mother allow that to happen. That's just-just horrible."

"Different culture. They see some of ours as the same."

The old man put the cup down and bowed to the form before going out, nodding to them as the door was closed, sealing them in with the deceased woman.

"Now what, sir?"

"Now we wait and see if she wakes up at all and that she doesn't dine on the people in the village."

Congratulations Nellie, Sheilagh, Rebecca, and Rafe! Claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it! :)

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