Week 122 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. It was also wonderful to have some new folks stop by. Welcome! Great thanks to George Varhalmi for judging this week. Be sure to check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on FB to keep up with news, etc.
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (poem)
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Anne Odom | @AFOdom
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil (prose)
- Cate Derham | @Cate_Derham
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- M.T. Decker | @mishmhem
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Anna Lund | @AnnaLund2011
- Jalisa Blackman | @J_M_Blackman
- Lizzie Bella
- Josh Peters | @joshbgosh
Sheilagh Lee | @SweetShiel
George says: Remarkable story, very touching. Great imagery of the memory.
Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
George says: I hear and see the hope Eliza has but sadden when she realizes that there is no one there for her.
Lizzie BellaGeorge says: An “archaeological” dig in an abandoned cemetery, right. She seems a little gullible to buy that one especially since she has nothing with her to use. The cliffhanger was good, hoped for a little more. Guessing she was the next inhabitant of the cemetery.
Week 122 Winner
George says: Talk about a leap of faith. Love the tension especially towards the end. Some say death is the beginning, but I don’t think that is likely over here.
There are certain times in your life when you genuinely believe you will die. Most people only experience this a few times in their life--that freezing of the blood, the jittery electric shock to the temples.
It's really quite hard to describe the black hole that grows in your stomach as adrenaline poisons your senses, forcing the world into a clarity that is violent.
In that shining haze of pinprick existence, you think about a lot of things. It's almost always a mosaic of images, a light show of seemingly acid-washed memories. People you loved. Your favorite places and the rare peace they brought you. Things you wish you hadn't done. Like the thing that has you doubting the length of your mortality. You'll think: if I survive this, I'll never do anything like it again.
And if you're most people--you'll mean it.
But if you're anything like the people I hang out with, you'll barely give it another thought.
So, as I stood on the rail of a bridge above rushing water, I thought, I'll never do this again.
Then, Black Claw agents went streaming overhead, stolen objects in hand. And my friends dove from the bridge. Two of them shot straight back into the air, flying their first nature on the planet their from. Another friend sliced into the water and was a rocket beneath the surface. I, on the other hand, had help from a friend. Well, a suit.
"Let's do this." The suit flared to life.
Congratulations Winner Jalisa, Sheilagh, Kelly, and Lizzie! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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