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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The Caper by Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait

Prompt: Mastermind | Word count: 1000 | Genre:

“C’mon George, we can do this thing. Winston will be our look out, huh Winston?”

“If you say so, boss. I’ll hide out in the bushes next to their house and let you know if there is any trouble.”

M.M. had the map spread out and pointed to the circled house. “That is our target. I’ve canvassed the neighborhood this whole week and this one..” he said tapping a wooden stick on the circled house, “is perfect. It’s filled with loot!”

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I am… by Annalie Kleinloog

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

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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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The Club by Ashleigh Seton-Rogers

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 words | Genre:  Comedy

Astrid strolled slowly into the school.  It was dark out and the place was deserted.  She wasn’t sure what to expect.  And if it hadn’t been for the light up ahead, coming from one of the classrooms, she would have fled.

A Facebook message had started all this.  It had said something to the effect that she would ‘benefit greatly from this gathering’.  She had tried to look up the person “Glynis” who had sent the message, but their profile had been set to private and except for a pic of a cat as the profile pic, there hadn’t been much go on.  Nearing the door, she heard chatter and the scraping of chairs.

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Not Yet Jade, Sorry by Daniel Casey

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 words exactly | Genre:

Drifting through the void, faced on all sides with a starry expanse. There was nothing left here. If there were, he’d know it. Sensors be damned, he’d been flying mop-up on this damned frontier for cycles now, and his sensors were only right half the time about where they Tessera were going to appear.

He glanced at his readouts once more. Nothing.

It felt wrong. He looked up, there was something wrong, there had to be something the sensors were missing.

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The Young Ladies’ Club for Sexual Advancement by Moira le Roux

Prompt: The club | Word count:  750 words | Genre: Memoir

When my sister Cathy, our neighbour Brigette, and I were about eleven years old we had a huge problem. We had the first inklings of sex, but no idea what it was. We could not ask our friends as the only thing worse than not knowing anything, was your peers finding out you didn’t know. We formed a club behind the garage.

Cathy built the clubhouse out of branches and leaves while I thought up the password. Brigette brought the jelly powder. We each had things to do to add to our general sexual knowledge. Brigette was to listen in on her older brothers, and memorise what they said, and bring it back to us. Cathy and I, while the babysitter studied in the lounge, would sit in the study and phone random numbers. If a man answered we would tell him we were authors writing a book on dirty jokes, and did he have one to add to our collection. Over the weeks we built up a good selection of jokes.

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Husband Material by Kathy Gates

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 | Genre: Women’s Contemporary

Brianna’s revelation shocked them into silence. Damon’s confusion made Laura flinch but she let him sit with it. There was nothing she, or anyone, could do to help. Not yet, anyway.

The young woman batted her too-thick-to-be-natural eyelashes and smiled. ‘We’ve cleared the air. Now we can move forward.’

She’s probably pretty, under her camouflage. White-blonde hair, out-of season tan, acrylic finger nails and impossibly high heels, not Laura’s idea of femininity.

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The Club by Zita Fogarty

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 | Genre: Adult Fiction

What is this – some kind of club?

Dad caught me, Dawson and Doherty behind the garage smoking a joint. He looked like he could kick someone he was so pissed off.

But I couldn’t stop giggling. All of a sudden that tough guy demeanor of his that usually made my armpits moist seemed ludicrous.

The other two bolted over the back fence. Dad stormed back to the sunroom where he had been watching the cricket.

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