A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who wrote, commented, and tweeted this week. You gave us a great mix of stories and we were hard pressed to choose top honors!
SOLDIERS | Honorable Mentions | @AvLaidlaw and @Aightball
Cara Says: Kid has a freaking MINOTAUR in his room. Game over. Hope everyone’s made peace with their respective makers.
Ruth Says: Love how smartly the child sets up his antagonist’s demise. This is one of those stories that sticks with you a long while, as you mull the details and possibilities!
Cara Says: This snippet cracked me up. The family dynamic is all too familiar. Teenagers are assholes. I know; I have one.
Ruth Says: Oh yeah, every parents knows the stab of the double-edged knife known as ‘the teenage years’ – one side anger, one side humor.
UNDERBOSS | Second Place | @davejamesashton
Cara Says: This gruesome, yet humorous take on the family business has levels that add so much punch. No matter what, they’re not lying when they say they’re butchers.
Ruth Says: A perfectly wicked misdirect! I read this one several times for the sheer pleasure! 🙂
BOSS | First Place | @LouisaBacio
Cara Says: This is such a neat way to introduce a werewolf pack. I love the idea of this sort of transformation as transitional therapy for a veteran struggling to find his post-war place.
Ruth Says: Great concept! I’d love to see this play into a much larger story. There’s so much room for character and world building!
THE WINNING STORY: Coming Home by Louisa Bacio