Friday, October 19, 2012

#ThursThreads - Week 43 - Winners

Week 43 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. It was great to have our returning regulars and some new "faces". Great thanks also goes to judge Randi Alexander for reading all the tales.

  • Elaine Hillson | @tollykit
  • Rafe B | @etcet
  • Toni Wyatt | @Toni1777
  • Charles W Jones | @ChuckWesJ
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Robin Abess | @Angelique_Rider
  • Emily Kay Yenawine
  • Kel Heinen | @Aightball
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • David A Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Revo Boulanger | @RevoBoulanger
  • Nellie Batz | @solimond
  • Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
  • Aurora Lee | @AuroraLee
  • Rebecca R Kovar | @RRKovar
Randi says: It was a very difficult choice. Each of the stories kept my interest and flowed well. Thanks so much for letting me judge the contest, and congratulations to each of the contestants. Keep writing!

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions

David A Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
Randi says: His soup kitchen story was very descriptive and clever, with a surprise ending that had me grinning.
  Rafe B | @etcet
Randi says: Rafe's story pulled me in, first imagining a fantasy world at war - then twisting it around. It made me laugh out loud.

Nellie Batz| @solimond
Randi says: The scene at the hostel caught my attention. Dramatic and compelling, I wanted to read more.

Robin Abess | @Angelique_Rider
Randi says: The story of a lost child swapped for another was disturbing yet fascinating. A great plot and well written prose.

Week 43 Winner

Cara Michaels | @caramichaels

Randi says: A very intriguing scene, well written with a great hook. The tension between mother and daughter was palpable. Ms. Michaels has a lot of talent!

“You agreed to help him,” she said. “In any and every possible way.”

“I have. I’ve told you as much. But—”

“It’s not enough.” Hard words from a harder woman.

“You don’t know the meaning of the word.” I scowled, arms crossed. “What you’re asking of me… An energy transfer of this magnitude will kill me.”

“Please, Sasha.” She sneered. “You’re no hero and I’m not asking you to martyr yourself. Take the energy you need from another and you survive.”

“So I kill someone.”

“To save him, you stupid puritan.” She stared at me, bewildered. “Don’t act as though your hands are clean. How can one of these useless… humans be worth more to you than him?”

I’d promised myself. Humans couldn’t stop me. I had to do it for them.

“You’re fucking psychotic, Karen,” I said.

Karen Gemini smiled, and a cold pit formed in my stomach. She—the one person immune to my touch—grabbed me by the throat, slammed me tight against the wall.

“Do you think Reliant City and your goody-goody friends will welcome you back, girl? Once they know you’re Karen Gemini’s bastard daughter?”

I clawed at her hold on me, but I couldn’t take her energy.

“Oh, Sasha,” she said. “You sold your soul to the devil to deny your heritage. But you do this one thing for me and I’ll keep your dirty little secret.”

One thing. Right.

“Save your brother, Sasha.” She released me. “Or I kill everyone you love.”

Congratulations Six Time Winner Cara, David, Rafe, Nellie, and Robin! Claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it! :)

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