Week 112 of #ThursThreads had some terrific tales and a great turnout. 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. It was also wonderful to have some new folks stop by. Welcome! Great thanks to Marla Monroe for judging this week. Be sure to check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on FB to keep up with news, etc.
- Liz March | @Chattmor
- Sandy Layne | @sandyquill
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (poem)
- Charles W. Jones | @ChuckWesJ
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Hunter Frost | @HunterFrostMM
- Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Leigh Ellwood | @LeighEllwood
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (prose)
- Kasey Lane | @kaseylanewrites
- Charley Emma | @Charley_001
- Louisa Bacio | @LousiaBacio
- Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
- Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
Charles W Jones | @ChuckWesJ
Marla says: This one intrigued me with wanting to know why the others were missing. I knew that something was different then learned what it was, but not how or why. I want to know more. Always leave them hungry for more. It assures they'll turn the page.
Hunter Frost | @HunterFrostMM
Marla says: I liked the voices in this one along with the inner dialogue that told the story along side the character actually doing the talking. The unexpectedness of the end left me feeling sorry for the guy. Eliciting feelings for the characters is important.
Leigh Ellwood | @LeighEllwood
Marla says: This was beautiful to me. It expressed an issue many people live out every day. The grass is always greener—my ass is too big. We always want what we don't have and the one we covet is already coveting us. The style was intriguing as well as the word choices. I could hear it at a slam poetry reading and at the same time, I could hear it in a song.
Week 112 Winner
Marla says: This one caught my attention from the start. It gave just enough to hold your attention with an end that told you he'd killed her but made you want to know more. Why did he kill her? How did he kill her and who else had he killed? Leaving the reader with questions so that they turn the next page is what every writer strives for.
“It was never a matter of not loving you. Loving you was the easy part,” Charlie said, as he stepped over her body. She looked peaceful and quiet.
“I wanted to keep you safe and just love you, but no …” he said walking over to the queen size bed. He pulled and struggled with the pink rose pedal bed sheet. Some of the red blotches covered the pedals making it look as if it was bleached in blood.
“You would not listen. You wanted time apart, ” he spat and tugged harder at the corner of the bed where the sheet remained stuck, as if it knew its new purpose and struggled to avoid it. The sheet finally popped and he covered her semi-nude body.
“You look like you had a big date. Well, I know it was not with me.” Charlie lifted her lifeless body and took her downstairs to the garage and into the trunk of her vehicle.
“It did not have to end this way, precious.” Before he closed the trunk he covered her again with a long plastic tarp.
“I told you about Amelia, she would not listen either, and ended up just like you.”
Congratulations Winner Lizzie, Charles, Hunter, and Leigh! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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