“Oh bloody hell.” Lolly muttered.
She stared at the bottom of the blog page, noticing that yet again her “The Gates are Closed” post hadn’t gone through. She’d about reached the limit of her patience with her rattletrap old computer.
“I’m going to wind up in an asylum if this keeps happening.”
“Now , now…” the demon whispered in her ear. “There’s no pride in suicide. Let me offer you a deal.”
“I just want this fucking post to go through!”
The demon smiled as the entry finally posted and Lolly fell dead.
“The Gates are Closed”
OK! Random inspiration borne of abject frustration aside, let's get on with it.
Our winner is Noah Heinrich with The Great Game: I loved the dialogue in this. Very clever use of the prompts as well. This was great fun to read! Thank you.
Also in the winner's circle this week is Patricia Purvis with Cripplegate Junction/Part 5-Cakes And Cautions: On the surface it's a simple little slice of life. A canteen, some free pastries, and a cute little girl. But I love ominous you've made it all. As always, lovely use of the prompts. Thank you.
And now, the Tome has offered up new words.
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum (excluding title) of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. Serialized fiction is, as always, welcome. All variants and use of the words and stems are fine.
Feel free to post links to your stories on Twitter or Facebook or whichever social media best pleases you and, if you like, remind your friends that we are open to new and returning writers.
You have until Friday, March 27th. Winners and words on Saturday, March 28th.