How to Fight Unity by Daniel Casey

Prompt: Mastermind | Word count: 1000 words exactly | Genre: Science Fiction

Kelton shuddered involuntarily as his ship transitioned back to normal space, the after effects of the transit field still wreaked hell on his physiology, despite years of experience.

Glancing at the preliminary readouts, he grimaced.  Four jumps past the edge of known space; he’d been tasked with following the traces of the Tessera’s jumps signatures back to their origins.

Sighing in resignation, he swung the long-range scout ship around and headed in towards the system’s primary.   He couldn’t see any signs of anything in this system.  Two gas giants at distance, and what looked like the remains of a planet blasted into an asteroid belt.

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The Rules by Joanna Rubery

Prompt: Masterminds | Word Count: 1000 exactly (in Word) | Genre: Crime/Domestic Noir

The sea was uneasy. I watched the sunset spill across the water and fragment into frothy shards.

Don reached over for his glass, brushed away a mosquito.

“Let’s stay here,” I whispered. “Please,” but my words melted in the heat. I slid down into the rattan chair.

A waiter appeared, barefoot. A westerner. He glanced at Don, twice over.

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Our Little Mastermind by Rachel Grise

Prompt: Mastermind I Word Count: 1000 I Genre: Fiction

We called you our little mastermind before you were ever even born. Not like an evil mastermind, which is what I think everyone immediately thinks of when they hear that word. But, like, the superman of masterminds, using your talents for truth, justice, and the American way. At least that’s how we saw it. After all, you were doing incredible things before you were barely a fetus.

I had been sick almost every day for a week, and not just in the mornings either, but afternoons, evenings, after eating, before eating. It was flu season, and I thought I caught some awful bug. I’m embarrassed to tell you this, you being a mastermind and all, but it took me an entire week to realize that I could be pregnant.

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Young masterminds by Tricia Ever

Prompt: Masterminds | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Fiction The chirping of crickets drifted languidly through the open window. The sheer curtain barely stirred in the faintest of breezes and the shadow of a tree branch hung motionless on the…

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Eve by Zane Baisley

Prompt: |Mastermind | Word count: 1000 | Genre: Science Fiction

I like that it’s quiet down here, well except for the hum of the fans.

A bank of servers and other electronics stand along the east wall. The space is small, about the size of a double garage, the black cabinets taking up most of the space. Three large screens sit midway up the north wall, the centre screen much larger than the other two. This is my haven – my sanctuary. Here I can communicate with the world.

The desk faces the huge screens; a spot in the middle accommodates my wheel chair, an empty spot on my right, closest to the servers and processing units, for Theodore, my hands. A room next door holds banks of batteries, charged by the solar cells up above ground on the roof of the main dwelling. I could be in here for days, they could take down the power grid and I could still operate.

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The Club by Ashleigh Seton-Rogers

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 words | Genre:  Comedy

Astrid strolled slowly into the school.  It was dark out and the place was deserted.  She wasn’t sure what to expect.  And if it hadn’t been for the light up ahead, coming from one of the classrooms, she would have fled.

A Facebook message had started all this.  It had said something to the effect that she would ‘benefit greatly from this gathering’.  She had tried to look up the person “Glynis” who had sent the message, but their profile had been set to private and except for a pic of a cat as the profile pic, there hadn’t been much go on.  Nearing the door, she heard chatter and the scraping of chairs.

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The Club by Sarah Muzaffar

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 768 words | Genre:  Women Fiction

”Irena, would you like to share something with us” I asked the girl who looked ten years older than her age. She hesitated, but with a little encouragement from others, she was ready to open up today. She shifted a little in her chair to finally speak after a week long of silent attendance.”

“It was a long time ago” she began as a dozen curious eyes closed in on her. She looked at her audience, empathetic faces listening intently to her.”

“It started soon after my high school boyfriend broke up with me, after 10 years of togetherness. We were meant to be, or so I thought, a happily-ever-after kinda crap. I could not bear the separation and the pain came with it. The day he got married to my best friend, just a month after our breakup, pushed me over the fence. People suck! You never know who and what lies behind a face.”

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Not Yet Jade, Sorry by Daniel Casey

Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 words exactly | Genre:

Drifting through the void, faced on all sides with a starry expanse. There was nothing left here. If there were, he’d know it. Sensors be damned, he’d been flying mop-up on this damned frontier for cycles now, and his sensors were only right half the time about where they Tessera were going to appear.

He glanced at his readouts once more. Nothing.

It felt wrong. He looked up, there was something wrong, there had to be something the sensors were missing.

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1997 by Rachel Grise

Prompt: The Club I Word Count: 750  I Genre: General Fiction

Mandi and I edged closer to the door. She blew out a long stream of smoke from a menthol and then stamped it out on the sidewalk. “Line’s moving slow.” She muffled through her scarf.

I bobbed my head, “I thought maybe it was just me cause I’m so anxious.”

She looked at me quizzically, and I couldn’t help but smile.

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The Club by Joanna Rubery

Prompt: The Club  | Word count: 750 (exactly) | Genre: Sci-fi/horror

Rob saw it first.

We were limbering up, and then – I remember – he went very still.

“Mik-eyyyyyy!” came a two-handed holler from across the fields. I always forgave Rob his little brother. We even let Stevie in The Club – after all, there were some games you couldn’t play with two. (“I swear on my life,” Stevie had repeated, as a bead of scarlet trickled down his palm.)

“Earth to Mik-eyyy!” yelled Stevie.

“Get on with it,” I muttered, the bat rough in my hand. I felt the prick of a splinter.

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