On November 25th, 1859, Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking book, On the Origin of Species. The idea of evolution was controversial; to claim that the world wasn’t unchanging and had not always been the same chafed against human ideals of perfection. But as we well know, nothing in life is truly static.
In the spirit of this anniversary, this week we want to explore evolution and new discoveries; because sometimes change can be terrifying, but it can also be freeing.
This week's prompts
Write a story where someone says, “Everything is changing.”
Dramatic – 62 stories
Write about two old friends meeting for the first time in years.
Adults – 62 stories
Write about someone whose desire to constantly improve something borders on obsessive.
Dramatic – 28 stories
Write a story about a brilliant scientist making a startling discovery.
Science Fiction – 46 stories
“The Law of Rare Events” by Terry Wayne Carpenter
Warning: sexual fetish content. A darkness passes over the quiescent surveillance of drones mining precious metals beneath the ocean floor. What else could be hiding down here? Drones are the only things capable of withstanding the pressure and heat this deep in earth’s crust. The drones and their Spider Captain, of course. Upon first glance, Chester Jones thinks nothing of it, and goes back to thumbing through the photos stored on his phone: Annika… Nata… Anita… Cherise… Only five more days until the transp...
“How to Assassinate the Undead” by Graham Kinross
Flaming skeletons marched through the dragon scorched streets of Holyhome. Little remained of what had been the capital of the continent’s most powerful empire. “What now?” Sir Danielle Longbow asked the assassin by her side. “Now you blacken that tabard and stash your armour where it can’t give us away,” said Catherine Harper, who wore the blackened silver hawk mask as always. ...
“The Heart-Shaped Girls ” by Liv Chocolate
In third grade, I envied the girls with the heart-shaped faces. Their sharp little chins always made me think of freshly sharpened colored pencils—and their skulls, so delicate and pointed, reminded me of candy hearts—the ones I’d get every Valentine’s Day up until the age of nine or ten or whenever you had to start being more than just a girl enrolled in the public school system to receive heart-shaped objects from people you wanted to kiss. My only consolation at the time was that the candy hearts tasted like chal...
“Ten Years” by Lindsay Flo
You’re raking leaves in your yard, like it’s any old Sunday. Like you’re living any old storyline, one that omits the chapter where you abandon your family, and along with it, mine. The funny thing is, I was going to do this next week. After ten years, I finally asked Roarke where you lived. I knew he knew. But in our world it’s almost as if you never existed, in which case I guess you got what you wanted...
“Transitions” by Mike Panasitti
My patient thinks everything is changing. For the worse. They are gender-transitioning from female to male and aren’t certain they want to complete the transformation. They state fear is the main reason for this uncertainty. Today was supposed to be the first day they began using the pronoun “he,” but they have balked at its adoption. “What chances does a woman who wants to be a man have of surviving if civilization goes to shit?” is what they ask before they are even laying on the couch that most of my pat...
“The Ringer” by Kendall Defoe
The Ringer… She really was one, y’know? The meaning of that word has changed a lot, but nothing else has. Just glad that I can talk to you about this and that you wanna know what the big deal was all about. I’m just glad that someone is going to remember one of my best friends.So, what do you want to know?Everyone who has one of those computers or phones – amazing what the technology around those things can do – can find out the stories: the market crash; the Dust Bowl; gangsters; soup kitchens. That can tell ya a lot, but n...
“Definition C” by Wendy Kaminski
Apryl, a new patient, was the young wife of Carl's attorney friend, Michael: a professional courtesy, money never changed hands at this level. They had the same dentist, as well, and formed a sort of Super Friends group of white collar grads.Carl thought it a bit unfair, as he rarely needed the lawyer nor the dentist, but they always seemed to need the psychology services he offered. For someone who had graduated at the top of his class, he was definitely getting the short end of the stick, but was it particularly enligh...
“Where Have You Gone, Peter Pan?” by Murray Burns
Where Have You Gone, Peter Pan?“When I was child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reasonas a child; when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.” 1 Corinthians: 11-13I shave in the shower now. There’s no mirror in there. I don’t even want to see who I’ve become. Too many wrinkles, too many lines, not enough hair, no color. So...
“Through The Round Window” by Cate Stamper
Harry used to buy me flowers back when we were dating. He would buy them before he came to pick me up and present them to me while I giggled in joy. He was sweet on me long before I said yes to a date. All my friends were jealous of him, and my father gruffly nodded his approval after meeting him for the first time. It was like a dream. When we got engaged, Harry decided that we ought to buy a house for whe...
“The Waiting Game” by Howard Halsall
It’s a couple of minutes after eight when I turn off the high road and drive onto the open ground behind The Lazy Duck. My tyres crunch over granite chippings in the darkness and I draw up alongside a dozen other vehicles. I’m surprised there aren’t more cars out here this evening; the bar is quiet for a Friday night. Often at the weekend, a roar of chattering voices and shrill laughter greets me as I approach. In its heyday, the bar was a popular venue for parties because of its flexible licencing hours. The landlord, Jimmy McGuigan, use...
“THE DAY THE RABBIT DIED” by Susan Catucci
Mom and Dad:I have been thinking about what you said and I want to present my argument to you in writing so I don’t miss any of the points that I think are really important. I know I’m only 12 but I believe what I’m arguing is right and I hope you see that.I am the youngest in this family and I’ve only had 12 years of Easter baskets. That means that Rick and Robby have had many more years of Easter baskets than I will. It’s not fair to just cut off Easter baskets and then I get gypped bec...
“Raising a Dead Horse” by Graham Kinross
Lupita Smith held the skull of the horse in her hands. “I can feel the magic in it. It’s not completely dead.” “Maybe I should smash it with a hammer then,” said Sir Danielle Longbow coldly. “Those flaming horses helped slaughter my knights.” “They’re steeds, just as a living horse is not to blame for the actions of the rider, you can hardly hold this one responsible. I can feel the ...
“Carnapped” by Mary Lehnert
“What the……….it was here only 30 minutes agoHans stared stupidly at the empty rectangle of worn-away gravel, weeds, and murky puddle in the middle.Warned of such crimes he’d dismissed them as idle and unimportant. Outraged, feeling foolish, he churlishly kicked at the ground. Scheisse! I’ve been…………. CARNAPP...
“Rural Route 12: All Atwitter” by Wendy Kaminski
It started out harmlessly enough. When I found myself with an abundance of leftover black sesame seeds from a failed baking experiment, I figured why not share, and tossed them out onto the back deck.I chanced to walk by later that day and was delightfully surprised at the trio of delicate feathered creatures assembled there enjoying their meager repast, each seemingly with its own personality. I watched for a time as they and others came and went. I was hooked! When the seeds ran out, so ...
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past” by Marty B
***Themes of sexual violence*** There is nothing like a dead body to bring two people together. “I am not the right person for this- shouldn’t we just call the police?” I leaned into Julie. She didn’t give me the time of day in high school, but now 20 years later, we were as thick as thieves after discovering the murder victim. “Greg, you can help us here. We had to cancel the re...
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