Week 107 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales and an amazing turnout. I'm honored to see all of the new (to me) writers and read your stories. Thank you for coming. It was also wonderful to have some of my regulars come for the F/F theme and Love Spanks. Thanks so much! Great thanks to Anastasia Vitsky for judging this week. And next week continues our month-long Month of Love Themed #ThursThreads Event. All Kinds of Love next week.
- Anastasia Vitsky | @AnastasiaVitsky
- Leigh Ellwood | @LeighEllwood
- Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
- Olivia Starke | @OliviaStarke
- Maren Smith
- Louisa Bacio | @LouisaBacio
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (poem)
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (prose)
- Ruth Long | @Bullishink
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- KB Gardener | @KBGardener
- Jessica Subject | @jsubject
- Charley Descoteaux | @CharleyDescote
- PT Wyant
- Doris O'Connor | @mamaD8
- Erzabet Bishop | @ErzabetBishop
- Charley S | @Charley_001
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Sandy Layne | @sandyquill
- Wendy Strain | @WendyStrain
- Penelope Hasler
- Scarlet Chastain | @ScarletChastain
- Courtney Jennings
- Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
- Nellie Batz | @solimond
- Brandon Yusuf Toropov | @BYToropov
- Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
Teresa says: It was an incredibly difficult decision—choosing a winner. I found reasons I could have chosen every entry. What an amazing and talented group of writers! I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every one of these flash fiction morsels. Thank you all for the entertaining reads. And thanks, Siobhan, for hosting such a fun reason to flex our writing muscles every week.
Louisa Bacio | @LouisaBacio
Anastasia says: Gorgeous, well-crafted dialogue and narrative. The ending is a perfect consummation.
Doris O'Connor | @mamaD8
Anastasia says: Exquisite description, evocative emotions, nice pacing, good ending. The “chicken” endearment was especially well chosen.
Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
Anastasia says: Wonderful interplay of internal and external dialogue, and the tenderness jumps off the page.
Week 107 Winner
Anastasia says: Taut and precisely crafted, Leigh’s piece won me over with this sentence: "Every morning her sharp-edged husband bolted from their house wearing a suit and a scowl."
“No other way out.”
I shook my head. “There’s always a way.”
She flipped her dark auburn hair from her face, revealing red-rimmed eyes and dried tears shining on her milk-white skin. Her look spoke of desperation and despair, feelings hardly thought out well. I looked down at the razor in her hands and tried not to smile. She’d take it the wrong way and think I chose to make light of her situation. Far from it. I’d come over today to beg off some sweetener for my morning coffee and instead stumbled into a soap opera.
She’d not been in her marriage—one could see that from space. Every morning her sharp-edged husband bolted from their house wearing a suit and a scowl. If I saw her during the day it was merely passing along our grass border as we collected mail or empty trash bins. When she proved absent today, I invented the aforementioned excuse to check up. She answered the door with a pink disposable razor in her hands and implied I had to accept this as her escape plan.
“There’s a better way,” I told her.
“Diane,” she sighed, and looked away, adding more dramatics to the scene than necessary. The husband had obviously done one over on her, convinced her that she’d dissolve once she set foot past their boundaries. She was better than that.
“Let me show you,” I said, and held out my hand.
She hesitated, and thank God she took it.
Congratulations Winner Leigh, Louisa, Doris, and Cara! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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