Friday, September 19, 2014

#ThursThreads - Week 136 - Winners

Week 136 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales. I'm honored to see all of the returning writers and read your stories. Thank you for coming back again and again to write and for helping me celebrate these years of flash. And so great to have some new faces in the crowd this week. Welcome! Great thanks to Cindy Stark for judging this week. Be sure to check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on FB to keep up with news, etc.

  • Alice Raine | @AliceRaine1
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Eden Connor | @EdenConnor
  • Wendy Strain | @WendyStrain
  • Susanne Matthews | @jandsmatt
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Sandi Layne | @sandyquill
  • KB Gardener | @KBGardener
  • Charley Emma | @Charley_001
  • Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
  • Josh Peters | @Joshbgosh
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Even Sultry | @EvenSultry
Cindy says: So many great entries. It really was hard to choose.

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions

Josh Peters | @josbgosh
Cindy says: I was immediately drawn into the story and wondered why Gana seemed so afraid. Having rich clothing, joyous family members and being chosen seemed like good things until I read the surprising last line.

Sandy Layne | @sandyquill
Cindy says: I found Stephan's attitude endearing and loved seeing Mikki through his eyes. Loved the beginning of their romance and his thoughts when he kisses her. Dying to know what happens next.

Silver James | @SilverJames_
Cindy says: This story has great characterization and a sexy, sizzling level of heat. Love that he's so strong and yet she has a hold over him.

Week 136 Winner

Cindy says: The first paragraph was pure poetry. The heroines internal dialogue gave me great insight into her character, and I fell in love with both characters immediately.

“How does she end up among the stars? The woman who wants the earth and grass between her toes, who studies and tends the life the soil offers up?”

His words carried a romance that turned my cheeks red. He offered me the distance of third person to tell my tales. Silly that it should work. He had a surprising knack with people, my space pirate. A half-smile curved my lips. And when had I started thinking of him as mine?

“It cannot have been easy to trade the endless cycles of growth for the dead of space.”

“No.” Maybe I—she—even changed her mind once or twice. “But then she gets a letter. You know what I mean?” Had he ever seen paper?

“I’m familiar with the concept.” He grinned. “I made a fortune on parchment and stationery once on the third moon of—” He cut himself short. “So. She receives a letter…”

“Understand, out of tens of thousands of candidates, twenty get this particular letter.” The claustrophobia of those insane early months closed in on me— “The press is hounding our every move, family and friends are angry and hurt, those who didn’t make the cut hate us. And there’s EASA, just feeding the frenzy. Go here. Smile there. Wave. Yep, here we are—the chosen ones. Gaea’s Chosen.”

“Do not ask me to pity you, love.” His smile invited a response. “For the journey brought you to me, a turn of events I cannot regret.”

Congratulations THIRTEEN TIME Winner Cara, Josh, Sandi, and Silver! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

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