Fantasy, inspirational and dark, sci-fi horror, romance, crime and true to life fiction  blended to make this week’s Motivation Monday anthology one of the best ever.  As always a huge thank you to our judge (this week was: Alissa Leonard )

Robin Abess: Reunion – General Fiction
Sheilagh Lee: Untitled - Inspirational Fantasy
Mark Ethridge:  Untitled – Dark Science Fiction
Afsaneh K: Worth a Wager? - Romance
Miranda Kate Boers: Untitled - General Fiction
David A Ludwig: Untitled - Dark Fantasy
Siobhan Muir: Untitled - Dark Fantasy/Crime Fiction
MLGammella: Commitment - Crime Fiction
Cara Michaels: Untitled - Crime Fiction
Nellie: Untitled - Dark Fantasy
Rebekah Postupak:  Untitled - General Fiction

Honorable Mentions

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Mark Ethridge
What I really loved about this one was the honest confusion of the wife as she tried to process what she couldn't believe. He tied the fantastical to the mundane in such a real way. Very believable.

Robin Abess
for her beautiful descriptions

Cara Michaels
for completely creeping me out...that was just...just...wrong (but, of course, very well done). :)

Runner Up

Runner Up is David A Ludwig. I loved the depth of character and relationship he was able to portray. The tension was so well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Winner

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 Rebekah Postupak is my winner!  The sweetness of their relationship was endearing. The ending brought tears to my eyes. It was so good, and such a beautiful picture of love and faithfulness. It was beautiful. Thanks for letting me read it - Although the blue wedding dress was a little odd... :)

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by Rebekah Postupak

“I never thought I’d see you again.”

“I’m sorry about that.”

He studied her hungrily. “You look good.”

Even blushing, she looked good. “Thank you,” she said softly. “This is just my everyday dress, you know. Nothing special.”

“You always say that. It’s not true, though.”

Her face split into a grin. “I might have saved up for it a while, now that you mention it.”

“You worked a second job for six months!”

She relaxed into a laugh and looked across the table at him. “Eight months, actually. And it was worth it. This blue dress was the prettiest thing I ever saw.”

“You look like an angel in it. No; a queen. Always have.”

“Still awfully free with compliments, I see. You probably hand them out to all the girls, with your phone number scribbled on the back.”

It was his turn to laugh. “What other girls? There was never anybody for me but you. Not since I saw you, not since that first day.”

“True,” she agreed. “But that’s because nobody else would have you.”

“Nobody else could have put up with me for so long.”

“You’ve been a burden, all right,” she said, smiling. Her hand gripped his. “Why I come here every day, I’ll never know.”

“Every day?” He stared at her in sudden confusion. “I haven’t seen you since the divorce.”

“I—I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that.”

He pushed himself painfully to his feet, reaching for his walker. “Why did you come here? Were you trying to mock me? Do you think it’s fun?”

“No! No, never. Please—sit back down. It’ll be all right.”

“I won’t sit down!” he said wildly. “You can’t make me! Go away! Go! Leave me alone!”

“It’s going to be okay. Please, I beg you. Sit back down. Let’s talk about the old days. Our honeymoon in Topeka, do you remember? That funny, broken-down motel?”

But he was already stumbling away from her, his feet scuffing marks of panic and grief across the sterile black-and-white tiles. “I never want to see you again! You’re mean. You’re mean to me, and I don’t even know who you are!”

As he vanished into the darkness of the hallway, an attendant in a bright yellow sweater appeared at her side apologetically. “I’m sorry about that, Mrs. Jackson. Not a good day, I guess.”

“Some days are better than others. But today wasn’t too bad.” She stroked the skirt of her dress fondly.

“May I ask a personal question?”

Mrs. Jackson was standing now, turning to go, but she paused. “Of course, Lily.”

“You come see him every day.”

“Yes.”

“If I may ask—you’ve been coming here so long—just how long ago was your divorce?”

Mrs. Jackson laughed. “Never,” she said. “We never divorced.”

She laughed until the tears fell, raining in dark blue streaks along the frayed edges of her wedding dress.




 


Comments

07/17/2012 13:29

Wow, getting singled out as runner-up in this field is impressive! Thanks! Going to have to credit it to having played Anastasia in Dungeons & Dragons, she's a character I know very well.

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Robin Abess
07/18/2012 03:53

Great job as usual you guys! Congratulations!

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