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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Secret Desires by Rachel Dye

Prompt: The Club | Word Count: 750 | Genre: General Fiction | Warning: Deals with adult themes and consenting sexual content Sweat slid down Mike’s neck, and he adjusted his position. His hand still held the car door handle, yet his erection already begged for release. A…

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Marriage Rules for the Zombie Apocalypse by Rachel Dye

Prompt: Coming Undone | Word count: 1200 (exactly) | Genre: General Fiction

“Did you live in a neighborhood like this before?”  Esther stared at the suburb laid out before her. Looking past the over-grown lawns, broken windows and a few burned out shells, she allowed herself to slip into the past.  The building’s roof overlooked what must once have been a street filled with families and noise.

“No,” Jeremiah’s gruff answer broke her daydream fog and she turned to stare at her husband.  In her previous life, she would never have been drawn to him; although it was unlikely he would have looked her way either.

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A Peaceful Rest by Rachel Dye

     Prompt:  Going Home | Word Count:  500 (exactly) | Genre:  General Fiction

       Martha stretched as she woke and reveled in the peace of her body. She felt amazing; what a strange feeling. The sun draped her face, as she sighed.

       “Good morning, beautiful.”

       Martha’s eyes widened. “Hank,” the name tumbled from her lips as she stared at  her husband. He was dressed in the Army uniform he’d worn the day he’d shipped out.

       “Surprised to see me, love?” he tapped her nose playfully.

       She tried to remain calm. “Since you’ve been dead more than fifty years, a little.”
Hank smiled. “I’m dead too.” The words felt scary…and right.

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Live by the List by Rachel Dye

Prompt: The List |  Word count: 1032 | Genre: Fantasy | Mild Violence and Profanity

“Live by the list; die by the list!” Eve dutifully repeated the words as she entered the Assassin’s Hall.  I never wanted to be an assassin, Eve cringed at the young initiate’s words but she continued towards her place at the front. There was little she could do to comfort the unblooded woman.

Her decade of service granted her one of the highest ranking positions in the Corp.  Perhaps with time the young one might learn to accept her fate but the odds were never in their favor.  More than half the new initiates would be buried before the end of the year, dead by one of the factions’ hands during a botched assassination or by their own guilt.

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Sealing Mom’s Fate by Rachel Dye

Prompt: Conversation with my spouse | Word count: 1200 words | Genre: Dark Comedy

“Are you sure about this?”  With one random idea I might have just ended my marriage, and I thought I might throw up as I waited for Xander’s answer.

“Of course I am.”  His hand tapped lightly against our kitchen table and he sighed as the light above flickered.  Gesturing towards the offensive object he continued, “This place is awful; you deserve so much better.”  As if on cue, the neighbors started yelling again.  We had been listening to their ongoing drama for the last two nights.

“I am still rooting for Pedro,” Xander whispered.

 I smiled and giggled. “Pedro was gone for four months without a word.”

 Defending our faceless neighbor, Xander exclaimed, “He came back and found her in bed with his brother!”

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The Night Before by Rachel Dye

Prompt:  New Life | Word Count:  1000 (exactly) | Genre:  General Fiction

       The lights of the city twinkled through my window, as I stood gazing at the slumbering city, I now called home.  I glanced at the bed and tried not to flinch at the late hour.  Fear twisted in my belly, even as I tried calming my body enough to encourage sleep.

       “The next phase of your life starts tomorrow, Kat.”  Micah’s soft words filled the room and I smiled.  Rather than answer immediately, I moved towards him and burrowed into my husband’s chest.  His fresh, earthy scent soothed my tattered nerves; this was what I needed.

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The Witch’s Daughter by Rachel Dye

Prompt:  A white lie | Word Count:  2500 (exactly) | Genre:  Historical Fiction

The spring sun failed to warm Agatha as she watched her mother slowly ascend the stairs of the scaffold. Her mother’s long brown hair was streaked with more gray then she remembered, and had been cut just below her ears. Was the hangman concerned her long braid would interfere with the day’s justice or had the town magistrate wished to humiliate the proud woman? Likely both, Agatha thought.

 Her mother appeared unfazed by her starring role in this tragedy. She looked almost peaceful, as though she was at home, instead of facing the wooden instrument of judgment. The urge to look away warred with Agatha’s desire to see her mother. If she dared remove her gaze, she might miss any small acknowledgment before her mother was ripped from this world.

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