Crossing the Line by Jen Berthold

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word Count:1195 | Genre: Adult Drama

The bold yellow line of paint on the ground in front of her marked the boundary. The tarmac continued past the boundary line invitingly, into the shade of a large fig tree with widely spreading branches. On the other side of the tree the tarmac rolled back into the summer sun, right to the edge of the church building. Continue reading

Coda Egypta by Wanda Hughes

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

Ammon Mahmoud owned a small bookstore in a crowded, twisting alley not far from the center of town. At night the little lane was unlit by street lamps and mostly deserted as the store owners lived in more residential areas. Their shops catered to tourists with fine local goods; handwoven rugs, blown glass vases, figures carved from exotic wood and stone. Continue reading

That Will Not Be Necessary by Elaine Dodge

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 | Genre: Dark Humour | For those who like them – It’s the return of the brains.

There was a time when the disarticulated brain in the large jar second to the left on the third shelf from the bottom had been known as King of the Lab. Now, he was about to become King of the Fridge. Something he’d enjoy for about five minutes before the sub-zero temperature froze him into a coma. The brain, correctly labelled as XLP#304, was miffed, to put it mildly. Continue reading

Some lessons are taught in silence by Zéfira Maia

Prompt: That will not be necessary | Word Count: 1200 words | Genre: Drama

Suitable for all audiences

“I still hate his silence, Martina.” Alicia squeezed her hands in fists.

“How long has it been since you two last spoke?” The woman in a light blue uniform holding a baby replied. Continue reading

An Unwelcome Gift by Anusuya Kashi

Prompt:That will not be necessary l Word Count:1200 words exactly l Genre: Fiction

Rajaram strolled through the fair, watching the hawkers market their wares. The huge playground that wore a desolate look on normal days had come to life for this annual event in the tiny village of Gopalpur. Women haggled with the vendors over trinkets. Men stood cheering around the wrestling ring where two sturdy youngsters battled it out. The village kids crowded near the play area, awaiting their turn on the merry-go-round. Continue reading

That Will Not Be Necessary by Andrea Wilson

Prompt: That Will Not Be Necessary | Word Count: 1200 words exactly | Genre: Short Story

“Wait!!!” I screamed while banging my fist against the bus door.

Sadly, the driver refused to stop and I was left standing in a large puddle during a downpour. Water seeped into my shoes at the seams. I turned around slowly and trudged back to the covered bus stop to try and prevent further soaking. Not that it really mattered. My hood had flown back as I’d jogged alongside the bus and now my mascara was tracing the lines of my cheeks and my once coifed shoulder-length bob was a ridiculously matted mess. 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

Broken-hearted by Maria Kinnersley

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

She curled up in her bed, the covers over her head. The alarm had gone, but she did not want to get up. Her heart was broken and she had lost the will to get on with life. What was the point now she thought to herself? The person who was the meaning in her life did not want her; Continue reading

Only the Good Die Young by David Macfie

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

At seven fifteen in the morning, James Blind, the man from AUNTI, read his new-mission instructions. He’d only been home two weeks since his last visit to Damascus in Syria. That mission, was to terminate the leaders of two competing nuclear arms traders, nicknamed ‘Cats’ and ‘Dogs’ Continue reading