Bloodletting by Lana Alam

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

Warning: minimal profanity

I had set up a meeting with Frank for 2pm. I’m sitting on a bench surveying the area while pretending to read a book. There are a number of people milling around which is why I chose this location. This little park is just off the main tourist strip along the lake. There’s a lovely scenic boardwalk jutting out over the water and back on the shore the walkway extended for miles in either direction. People come here to walk, roller-blade, jog and get  instagram-able shots of the sunset. It’s rarely ever completely deserted which is why I told Frank I would meet him at the ice cream store nearby. Continue reading

Spots by Lionel Mullally

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word Count: 1200 exactly | Genre: Sci-fi/ horror

Carmel hated blackheads and as she looked in the mirror she spotted a new one. It was a big one; at the edge of her left eye. She stared in the mirror and assessed it as squeezable. She turned on the tap, let the water run warm and then sponged her skin. She dried her hands and tore off two small strips of tissue and went to work. Continue reading

The life of Chantelle Naeyra by Steve Caron

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

For hundreds of years, I’ve lived.

By the sword, by my voice, all trembled.

I was born in winter, a cold winter like we never knew.

War raged out of our border and within.

My people, long-lived as they are, dwindled.

I grew up with tales of heroes, of my people.

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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

Jack-In-The-Box  by Cheryl Rush Cowperthwait

Prompt: Leftovers | Word Count: 500 | Genre: Fantasy

It sat in front of her, a Christmas leftover from childhood years long gone. Josslyn cranked the handle one last crank.

Boing! The clown sprung up from its box, bobbing and weaving in front of her face.

Josslyn let out her breath and chuckled, thinking, Such a silly clown. Not scary really, except for the anticipation. She reached forward to push the clown back into his housing. Continue reading

Accidental Magic by Julie Blankenship

Prompt: Leftovers | Word count: 500 words | Genre: Fantasy

Ustes reached underneath the chest of drawers wedged into the corner of his master’s laboratory. He had seen a remnant of the last spell the wizard had performed skitter across the floor to the dresser. Most of these castoffs became inert almost immediately but occasionally a glimmer of power remained. A whispered word and the bits of power could be suspended. A wooden box under his bed hid bottled bits of his rebellion. Continue reading

Cargo by Chantelle Elizabeth Turner

Prompt: Leftovers  |  Words: 500 exactly  |  Genre: Fantasy

Leo felt with satisfaction how his left thumbnail split underneath his teeth while he scanned the darkness that enveloped the river.

“Lucky it’s not raining,” Puck said, swirling mist around his clawed hand.

Leo grunted. “It’s late.” The Black River roared as it raced towards the sea. At times he caught glimpses of floating debris or bodies. Continue reading

Special Spectator by Ana Marie

Prompt: Leftovers     | Word count: 500     | Genre: Speculative fiction

The smell of jasmine and earth perforated the dewy air of midnight.  Hilmi breathed in the crunch of his foot falls under the gravel path along the train tracks snug deep in erosion.  It had been another day thick with sweat, blabber, and incongruous thoughts, but Hilmi had secured his energy as he often did for the heat was never kind, and he counted memories.  Throughout the gift of time, life escaped countless souls in vibrant ways, but there had been no memorable expression of the sort for Hilmi.  

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Dinner by Doug Liberati

Prompt: Leftovers  | Word Count: 500 Words | Genre: Fantasy?

Warning: May be a bit dark

The leftovers tempt me. Piled on the table, the heaping platter of meat slowly cooling. The juices and fats congealing.

Papa sits in his chair at the head of the table snoring away his meal. His white t-shirt is stained with gravy and dotted with gristle. Hands crossed over his great belly, the chair bows under his weight. Continue reading