FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 49: WHAT’S BEHIND THE CURTAIN?

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Magicians use sleight of hand to confuse and deceive when they perform their tricks. Metaphorically speaking, clever criminals do the same. Some leave false clues and plant evidence to direct suspicion away from themselves. During the investigation of a crime, the curtain may be pulled back many times, but does it reveal the truth or only what the perpetrator wants revealed? Such is the nature of mystery stories. They give, they take, they hide and they reveal. But in the end, are we presented with the solution, or simply another mystery?

This week, we’re giving your story a start. Where it goes from there is up to you. Will you give us the key to that locked room at the top of the stairs? Will you take us on a guided tour of an abandoned house’s secret passageways? Will we be invited to a party where no one is who they appear to be?

Let us tag along with you through all the twists and turns of your riddle within a puzzle.

Prompt: Write a story that begins with one of the following sentences:

  1. What have I done?
  2. It was obvious that he had been lying all along.
  3. When she opened the safe, it was empty.
  4. They had to find the diary before midnight.
  5. We couldn’t let anyone know we’d been inside.

Genre: Mystery

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, August 4, 2016

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 48: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? — THE STORIES

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This week’s prompt was to write a story about casting a love spell. Let’s find out what magic our writers have for us this week.

  1. Joyce Juzwik reminds us love happens All in Good Time…

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 48: DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?

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You’ve met someone you’re crazy about, but he/she sees you as nothing more than an acquaintance. You mention your crush to a friend, who tells you there’s a simple solution to your problem. All it would take is one visit to the old woman who lives at the north end of town. Tell her what you want, she’ll cast a spell, and your wish for love will come true. Your friend used her ‘services’ and the spell worked perfectly.

You’re not a believer in all that hocus pocus nonsense, but decide to give it a try anyway. After all, what can it hurt?

Prompt: Write a story about casting a love spell

Genre: Horror

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, July 28, 2016

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 47: ARE YOU THE ONE FOR ME? — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week was to write a story about a blind date. Let’s find out how those dates turned out.

  1. Joyce Juzwik lets us know all is Safe

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 47: ARE YOU THE ONE FOR ME?

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You haven’t been active socially following a breakup months ago. A friend decides you’ve been on the shelf for far too long, and arranges for you to go on a blind date. Your friend tells you nothing about the person except where to meet, and you are given a code word to use for purposes of recognition. It’s all a bit cloak and dagger for your liking, but you know you’ll never hear the end of it if you don’t go, so you agree.

It’s hard to anticipate how a blind date will turn out. We want you to tell us all about yours.

Prompt: Write a story about a blind date

Genre: Romance

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, July 21, 2016

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 46: JUST ONE MORE THING… — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week was to write a detective story.

Let’s find out what cases our detectives worked on this week.

  1. Joyce Juzwik shares At The Drop of a Dime

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 46: JUST ONE MORE THING…

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Famous words from a famous detective. For Lieutenant Columbo, it was always ‘just one more thing’. If he spent more than five minutes with you, there would continue to be just one more thing until he put the cuffs on you.

In addition to homicide, which was Columbo’s area of expertise, there are detectives working in many other areas of law enforcement, such as robbery, burglary, auto theft, organized crimes, and missing persons, just to name a few.

There are also detectives that work in the private sector, appropriately titled Private Investigators, or PI’s. A PI might work on cases involving infidelity, child custody, insurance investigations, and surveillance assignments. They also often assist the prosecution or the defense with criminal cases.

This week, your detective’s working on a case, and we want you to tell us all about it. He/she can be police or private – totally up to you.

Prompt: Write a detective story

Genre: Detective Fiction

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, July 14, 2016

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 45: INDEPENDENCE DAY — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week was to write a story about Independence Day in a fantasy world.

Let’s find out how those magical creatures celebrate.

  1. Joyce Juzwik shared Independence Day

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 45: INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Next Monday is July 4th, Independence Day, the day celebrating the anniversary of national independence. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States.

That is what occurs on Independence Day in our world, but what about that ‘other world’? What significance does independence have in worlds filled with magic and dragons? Are those delightful creatures such as unicorns and fairies truly free, or is independence something they must struggle to obtain and maintain?

Prompt: Write a story about Independence Day in your ‘other world’

Genre: Fantasy

Word Count: 1,500 or less

Deadline: Thursday, July 7, 2016

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FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, WEEK 44: WORDS FROM THE OTHER SIDE — THE STORIES

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The prompt this week was to write a story that began with one of the following sentences, and the genre was paranormal.

  1. I wondered why that particular closet door had been nailed shut.
  2. They would never believe it had been her fault.
  3. He had to find a way to stop them from demolishing the house.
  4. She knew she had to find the necklace.
  5. The box was left at the front door, and had no return address.

Let’s check out which starter our writers chose.

  1. Joyce Juzwik selected #1 and used it to reveal Family Secrets

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