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Kel J. Heinen | @Aightball
J. Scott says: The description in this story - little bits, but very effective - put me right into the story, in a particular time and place. And I liked the ending.
Robin K. Abess
J. Scott says: I liked this one. It had its own "voice," and a bit of a twist at the end. :)
Mary Decker | @mishmhem
J. Scott says: This one was a little sparse on the scenery, but points for use of the theme sentence in a different way than anyone else. :)
Mileva Anastasiadou | @happymil_
J. Scott says: This one was my clear favorite - it had a wistfulness and sadness with a twist at the end. It was a complete story, and it evoked a whole world and worldview. Well done. :)
I wasn’t sure mom would approve of the game. She never liked hide and seek or chasing after me.
“You’ll leave tonight,” she said.
She waved from afar, watching us leave.
We walked for hours.
“What happens if we win?” I asked. Dad stood still for a while, pondering.
“A better life is the trophy,” he replied.
That sounded worthwhile.
We walked for hours.
I asked dad to stop for a while. I was tired and hungry and cold.
“We can’t stop now,” he said. “We’re almost there.”
We walked and ran and crawled.
Until men in uniforms appeared, pointing guns our way and I wondered if that meant the game was over.
“They’re on our side, son,” dad whispered.
They didn’t seem on our side.
“Stay strong, I’ll come to find you,” he said wiping a tear with the back of his hand, before the men took him away.
Dad promised he’d be back, yet he didn’t. That was the last time I saw him.
I’m now trapped; I’m in a zoo, only this time, I can’t leave. Sometimes I feel like a lion, strong and proud, even in a cage, yet I mostly feel defeated.
“We will win in the end,” I hear dad’s words from time to time. Other kids tell me it’s not a game. Yet I still believe dad. Dad wouldn’t lie to me.
Only this game doesn’t feel like fun anymore.
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