Write about a character named after one of our contest’s judges.
Posted in Fiction on Oct 26, 2022
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“Star Status” by Zelda C. Thorne
C/W: drug use, swearingIt all started when the illustrious Cassiopeia Café ran out of ketamine. My girlfriend, Tabitha and I were enjoying a day off together. We’d been shopping in the city, mostly at Kenzo, Gucci and 3D Warehouse, ordering an obscene amount of clothing to be delivered to our respective homes, before deciding to take a break on the café’s beautiful terrace.It was mid-afternoon and sunny, a good time of day to be seen in Cassiopeia. Tabitha, being an online fashionista personality, knew such things...
“ILY” by Scout Tahoe
CW: one swear word(Sign language written in traditional format.)HELLO, WELCOME, Professor Le Roux signed to her American Sign Language 101 class, TODAY ME TEACH-you GOODBYE. The lecture hall was quiet, students stilled with confusion. “We’re learning about basic goodbyes today,” she clarified. It was after lunch and everyone was worn down, still digesting their meatloaf and gossip. Someone coughed. “Now, a bit of deaf culture background to begin: usually, deaf individuals stand farther apart...
“Just In Case” by Thom Brodkin
“What are you doing up there?”I have no idea, Maggie thought to herself, contemplating her mother’s question.“I’m going through some old pictures,” she finally responded. “I think it’s time to purge.”“Hooray,” came the reply from the bottom of the ladder. “Two years is too long.”Maggie’s mom was right. It had been two years since she had shown up on her parent’s doorstep, mascara smeared around her eyes. Thanks to her best friend, her marriage had ended in an...
“The Life Of Kyle Johnson” by Ismail El Ouazzani
The remembrance of the days when I still was using, still passes upon me with a flame of excruciating regret. Yesterday I saw a boy, in his eyes I found the resemblance to my young self he bears upon his features, and for a second I was lost in the stream of memories his face had blown in me. It's been weeks since I had someone home. I lived alone for the better part of twenty years. Sometimes when I sit in front of the TV, it would to me the memories of my childhood home, and the sounds of that time woul...
“Samurai Karen” by Sharon Hancock
Go Time. Adrenaline slammed through my veins when I saw the text. I stuffed rope into a military-grade rucksack, grabbed the cooler and loaded everything into the back of my minivan. My nerves jumped higher than a Mississippi cricket on the sizzling summer asphalt; but only because it was my first time purposely kidnapping someone. I did not have second thoughts—this had to be done. We had to stop, ...
“A Slippery Misunderstanding” by Irene Ivy
Juliet stepped into the boat slowly, one foot at a time. Flip flops were not the best choice of footwear obviously, even for a quick sight-seeing trip around the beach. The floor was wet and slippery, but she was careful as she maneuvered to the bench seat on the opposite side of the boat. She thought back to yesterday when she slid on the greased floor in the Fry Shack and the guy that had just flirtatiously smiled at her and caught her from falling, right as his girlfriend walked up. She sat her oversized, blue striped bag...
“Joshua” by F.O. Morier
Friday night: 6 PM. The Reedsy prompt drops in my inbox: - Write about a character named after one of our contest judges… Okay: let´s go have a look at those judges, and see if one can inspire the muses to pay me a visit. Now, here´s one: a magic bean gatherer. I like that! He´s the winner. I´ll name my character after him: Joshua. I´m sure my charac...
“How I Met a Karen” by Gary Robinson
My cab pulled into what looked like an abandoned estate in Thamesmead. A modestly sized, rusting, mobile office trailer that needed painting was next to a noisy diesel generator leaking gas onto unkempt grass mixed with weeds. The cab driver raised her voice for me to understand her, “You are here!” Gary shouted, “This is it? This is the Reedsy Corporate office?” She nodded, then raised her hands to her sho...
“Down, But Never Out” by Rick Story
DOWN, BUT NEVER OUT “I remember now,” Matt said. “Remember what, Matt?” Bar asked. His head looked up from his cup of the good stuff at the Waffle House. He had a curious expression as if he’d just heard something unexpected. Not responding to Bar, Matt’s mind drifted back to a different time and place. The smell of the bacon and sausage sizzling ...
“Little Miss Perfect” by Rebecca Wonsang
Amber Lambda, or 'Know-It-All Amber' as she'd been aptly nicknamed ever since the first grade, when she marched right up to Miss Lewis and promptly scolded her on the order of the classroom books, telling her, "they're all wrong". Hands on hips, head tilted to one side, "because everybody knows that books go in 'alphabetal order!" And Miss Lewis, with the patience of all the saints c...
“The Storm Within” by Rochelle Miller
A blue sky is a joy to experience, a dark cloud a sight to behold. As far as the eye can see, an eternity of water surges in the Atlantic Ocean. In the vastness, there is a breeze; the breeze - she wants to be bigger and stronger, purposing to raise her wings to draw down gusts, propelling herself toward the shore. Back on land, there was an artist who, while sitting in his studio, lost himself in a land...
“Good Enough” by Barbara Moser
My co-workers said a lot of bad things about me. And much of it was true. I was often late for staff meetings, impossible to reach before noon, and had a strong tendency to borrow savory snacks from the employee refrigerator that weren’t exactly mine. But the part about my being a nuisance of a personal assistant to Liz Suggs was completely false. In my four short weeks of employment at Reedsy, I had not only improved the flow of Liz’s workday, but I had managed to mak...
“Vocational Adjustment and The Indispensable Man” by Robert Ford
Vocational Adjustment and The Indispensable Man That they had misspelled Asher Littlefield Sr’s name on his retirement watch was disappointing, but not surprising. It was, in fact, a kind of left-handed tribute to his corporate longevity and his determination to remain virtually invisible so that he might slip through the years tota...
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