A false start by Florence Waeni

Prompt: A celebration | Word Count: 2501| Genre: Fiction

The fireworks display was to die for. I watched from the shack in the slum as I sipped on my sweet black tea and munched on a slice of bread. Happy screams rose and fell with each burst of lights. The world out there was so alive… The world out there was so ready… Continue reading

The Prescription by Aisling Doonan

Prompt: A Celebration | Word Count: 2,499 | Genre: Family/Humour

“Take a seat.”

The Doctor sat back in his executive chair and smoothed his pink polka dot tie down over his paunch.

“How can I help you today?”

He smiled encouragingly at the man sitting in front of him, all the while weighing up the pros and cons of having a panini or a pasta salad for his lunch in exactly 15 minutes. Continue reading

Innocence Project Office by Hannah Hassler

Prompt: A celebration | Word Count: 2499 | Genre: Realistic Fiction

At 8am on Monday I found myself in a small, beige waiting room. It wasn’t immediately clear if the paint color had been chosen intentionally, or if nature had weathered what had once been white; a closer inspection would have been pointless, and a bit revolting. Continue reading

Say Goodbye by Raschael Ash

Prompt: Celebration | Word Count: 2276 words | Genre: Fiction – Thriller

She lay on top of the hotel bed, staring up at the smooth, ivory ceiling. She closed her eyes, letting herself sink into the soft white duvet. The hotel room was much nicer than her own room but she missed the comfort that home brought.  Hannah lay silently, waiting for the emptiness that seemed to fill her soul at the moment to envelope her completely and hopefully take her away. Continue reading

A Wedding Frenzy by Tracy Kisgen

Prompt:  A Wedding Frenzy | Word Count: 2500 exactly | Genre: 

I find myself yelling while Daisy licks flour off the floor.

“If one more thing goes wrong I’m going to lose my freaking mind!”

Why did I commit to baking my brother’s wedding cake? Did I really think watching YouTube videos would grant me baker skills? Why does it look so easy when pros make cakes? Continue reading

For Abernathy by Amanda Rioux

Prompt: A Celebration | Word Count: 2500 words | Genre: Fiction

Poor Abernathy.

That was the sentiment of every creature gathered at the eulogy. Furry arms and feathered wings alike were draped in sympathy over his widow, Clementine. The egg they had rescued—not yet hatched—was cradled in its mother’s wings. She promised herself the fledging would grow up knowing the sacrifice Abernathy had made. Continue reading

Picture a Life by Michelle Richar

Prompt: A Celebration | Word Count: 2500 words | Genre: Fiction

In a bright, large room adorned with fancy chandeliers and red roses, an elderly man was standing, raising a glass full of champagne, and finishing a toast. “My darling Rebecca, our lives and our hearts have been full for the past fifty years. Looking around at this room filled with our beautiful family, I am proud to call all of them my life’s work. And I’m even prouder to call you my partner through all of it. Cheers to my beautiful bride and the family we were lucky enough to create and call ours.”   Continue reading

A Celebration by Elaine Dodge

Prompt: A Celebration | Word Count: 2500 | Genre: Police drama/humour

“Dickens came screaming through. He had this bloody big knife in his hand. I had to shoot him, he was going to kill me!” Sullivan cried.

“You were in bed with his wife.” Detective Brown was bored. He’d heard all this before in a thousand variations. Continue reading

The Dance of the Gods by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt: A Celebration  l Word count: 2500 words exactly  l  Genre: Thriller

7.30 am

Constable Santhosh stood at the window of the Edakkad Police Station, watching the sunrise. A bird chirped somewhere, and a few moments later, another chimed in. A gentle breeze blew across the room. Santhosh was ready for yet another hectic day. Continue reading

Suz’s Closet by Miriam Calleja

Prompt: The Celebration | Word Count2500 words exactly | Genre: LGBTIQ

“I’m leaving you because you should be with a woman”, he said.

My chin dropped. Then it wobbled. This was the worst timing. With the opening of my new store coming up in a couple of months, my needing to find someone to run the store, the insane schedule designing and making clothes for the new collection, and the general madness surrounding the recent new-found popularity of my brand; in other words, I didn’t really have the time to get dumped. Continue reading