After Pompeii (1st runner-up place) Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 39 | Flash! Friday

After Pompeii, they banished me. I’d protected them for centuries, but humankind needed to find comfort, reason and blame. A god of fire and wing was an easy target.I watched fertile land birth a thriving city. I watched the sins of greed, the exchanges of coin for touches of flesh, and choice of ignorance over …

Paul McCartney vs Justin Bieber

Paul McCartney vs Justin Bieber - My Writing Process Blog Tour.   My phone vibrates and when I look at the screen,  see the DM icon from Twitter. Who could be contacting me? I swipe the screen, and I see the name and I’m both confused and delighted that it’s Voima Oy. In my head, this …

A Recipe for (a) Disaster – Winner of special challenge award – FINISH THAT THOUGHT #2-8

In this competition, you are given a word prompt (below), an optional special challenge, 500 words and one day to complete it. Prompt (Items in brackets can be changed): I'm sorry, [sir], but I believe that's [my] [suitcase]. Special Challenge: Include a special recipe. Title: A recipe for (a) disaster “I’m sorry, buddy, but I believe …

The Apostle – Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 38 | Flash! Friday

The Apostle@Making_Fiction158 WordsMy Holy Bible clasped firmly in hand. I will only release it when they prise it from the battered husk that carries me, for my bodily vessel will soon be soaked in the colour of martyrdom. I will be just another boat perished on these foreign coastlands; another messenger of God sacrificed at …

The day a dog fell from the sky (2nd place) – Flash Frenzy Round 32 | The Angry Hourglass

The day a dog fell from the sky By Mark A. King @Making_Fiction 359 Words   Sputnik 2. November 3, 1957 Laika, has had many names. Kudryavka is was one, but there were others. She is young, yet has already lived two lives. Tightly restrained by chains, she can barely move in the container. She …

When the mailman chases dogs – Summer of Super Short Stories Week Ten! | Luminous Creatures Press

Horse Chestnut Avenue was awash with activity; the prim residents were in a state of unbecoming panic, uncharacteristic chaos and pantie-twisting kerfuffle. The imported German cars were safely harbored under the corrugated armor of the garages, protected from the miniature mines that rained down from the trees. Those bombs born of the soil and the …

“The Ambulance Chaser” – Flash Frenzy Round 31 | The Angry Hourglass

“The Ambulance Chaser” by Mark A. King @Making_Fiction 358 Words The streets of London are paved in gold…or discarded kebab remnants, crushed super-strength cider cans and rat shit. My London is both of these things. This other London is something else. I walk along the Embankment. There are no cars. Bicycles rule this city. They …

“The Viaduct” – Summer of Super Short Stories Week Eight | Luminous Creatures Press

“The Viaduct” @Making_Fiction 500 words The viaduct terrified me. Sure, the hostile natives scared me too. Their potbelly bodies, their raggedy clothes and their strange beliefs were uncouth, but they could not touch us outside their boundaries. Even in their lands, their primitive weapons were no match for our superior technology and intellect. My hands …