- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Daniel Swensen | @surlymuse
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Nellie Batz | @solimond
- Mark A. Morris
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Mileva Anastasiadou | @happymil_
- Gentry Lee Burke
- Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
Angela says: This was by far the hardest selection to judge. Each of the stories were so well written, giving me a glimpse into the lives of the characters and leaving me curious to learn more about them and their struggles and triumphs. A huge shout out to each author for a truly fantastic crop of stories this week.
Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
Angela says: This story is so loaded with emotion, back story, and vengeance, and I really want to see this developed into a full length novel. There was so much touched upon in such a small word count, again...I was so impressed by the author. Seriously, I want to see this fleshed out into a full novel. Great potential in this one.
Silver James | @SilverJames_
Angela says: Silver James never disappoints and she didn't today, either. The heartache of this woman is dripping from every word. Like Shelly's Diner I'd love to read the rest of this story, to learn more about the couple's break up and to see what their future holds.
Nellie Batz | @solimond
Angela says: Fantastic little glimpse into a whole new world and I'm so curious to see what the author could do with it.
Mileva Anastasiadou | @happymil_
Angela says: I could so easily feel the anticipation of the young man gathering the courage to tell the girl he loved his true feelings. The realization of time past and chances missed was brilliantly portrayed, encompassing decades in a couple of hundred words. I am seriously impressed with this piece.
“I love you,” she tells me. I look at her speechless, unable to utter a word.
“Answer me, damn it!”
I can’t answer. I run away instead.
I wake up in cold sweat. My mind wanders free for a while, my body still under the blankets. Another boring day begins.
Coffee, paperwork, meetings, until work is finished. She makes the place tolerable. Today’s the big day. My chance to finally tell her all about the love I’ve been hiding inside, since the first day I saw her at school.
“Forgive me for running away back then,” I tell her.
“I still love you,” she whispers in my ear.
Yet I’m still in bed, enjoying the hazy state between dreams and awakening. I love mornings, when time lies ahead, promising, like an empty page. I try to lift my hands, but they feel heavy. I finally manage to wipe the sweat from my face. It feels wrinkled.
I can’t be that old. It can’t be too late. I reach for the alarm. As I open my eyes, I watch a tiny little box falling onto the floor. Pills are spread everywhere.
“Are you ok, Mr. Smith?” asks the nurse.
I turn around to face her. Time flies so fast. Until it’s all behind and the page is already filled, yet the big day hasn’t even happened yet.
Congratulations Winner Mileva, and Honorable Mentions Silver, Mark, and Nellie! Don't forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!
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