Lara’s List by Riham Gharib

Prompt: The list | Word count: 1500 words | Genre: Romantic Drama

The movie was not exactly what they expected, but still the three friends were having a good time. It was a day worthy of celebration. Adam, the clever guy, graduated college with flying colors, he came second best, and was a bit down, and that was even more reason to celebrate. Watching a movie was almost a weekly ritual for them, but the day called for more action so next, they had plans to get some pizza, then ice cream, and naturally burn it all at the dance floor. The planning was Lara’s specialty, but she made it feel like a mutually agreed on decision. Karim, the talented one, was a bit timid about crowds, but he didn’t know how to say no to Lara.

‘What does she see in him? Why would a girl like THAT be with a player? A jerk actually!!’ whispered Adam, his voice clear to Lara but barely reaching Karim. As always she sat between the two guys, it wasn’t a choice made by anyone, just where she liked to be, and where they knew she would be.

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The List by JM Barrie

Prompt: The List | Word Count: 1500 | Genre: Childrens sci-fi/adventure

Jonah threw his Starfighter’s throttle hard to the left as Frederick’s fighter exploded in front of him. Bloody Corporation bastards. He dodged the debris field. ‘All remaining Gamma Squad fighters, form up, we’re going to hit that Corporation cruiser again. One more attacking run and I reckon we’ve got her.’

Half a dozen single seater fighters raced in formation towards the battle cruiser painted the bright green of the Corporation. ‘Split on my mark – three, two, one, Mark!’ Jonah yelled into his mouthpiece. The ships broke formation and assumed individual attack vectors. Jonah trained his weapons array on the cruiser’s damaged shield generators, damaged courtesy of the squad’s first attack run. His console beeped. He stabbed it.

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The List by Komal

Prompt: The List | Word Count: 1500 words | Genre: Thriller

6:15 AM                                         

Cool breeze did very little to keep away the sweat beads forming on the guy’s forehead. He took out his handkerchief to wipe the sweat away. He had been planning this for a few days now. He tried getting a formal meeting but couldn’t get through. He was determined to make this ‘meeting’ work.

He looked at his wristwatch. It was time.

In a couple of minutes, he saw an old man jogging towards him.

“Mr. Banerjee” said the guy in a formal suit as he passed him on the jogging track. Mr. Banerjee stopped and turned around to look at him.

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Number One is Happy by Patty Panni

Prompt: The List | Word count: 1 500 | Genre: Family-friendly fiction

“Whatever we do,” Marge said breathlessly, “we must not fritter away this opportunity!”

I looked at her over my glasses and sighed. “No, Marge. We definitely won’t fritter it away.” I looked away and muttered, “whatever that means,” under my breath.

“I heard that!” she exclaimed. “You always think I don’t hear, but I do. I hear more than you think.”

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Her Duties by Joyce Finny

Prompt: The List  |  Genre: Drama  |  Word count: 1500 words

Caution: Contains graphically violent scenes and coarse language

You are lying on your bed and staring at the ceiling. You had hoped to stare aimlessly, trying to take your mind off what’s happening to you. But then you spot a cobweb in the corner. And suddenly you hear your mother, sounding like an ancient figurehead, almost as if it isn’t her but a thousand score ancestors speaking through her, “A woman must keep her house and herself clean and beautiful, as a bride decked up for her husband.”

It always happens, this intrusion of strange voices. They come in at the most inopportune moments. As if they are a list of songs on an old record playing on an even older gramophone, that never works when it should, and always when it shouldn’t.

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The Escape by David Macfie

Prompt: The List | Word count: 1500 | Genre: Historical Thriller

Joseph closed his journal and rubbed his eyes. He had been cataloguing all the things that must be done for “the great escape”, as he and his friends called their audacious plans. He was the butler at Worthington Manor and every day was incredibly busy and stressful. It was his job to make sure that every aspect of the daily life of the manor ran like clock-work. And it was not just about a constant daily routine. The lord and lady of the manor had a wide circle of relatives, friends, business associates, members of parliament and many other people they wanted to influence in some way or the other. So Joseph was expected to organize all the dinners, parties, balls, hunting expeditions, holidays, and business trips at home and abroad. And it didn’t stop there. He also had to manage all the other activities needed to keep the lord and his lady in the top strata of society.

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Countdown by Duane Allicock

Prompt: The List| Word count: 1500 | Genre: Fiction

The day Darius began to lose feeling in his body was the same day he and his fiancée called it quits. The wedding had been carded for April 30, less than 3 months away. His resistance to an old flame’s nude Snapchats, calls and conveniently showing up at his job, gave out a week before the other shoe dropped. And as luck had it, Janine received a text outlining all of Darius’ sins 10 Thursdays before the big day.

He knew she couldn’t be blamed for her reaction. In the months to come, when he had lost more than the ability to detect the kiss of an afternoon breeze on his face, he would wonder about how he had managed to remain faithful to her for so long.

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The Curious Forgetting of Siberius Flint

Prompt: The List | Word Count: 1500 | Genre: Abstract

Siberius Flint was forgettable. So forgettable, in fact, that his parents left him at the hospital the day after he was born, and the nurse had to call them on their home phone to remind them about little Siberius. They came back, of course, completely confused as to why they had forgotten him, and took him home. They forgot him again and again, and he soon learned that noise was the only way to bring them to him, so he cried constantly, which did nothing to endear him to their hearts.
Being extremely young- 19 and 20- they soon realized they couldn’t care for him and put him up for adoption.
And so little Siberius, at the tender age of two weeks, was deposited into the national foster care system.
His first foster family loved him dearly, when they remembered him. When they didn’t, Siberius had to resort to his old habit of shrieking at the top of his tiny little lungs. Babies, for their lung size, can make a sizable noise that is very hard to forget, even if the baby making the noise is.

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The Time Capsule by Moira le Roux

Prompt: The list  | Word count: 2500  | Genre: Women’s Fiction

We drove home in silence. This was the night that Alexis, my lovely wife, had spoken about for so many years. It was going to be the highlight of the year. Something had gone wrong, and I wasn’t sure what. We had all heard the story of the time capsule. She had been talking excitedly about it since it happened. Twenty years ago, when she was fifteen, her teacher had the whole grade fill out a page of what they wanted to achieve in the next twenty years. Tonight, was the school reunion, and the opening of the time capsule. Alexis had been in an excited mood all evening, catching up with old friends, and then came time for the opening of the time capsule. There was laughter and joking all around, but as she opened her envelope, with the list in it, she went quiet. After a few minute’s she said goodbye to all her friends, and we left early. She wouldn’t show me her list.

I parked the car in the garage and turned to her. “Please tell me what the matter is, love. This was supposed to be a great night, and the girls are all excited about the time capsule. They are going to wonder why you are so unhappy.”

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You shouldn’t talk to strangers by Jeff Mauser

Prompt: The List | Word count: 1500 words | Genre: Mystery / Spy

The staff secretary knocked on my office door letting me know I had mail causing me to flinch smudging one of the ‘holes’ I had to fill in on the MFG-620 form.  I had just started on the 14 sheets required to get my latest MTBE improvement process formatted to run on our Cray 1700 computer.  I erased the smudge and begin again being sure to fill in only the small ovals with my number 2 pencil.  Twenty minutes later I had all the holes filled in that I needed to have the required data entered.

I swapped the 8.5 x 11 plain manila envelope she had left in my mail slot with my paperwork.  Sitting down at my desk I lit up a Marlboro opening the envelope.  Three small 8 x 5 photo’s fell out along with a note.  I didn’t have to see the photos to know I was in trouble.  The note was spelled out with letters cut out of a magazine:

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