This Week's Contenders
And another big thanks to this week's judge @caramichaels
Siobhan Muir – Cliffhanger dead ahead! Who else is after her??
Nellie Batz – Total WTF factor. Is she crazy? Captive? Both?
J.P. Sloan – Haunting story, especially the end moments when she spots her daughter but Death gives her the peace of forgetting.
Our judge says I absolutely love this story. A woman confused by obvious teases of preternatural abilities, a silver-eyed man with wings… then this line grabbed me and just would not let go: “Today you are less than nothing, wielding crude and noisome weapons yet ‘gifted’ with the ability to unerringly aim them at things they cannot harm.” Brilliantly executed, with a solid ending that does not need to go further, but easily could. Great story!
Untitled by David A. Ludwig
“Who you are?” The silver-eyed man rolled the still hot bullets around in his palm, “You’re no one.”
She fell to her knees next to her gun, “That can’t be true! I, I see things! You, you have wings.”
She couldn’t help nodding, however stupid she now felt under his mocking gaze.
“A thousand years ago you would have been a mage, a vessel of great power.” He casually tossed her spent bullets back to her, no longer interested in them. “But the time of the magi has long passed. Today you are less than nothing, wielding crude and noisome weapons yet ‘gifted’ with the ability to unerringly aim them at things they cannot harm.”
“Then, who are you?” nothing made sense anymore, she just needed some answer—anything to hold on to.
Her eyes alone watched his leathery wings drape back about his shoulders like a mantle. “I’m no one. In a world that doesn’t even remember the magi, what reason is there to believe in dragons?”