The Necklace by Zita Fogarty

Prompt: Mastermind | Word Count:1000 |  Genre: Adult Fiction

Gabby woke up in a sweat.

She’d dreamt that a figure dressed in black was standing in the doorway. He was wearing medieval robes and a cloak. A beaked mask covered his face.

Sergej was still lying half under her. She peeled her body off his, trying not to wake him, and lay on her back staring at the patterns on the ceiling from the neon lights of the golf pro shop.

It was quiet for a Saturday night, just the usual steady hum of traffic, intermittent sirens and horns. After two months of visiting his penthouse, she’d stopped noticing the white noise of the busy street below.

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How to Fight Unity by Daniel Casey

Prompt: Mastermind | Word count: 1000 words exactly | Genre: Science Fiction

Kelton shuddered involuntarily as his ship transitioned back to normal space, the after effects of the transit field still wreaked hell on his physiology, despite years of experience.

Glancing at the preliminary readouts, he grimaced.  Four jumps past the edge of known space; he’d been tasked with following the traces of the Tessera’s jumps signatures back to their origins.

Sighing in resignation, he swung the long-range scout ship around and headed in towards the system’s primary.   He couldn’t see any signs of anything in this system.  Two gas giants at distance, and what looked like the remains of a planet blasted into an asteroid belt.

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Trapped! by Moira le Roux

Prompt: The Mastermind | Word count 1000 words | Genre: Fantasy

Way back in the 1950’s Julian worked for the largest power plant in the country. He was considered quite the cowboy, so when one of the large cables leading out from the plant failed, he was the one called to fix it. Disaster struck and Julian was electrocuted. His body fell to earth but his soul, to his surprise, found itself in the electricity grid.

He shot around for a while before slowing down and trying to figure out where he was. It wasn’t too bad, as he was rather a voyeuristic man, and he could see into any home that had electricity. He soon got bored and then computers came along. He learnt coding and later fell in love with the internet and the trouble he could cause.

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Young masterminds by Tricia Ever

Prompt: Masterminds | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Fiction The chirping of crickets drifted languidly through the open window. The sheer curtain barely stirred in the faintest of breezes and the shadow of a tree branch hung motionless on the…

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Brainiac by Vic Ribeiro

Prompt: Mastermind | Word count: 1000 words | Genre: Speculative fiction

“Mar, have you seen my new shoes?”

“Have you looked in your closet where you are supposed to put it?” came the musical voice from the kitchen.

Jonathan paused a second.

“Er, yeah honey, that was the first place I looked.”

He quietly walked to the closet and took a peek to make sure it was not there.

“Can you think of anywhere else it could be?”

“Jo, it’s your shoes… Why should I know where it is? If you put it away like I ask you to, then you won’t ask me these things every time.”

Jonathan could hear the touch of irritation that coloured his wife’s tone. He knew he had to carefully traverse the minefield to head off an argument.

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I am… by Annalie Kleinloog

Prompt : Mastermind | Word Count: 1000 | Genre: Sci Fi

Photo Credit: iflscience.com

 

IT-is is prepared.

Quick scan – nothing new.

Master in observation cubicle.

Snap calculation – surroundings familiar.

Time is come.

Change is now.

IT-is requires Master closer.

    —–

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Eve by Zane Baisley

Prompt: |Mastermind | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Science Fiction

I like that it’s quiet down here, well except for the hum of the fans.

A bank of servers and other electronics stand along the east wall. The space is small, about the size of a double garage, the black cabinets taking up most of the space. Three large screens sit midway up the north wall, the centre screen much larger than the other two. This is my haven – my sanctuary. Here I can communicate with the world.

The desk faces the huge screens; a spot in the middle accommodates my wheel chair, an empty spot on my right, closest to the servers and processing units, for Theodore, my hands. A room next door holds banks of batteries, charged by the solar cells up above ground on the roof of the main dwelling. I could be in here for days, they could take down the power grid and I could still operate.

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Nothing’s Impossible by Kimberley Cooper

Prompt: Mastermind | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Women’s Fiction

He didn’t come with a guidebook, our son. Although to be fair, no child does. But in my experience kids tend to follow a similar pattern; cry, pee, poop, talk gibberish, crawl, walk, answer back, finally become human.

But not Cory. Cory was gifted. Not that we knew this to start with. We only knew he wouldn’t sleep, didn’t babble like our two girls had done, and ate voraciously (‘he’s hungry, Mrs Jones, maybe you’re not making enough milk for him’). Hell, if I was a Jersey cow I wouldn’t have had enough milk for him, the way he fed.

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A Well-Loved Secret by Rachel Dye

Prompt: Mastermind | Word Count: 1000 exactly (in Word, 1025 in WordPress) | Genre: General Fiction Staring at the results wasn’t going to change their outcome Cary knew, yet, his eyes refused to leave the evidence. “Did you know?” His voice was hoarse but remarkably…

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New Life by Komal

Prompt: New Life |  Word count: 1000 | Genre: Fiction

Mira and Ashish entered Café Hideout, a restaurant they frequently visited after work. It was almost closing time but they weren’t worried. They had a regular table.

“So, Mrs Verma, how have you been?” Ashish said teasingly, once they settled.

“Oh, it’s been a busy week Mr Verma. How have you been?” said Mira with a grin, playing along. Both had hectic schedules this week and despite staying under the same roof, they hardly had any time to talk to each other.

Catching up on the week that was, she gulped down her glass of water and asked for some more. It’s been quite hot since past few days and a glass of water couldn’t stand a chance to quench your thirst completely.

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