- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Anne Chowdhury | @TwiAddictAnne
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Cate Derham | @Cate_Derham
- Barbe Crabtree | @ComeOnPeopl
- Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Elizabeth Munoz | @chattmor
Cate Derham | @Cate_Derham
Katheryn says: Something about this piece just drew me in. The imagery does a great job of evoking that romantic Paris atmosphere, and teases a very steamy encounter between the speaker and her commanding officer. I'd love to read more about the mission and what may lay ahead for this character.
Silver James | @SilverJames_
Katheryn says: A mother's love knows no bounds! It's so easy to feel the wonder that Dom feels towards Peni. The descriptions are vivid and beautiful. A truly moving piece.
Cara Michaels | @caramichaels
Katheryn says: I was immediately hooked and asking questions about this piece. Time travel? A serial killer? More please! In just 250 words, this piece sets up a universe and gives just enough detail that I know there's a whole story waiting to be told under the surface.
Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
Katheryn says: I loved everything about this piece. It's a completely different take, and something about stories told in the form of files or documents has always drawn me in, making them more real. Even though the file reads cold, there's still clear emotion behind the story - abandonment, desperation - that leaves me wanting to learn more about not just the character who was abandoned, but about his mother. Why did she abandon him? And what prompted him to look for her?
As per your instructions, we began our search for your birth mother, a woman we now know to be, with a ninety percent degree of certainty, Rebecca Eloise Winters, DOB September 21, 1914.
Initially, we discovered that you were abandoned shortly after birth, on June 12th 1931, inside the theater in Granby, B.C., a community no longer in existence.
Interestingly, we have determined that the silent film, Orphans of the Storm, was playing on the night you were left in the lobby of the theater.
Through a search of the archives of the Granby Consolidated Mining Smelting and Power Company, we located Maude Barkley, age 93, currently a resident of Skookumchuck, BC.
Miss Barkley acknowledged that she served as unofficial midwife in Granby from 1925 until the mine closed in 1932.
Though Miss Barkley is quite elderly, our investigator was impressed by her recall, referring to her, somewhat unoriginally, as “sharp as a tack.” This clarity was also aided by Miss Barkley’s diary, a document I will now quote from.
“June 10th- Mae Boudreau, proprietress of Mae’s Boarding House, brought me Becky Winters late last night. Girl’s as big as an elephant. She is Mae’s niece. I asked Mae, why did you wait so long to bring her to me? “What kind of woman does that?” I wondered.
The birth was easy; baby boy popped out like a cork.”
Miss Barkley expressed surprize at the subsequent abandonment.
Please advise, should we continue our search?
Congratulations Eleven Time Winner Bill, Anne, David, and Mary! Don't forget to 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 original tales HERE. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! :)