A Story A Day Challenge 2017: The Favorite

The Favorite

Malcolm stood over the crumpled form of his latest challenger. The two-foot-long gash across the man’s midsection served as witness to his fate.

Lifting his gaze to the other combatants, he said, “Who wishes to follow Tam into the next life?”

None of the four men moved except to look at one another.

The sight brought a smile to Malcolm’s face as he hefted his sword and leapt toward them.

Two were downed before the others could move. The third grasped his throat and Malcolm turned to the fourth man. The crowd’s cheer drowned out the man’s please for mercy.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: The Hunt

The Hunt

The smell of fear permeated the air, driving Raul and Melina to the point of madness.

The yearly hunt had begun in earnest an hour before, and most of the pack had made their kills.

Let them have the easy ones, my dear, Raul cooed in his wife’s mind.

Yes, she responded in kind. We shall take the strong.

They moved as one, tracking through the forest until they came to a cave. The scent was so strong, they didn’t think twice.

A large shadowy figure stood waiting. Moonlight glistened off his silver sword. “Come, beasts. Let us finish this.”

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything

Vincent’s eyes opened at the sound of hunters Each step coming toward him echoed in the room.

He tried desperately to move, but his condition wouldn’t allow it. At least, not yet. He mentally winced when they threw open his hiding place and glared at him with blood lust in their eyes.

It’s only a matter of time, now.

As they taunted him, his eyes shot toward the small window off to the side and the clear night sky beyond.

His final thought before the point of the wooden stake pierced his chest was, It’s only an hour till dawn.

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Need a Bite

Need a Bite

Jake jumped at hearing a dog’s bark from a few blocks away.

His breath misted in large clouds as he waited for any more sounds. When nothing came, he turned back to his work.

The funeral parlor’s window was unlocked as it was every night, and he slid through it with ease. He didn’t know what he or his family would do if the owner ever fixed that window.

He pushed the thoughts aside and squinted in the dim lighting in the building and saw the freezer just ahead. He just needed a few more pounds of meat for dinner…

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: Woe is a Word

Woe is a Word

Pam sat back and blew out a breath as the document uploaded to her email. When it was ready, she pressed send.

This is it. I’m finally done.

A smile played across her face at knowing her first completed novel was on the way to her publisher. After three years and countless rewrites, she accomplished her first goal.

Now for the sequel. She picked up a blank notebook and pen and stared at the paper. The story had been alive throughout her first book, but now, not a single word came to her.

Sighing, she chuckled.

Coffee. I need coffee.

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The Poetry Corner featuring Vic Tomlinson

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of the Poetry Corner! 🙂 Please join me in welcoming Vic Tomlinson! Take it away, Vic. 🙂

My Dogs by Vic Tomlinson

I love my dogs,

even though they lay around

like bumps on logs.

They sleep all day,

oblivious to the sun’s rays.

They lift their heads to scratch and lick

as the clock continues to tick.

When I come home, they greet me then

as if I were the king of their den.

If I need someone to complain to,

they are always there, next to my shoe.

They are my friends

and they’re there until the end.

Hopefully, I care for my “brothers”

as much as I do these others.

 

Awesome poem, Vic! Nothing is like a dog or other pet that is always there for us. 🙂

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As always, any poetry shared remains the property of the poet. I only share it with the poet’s permission.

 

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A Story A Day Challenge 2017: By Any Means

By Any Means

“Damn, Doug, I don’t think we can pull this off.” Hank shook his head as he stared at the blank screen. He was about to give up after hours of trying to come up with a story in time for the morning edition.

Doug took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes. “Maybe we can make something up?”

“You kidding? We’ll fail for sure.”

“Would you rather take a guaranteed F, or risk an F?”

Hank stared at him for a moment, then nodded. If he failed this, his parents would skin him. “Fine. Who do we write it about?”

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