- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Charles W. Jones | @ChuckWesJ
- Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
- Tina Glasneck | @TinaGlasneck
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Angela K. Roe | @AngelaKRoe
- Cate Derham | @Cate_Derham
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Barbe Crabtree | @ComeOnPeopl
CR says: Thanks for having me back to judge, Siobhan! I wish I could give a four way tie to the following people since their pieces made me want more. In the notes I made throughout the day, I’d written for each of them that I wouldn’t mind seeing them as longer stories. I bet everyone is wondering who I’m talking about! All the stories drew me in with the way they were able to fill up to 250 words with enough descriptions to give me a sense of person and place and how they had me asking questions which let me know how interested I was in them. But alas, there can be only one winner while the others are honorable mentions.
Charles W. Jones | @ChuckWesJ
CR says: Story was intriguing because it made me think of crop circles and left me wondering what it was she had to do.
Angela K. Roe | @AngelaKRoe
CR says: Story was captivating due to the suspense. What made her want to sell her baby? Love a take charge woman who’s not afraid to do what’s necessary.
Barbe Crabtree | @ComeOnPeopl
CR says: This story was captivating as well due to the suspense. What’s the deal with the twins? And just how special was the Chinese food?
Kel Heinen | @Aightball
CR says: This story was moving. Addiction is a tough beast to battle. I chose this one because I felt that it did the mood of such a situation justice.
"Jimmy, I'm not mad." I kneel on the cold bathroom floor. "But you promised you'd talk to me before you did this again." He tucks into himself as blood drips from his arm. "Have I ignored you?" He shakes his head. "What happened?"
He drops the razor blade, trembling. I reach for a towel and drape it over him. "They're going to kill me."
I nod. "What did they want?"
A bone-thin hand reaches for the blade. I grasp his hand.
"They-they want me to come back." He raises his head, blue eyes dull, hair stringy, dripping with sweat. "I have to go back."
"You said you never wanted to go through that again, remember?" I squeeze his hand. "What called you to come back?"
He bites his chapped lower lip. "Cocaine. Heroin."
"Next time, talk to me, okay? I know that's hard, but it's easier than cutting." He's cut too deep before and I fear he'll be committed if he does it again. "Can I clean your cuts?"
He stands with help. I pull him into a hug and kiss his cheek, then help him rinse off with cold water. "I love you, Jimmy. I don't care how loud they get, the drugs are never going to win."
He bites his lip. "They're loud. They'll win again."
I wish he was wrong.
Congratulations Two Time Winner Kel, Charles, Angela, and Barbe! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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