- Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
- Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
- Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
- Angora Shade | @AngoraShade
- Barbe Crabtree
- Silver James | @SilverJames_
- Nellie Batz | @solimond
- Louisa Bacio | @Lousiabacio
- Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
- Mark A. Morris
- Keturah Lamb | @KeturahAbigail
- Lauren Grinder
- Mileva Anastasiadou | @happymil_
- Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
- Siren X Star | @sirenstar
- Kelly Heinen | @Aightball
- Mary Decker | @mishmhem
Mileva Anastasiadou | @happymil_
Bianca says: This one really tugged at my heart. There was something almost poetic about it, which fit well with the tone and just brought out the sadness. It makes you want to hug those you love just a little longer.
Mary Decker | @mishmhem
Bianca says: There’s so much depth to this story I enjoyed it so much. The mix of emotions, then the twist at the end, was refreshing. The dialogue was also used in a way that gives an excellent taste of who the characters are in a very short time.
Katheryn J. Avila | @katheryn_avila
Bianca says: I did a little happy dance when I read the words "potential serial" because this story has so much potential. Strong characters and intrigue that I can tell would be an amazing page turner. I hope the author will get on writing the rest very soon!
Nellie Batz | @solimond
Bianca says: The dialogue in this piece really drew me in and kept a nice pace to what was happening, while not revealing too much. The creatures mentioned, the hint at a complex story with interesting characters, left me wanting more, while also giving me enough information to use my imagination. In my head, the fire girl is the hero. I'd love to find out if I am right.
Angora Shade | @AngoraShade
Bianca says: This piece had me wanting to read more. There was a nice amount of tension and intrigued, a moment of dread, then an unexpected twist. It really stood out to me and I couldn’t stop thinking ‘What’s down there?’
Nancy pursed her lips and planted her hands on her hips. Her hair whipped around her sun-kissed face under her straw hat, giving her the typical look of every farmer’s wife. “It’s just an old well.”
“That’s not what legend says.” Jared cranked the handle where the rope and bucket were attached long ago. The pulley squeaked. “Otherwise Henry wouldn’t be down there.”
“Henry’s crazy. You both are.” Nancy swooshed her hand over the overgrown grass and looked up at the sky, peering at the sinking sun with impatience. “I’m getting tired of this.”
Jared’s old, scratchy voice echoed. “Henry!”
The silence was ugly.
“He’s probably reached the bottom by now.” He gave the thick rope Henry was attached to a slight tug. There was no slack. “You okay down there, boy?”
A muted light pointed upward out of the dark, but Henry didn’t answer. The rope swung against the stones, a chunk broke loose somewhere, and a gentle splash of water plopped somewhere at the bottom.
Jared stepped back on his heels and rubbed his chin. “This is no good. I think we pushed too far.”
Nancy grumbled and shoved her husband. “This isn’t a ‘we’ thing. I better go call the sheriff.”
Nancy turned to go but stopped in her tracks.
“Pa! Ma! I’m gonna need a shovel.”
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