Posts Tagged ‘Thursday Threads’

They Always Travel in Packs

Writing | Posted by davidludwig
Nov 12 2018

Here’s one I wasn’t expecting, I got another Thursday Threads Honorable Mention! How cool is that? Check out the prompt and other entries over at Siobhan’s Blog, or go straight to the winner’s post for the judge’s insights and the winning tale! I’m glad I got back into Flash Fiction, even just sticking to my entries that get recognized is giving me new content for this site until I sort out a longer term plan like Niar Saga or Lost Girls’ Society from before. Without further ado, here is a tale from my New Team Neoshieldfront continuity in 249 words;

Lucy squeezed the grip of her dagger, senses scouring the field for what had set her on edge. The air was fresh, the sky blue and the birds were singing. So many damn birds. Most of her tribe liked to brag about how tough you had to be to live in the desert; but it seemed much tougher to her to live in this pastoral setting.

It was the grass. The grass had set her off, again. Lucy sheathed her dagger with an angry sigh. She trained her skills to a razor edge, able to detect every foe even in perfect darkness. Being so completely surrounded by living things was unnerving. What was the point of so much life?

If Lucy could best her mother or her father in combat she could ascend to command of the tribe. She was sick of waiting. She had thought her father would be the easier option, softened by years of plenty. But she’d barely had a moment alone with him.

She dropped her face into her hands despairingly as the stampede of footsteps broke into the grass line. A chorus of voices shouted her name over and over. Then they had surrounded her. They always travel in packs.

“Lucy!” the eldest of this pack declared. “Our moms said you can take us down to the swimming hole!”

The greatest warrior of her generation knew when she set out that she had a lot of half siblings; but this was just too much.

Open Invitation

Uncategorized | Posted by davidludwig
Jul 25 2012

This isn’t a proper update, because I said there’d be none of those this week.

Instead I wanted to issue an open invitation to participate in this week’s Thursday Threads Challenge over at http://siobhanmuir.blogspot.com/ as I will be judging and have heard whispers that I am in fact a good judge.

So swing by for some quality Flash Fiction, and/or bring your A-game and submit your own entry to make my job as judge more difficult–you just may be happy you did. Thursday Threads is one of my favorite weekly challenges because it ties each week’s entries to the previous week’s winner–and I am suddenly embarrassed to realize I have not done an Other Web Wednesday entry for Siobhan Muir’s excellent site. That will have to be remedied.

Again, I’m judging Thursday, July 26th.