The Secret in the Woods by Michael Kurko

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Urban Fantasy

“That will not be necessary,” Tristan told the magi. “I can handle it myself.” Only after three days of mucking through the wet, cold woods of Vermont did he realize just how stupid and wrong he was.

It was the sort of thing Aurora would say. Tristan could see her now, lecturing him on the finer points of elemental magic, tilting her head so her copper curls fell to one side like sparks pouring from a forge. Continue reading

That Will Not Be Necessary by Elaine Dodge

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Dark Humour | For those who like them – It’s the return of the brains.

There was a time when the disarticulated brain in the large jar second to the left on the third shelf from the bottom had been known as King of the Lab. Now, he was about to become King of the Fridge. Something he’d enjoy for about five minutes before the sub-zero temperature froze him into a coma. The brain, correctly labelled as XLP#304, was miffed, to put it mildly. Continue reading

The Internship by Beth Stillman Blaha

Prompt:  That will not be necessary | Word Count: 1200 words | Genre: Paranormal

Death came in the way I assume Death always comes.  This time, she was coming for my boyfriend, Grayson, on a spring evening after we had crashed on his motorcycle.  As dusk fell I spotted her emerging from the trees along the country road, approaching his crumpled body in the grass. Sirens wailed in the distance. Continue reading

That Will Not Be Necessary by Miriam Calleja

Prompt: That won’t be necessary  |  Words: 1200 exactly  |  Genre: Psychological

Most people don’t have the advantage that I have. I remember exactly where and when we met. You were crouching on a doorstep, writing in your notebook, your hair at that length where it just got into your eyes and you were flicking it away every few seconds. It wouldn’t stay behind your ear. You felt me looking at you, smiled the way you smile at strangers – but not quite. Something about you recognised me in a way. I know your gaze well by now, and that’s how I was sure that something could happen between us. Continue reading

The Spithag by Kim Kneen

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Fiction

Dogan was a spithag of a man, small and wiry. Took after his Da like that; generations of diminutive men with just enough guts to brave the chopsy lumps they made their wives. Not Dogan though. His Mam used to say he was delicate. His Da said too soft. Continue reading

Only the Good Die Young by David Macfie

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Spy Thriller

At seven fifteen in the morning, James Blind, the man from AUNTI, read his new-mission instructions. He’d only been home two weeks since his last visit to Damascus in Syria. That mission, was to terminate the leaders of two competing nuclear arms traders, nicknamed ‘Cats’ and ‘Dogs’ Continue reading

An Unnecessary Kindness by Franciska Merrick

Prompt: That Won’t Be Necessary l Word Count: 1200 l Genre: Fiction

“Nathalie,I told you at the baby shower, dearie, a baby born in the winter will be fat if you do not eat enough fennel in your last trimester. I have a great fennel salad recipe, you should have asked for it. Now look at how pudgy Claire is. I cannot even call her ‘little’ Claire.” Aunt Gertrude’s swollen wrist swallows a golden bracelet studded with gems, her floppy earlobes are heavy with diamond studs, and gaudy rings encircle her pudgy fingers. Money does not buy class. Continue reading

Moscow Mole by Mark Patterson

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 exactly | Genre: Spy Drama

“Good Morning Comrade Morozov. Come in and sit down so you can brief me on your investigation. I will be a moment finishing this letter.”

Ravil Morozov closed the door and walked across the lush red carpet to the chair in front of Yevgeny Neizvestny’s desk. This office was far more luxurious than the cramped, cold cellar Ravil occupied in the depths of the Lubyanka building. Continue reading

Myths and Legends by Michael James

Prompt:  That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 | Genre: Short Story

They all said the sky will blacken, that the rivers will glop like oil, and the very ground you walk upon shall burst into blistering coals. All of this at the first sight of the beast rumoured to guard the Iron Hills castle by the Glimmer Sea. Fiery skies, molten oceans and poisonous gas were all things on the mind of the dashing Maurice Prendergast, as he and his horse Amari clopped along. Needless to say, he was somewhat uneasy – but knowing how folk tales expand in grandeur from beer to beer, he clung to hope. Amari didn’t care. Those purple blooms his master stopped at by the crossroads were delicious. Continue reading

What Lies Unused by Michael Kurko

Prompt: Leftovers | Word count: 500 | Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

“That was a naughty thing you did to Wort and Thistle,” Willow said, deftly pulling mint leaves from their stems. “They were scared half to death.” She dropped the leaves in the small bowl in Rose’s paws.

“They deserved it,” the young rabbit said defiantly. Continue reading