Round 95: Winners

Posted: February 23, 2016 in Winners
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Welcome back. Thanks to everybody who wrote stories for this week’s prompt and to CR Smith for reading them and choosing her favorites. Her comments and top picks are below.

Comment: Great stories as always, a pleasure to read.

Favourite Lines

King Rat: I cannot forgive others their vulnerability, it enrages me, forces me into action.

The Case Of The Violin (or The Violin Case): The story may well have ended there, were it not for the fact that it went on a bit longer.

Pigeon-like: I once heard him swear but he was whistling again an hour later.

Wings: One mild March day, the sky was so sharp and blue you could almost see through it.

I Hate Acrostics: Once they’re gone, we’ll start on the squirrels.

Giving them wings: Close to the fetid vagrants with sleeping bags, but far removed from the suited and brief-cased, the boy sat on the steps of the square.

Soul Food: Uncle said that all the souls of alcoholics came back as pigeons, that’s why they were so easily fooled by the smell of alcohol; or as his uncle put it: it’s a like the wheel of fate that turns and you can’t get off.

This Is The Way The World Ends – Not With A Bang But A Flutter: Too late, humanity realised the pigeon apocalypse had begun.

Priceless Moments: It was said she could drain the colour and light out a room faster than a party political broadcast.

HM Giving them wings by Fae Fielding

This lovely coming of Age tale, also contains several really excellent lines, such as, ‘Sent him to the city of a hundred tongues, amongst the homeless and the nameless,’ and, ‘Their self discovery gave them wings.’

3rd Runner-up King Rat by Steph Ellis

I love a good horror story and this bears all the hallmarks; dark and creepy with some fantastic lines, ‘the monotony of death, the thrill of the dark, those self-righteous sinners,’ the scene is so well set.

2nd Runner-up Pigeon-like by Sal Page

I laughed out loud several times reading this story, the inclusion of the cheese and crackers being particularly revealing. I particularly liked the varied list of necessities for life in the shed and the inclusion of the 3D printer.

and our Round 95 FLASH MASTER is…


Stephen Lodge

with The Case Of The Violin (or The Violin Case)

I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and his essence runs all the way through the tale. Very funny, multi-layered piece; I laughed on each read through, and not always in the same place, so many great lines — too many to mention.

Congratulations, Stephen! Your story will be featured as tomorrow’s HumpDay Quickie! Please contact me here with any bio information, publications, links to personal sites, or any other information you would like to appear on your winner’s page.

That’s it for this week. Next weekend, Mark King will be judging. Hope to see you all then.


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