One Last Time by Martin Haworth

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

“That will not be necessary.”

I look up, and raise my eyebrows a little, proffering the card once more. This time I wiggle it a bit. He remains stony-faced.

“OK then, thank you,” I retreat.

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Terminal by AliD

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

The rubber door seal whooshed as it slid across the tiled floor, before sucking itself back into its hole. Familiar tile-flapping of the nurse’s clogs passed backwards and forwards, around and around the bed.

Here we go again, Alice thought. Continue reading

BBQ Chicken for Dinner by Zita Fogarty

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word count: 1200 words | Genre: creative nonfiction

We are now into the summer season here in Australia. As the residents of the eastern state of New South Wales where I live prepare for another bushfire season, my thoughts are with those people who suffered enormous loss five years ago in the Blue Mountains bushfires of 17th October 2013. 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

Under the Train Station by Wanda Hughes

Prompt: Leftovers | Word count: 500 | Genre: Drama

It’s eternally dark down here, drafty, too; steamy and dank, smells like dirty socks. The kind that Old Geezer wore daily without washing. Whispers come in the steam like mutterings of mad men. Movements, too, in the dark, I see them out of the corner of my eye, shapeless things shambling around the bend in the tunnel. Continue reading

Plated by Mindy Goorchenko

Prompt: Leftovers | Word Count: 500 words | Genre: Contemporary realism


Porsche had sunk to a new low. She was very, very drunk. Not only had she ingested her own profuse supply of alcohol; she had gone through the entire apartment and finished everybody else’s leftovers. Sloppy seconds of margaritas, champagne, wine, Jack and Coke. It all went down her hatch. And she was feeling it now. So gloriously, sloppily, shittily drunk. Continue reading

Good Enough is the New Great by Miriam Calleja

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

On the way we rearranged ourselves in rows. I had spotted him in front of me, kind of like the way you spot people going to your same destination in airports. They are your clan, and you want to avoid their gaze, and any association with them. I tried to show myself smoother, fly higher, look superior by looking effortless. I don’t know why he was my focus point, he looked more dishevelled than the others. Mother would have never approved. Continue reading

Boy in the Harbor by Annalie Kleinloog

Prompt:  Leftovers | Word count: 500 | Genre:  South-African Historical Fiction|

The port bustled with traders and transporters and local smouse. The hawkers jostled for prime positions and the ones in the back of the crowd competed with hoarse shouts and foul language.

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