Friday, May 11, 2012

#ThursThreads - Week 22 - Winners

Week 22 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 Angelica Dawson for reading all the tales.

  • Raymond C. Morris | @iwrites
  • Bethany Lopez | @BethanyLopez2
  • Angelica Dawson | @AngelicaDawson
  • Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
  • Nicole Wolverton | @nicolewolverton
  • David A Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Sam Webb | @sammyjwebb
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Ryan Strohman | @rastrohman
  • Samantha O'Brien | @QuillsWithin
  • Wakefield Mahon | @WakefieldMahon
  • Aurora Lee | @AuroraLee
  • Charles W Jones | @ChuckWesJ
  • Miranda Boers | @PurpleQueenNL
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Jalisa Blackman | @J_M_Blackman
  • Jeffrey Hollar | @Klingorengi
  • Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
  • Nellie Batz | @solimond
  • Rebekah Postupak | @postupak
  • @LupusAnthropos
  • @Phoenixlavan

Winners Announcement:

Honorable Mentions
Ryan Strohman | @rastrohman
Angelica says: Shiver at your ending! You lead the reader perfectly down the path of experimental operations and then kick us in the pants with a frightening end!
Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
Angelica says: Wonderful poem, very moving. I suck at poetry so I'm always impressed when it can be tailored to a theme like this.
Jeffrey Hollar | @Klingorengi
Angelica says: I love a Librarian. Poor neglected know-it-all. Best resources we have.

Charles W Jones | @ChuckWesJ
Angelica says: You put ME in your story?! Squeal! How could I not pat you on the back after that? :)

Week 22 Winner

Angelica says: His brief piece took me right into the heart of a child for their caregiver and then smacked me by making them both robotic and true mother/daughter. Pow! Great piece.

Faded Memories

Ramey, put on a containment suit, gloves and a mask before she walked into the room. She trembled as she stared at the most important person in her world.

In her time, Nana was the most advanced nanny-bot on the market, nearly human in appearance with the first fully functional emotional array. Best of all, she willingly devoted herself to all of the human children she helped raise.

No matter how much work Nana had to do, she always managed to make Ramey feel special. It was so long ago, but the memories hadn't faded. Seeing her like this broke Ramey's heart.

"I'm terminal, not contagious. Even if EOL was viral, there hasn't been a machine to flesh infection in over two hundred years. I'm not THAT old!"

"I'm sorry Nana, I didn't mean to insult you." Ramey's tears overflowed rendering her goggles opaque.

Nana swiveled her head and offered a sympathetic if crooked smile. "There, there child; it's alright. You humans are so emotional, I don't think they could give me enough upgrades to keep up."

"It's your memory Nana."

"What do you mean? Sure, they don' t make my memory chips anymore, but the upgrades are lightweight enough. I just don’t think my central processor could keep up."

"No, I mean your memory is failing." Ramey choked back a sob. "I'm not a fleshy, Nana, I'm your daughter."

Congratulations  two time winner Wakefield, Ryan, Sheilagh, Jeffrey, and Chuck! Claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it! :)

Pass on the great news on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, shiny mirrors, Morse Code, and signal flags. Check out all the stories here and I hope to see you all back next week for #ThursThreads. :)

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