We have a 130-lbs Rottweiler who wears a pink collar and sits with her paws crossed.  Naturally, we call her Princess.  Whether it's irony or simple observation, there can be great power in a name.

The Judge

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Last week's winner and this week's judge is Robin Abess.  You can follow her on Twitter @Angelique_Rider:

"Writer, nature lover, singer, GEEK, eccentric, NaNoWriMo Nut...you name it! I love being in a roomful of people who are singing along to 'Dr. Horrible'!"
[Host's Note: if you haven't seen Neil Patrick Harris' performance in Dr Horrible you should.  Google it!]

The Prompt

They call her Princess

The Rules

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On Sunday night, I learned that one of my best high school friends recently passed away.  This week's contest is dedicated to her memory.

I can't believe she's gone.
It was only yesterday when we were playing around and flirting like teenagers do.  She was one of my three best friends, the ones I called my angels.
She was the quietest of us, her voice a gentle trickle of a mountain stream, but her smile lit up an entire room like a lighthouse beacon slicing through the tumult of a hurricane.
Twenty years have come and gone but I always said to myself "It's okay.  I'll go visit her next year.  I'm so busy, there's so much to do."
Now I'm sitting out on my front porch.  My cigarette burns away while I drop gentle wishes on the wind.  I listen on the wind for her response, but there is only silence.
Still, in my heart, I hear her.  She speaks to me in that same gentle voice. Now my angel has gone to be with her kin, in the bosom of Abraham, in the loving arms of the Father.
Good-bye my angel.

The Judge

Our special guest judge will be here next week.  I apologize for the miscommunication.
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This week's judge is, once again, my favorite lycan, Lupus Anthropus, a regular on the Flash Fiction scene.  Check out his work at http://fulmoj.wordpress.com/
Lupus has a challenge of their own called #TitleTwisters.  Stop by and check it out!

The Prompt

I can't believe she's gone.

The Rules

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Mondays can be tough.  If you are a weekday writer like me and even if you aren't  sometimes it is hard to get going if you've spent the weekend doing chores instead of writing.  I thought it might be fun to do something on Mondays instead of waiting until Friday.  Even if you just like a challenge, you are welcome to participate

The Rules

  1. Story must continue from the prompt.
  2. No more than 500 words (not including the prompt)
  3. Any genre (in fact an unexpected genre will get you more points.)
  4. Entries must be submitted by Tuesday Noon EST
  5. The winner of each week's competition will be invited to judge the following week.
  6. Have fun!

Week #1 Prompt:

Ryn bolted through the launch bay brandishing a rifle in one hand, a dozen blue roses in the other.