Prompt Winner: Stacy Overby
Hopefully we all made it out okay after Snowzilla this past weekend. It was quite the storm, and I stayed in for the vast majority of it. I can’t remember a storm in my adult life that had snow up to my hips (I’m not very tall, but still)! It was nuts. Anyway, on to the winner post!
This week we had a tie, which put me in a bit of a pickle. I played with the idea of letting the tie stand and attempt to juggle a story that forked in two different directions, but at this stage in the contest’s life there isn’t enough participation to keep both branches alive. Maybe in the future though! I ended up choosing Stacy’s piece as the winner since I felt her response really fit the prompt best, with Odessa literally unable to figure her situation out. Renee’s villain, on the other hand, still seemed in complete control. So congratulations Stacy on your first #TuesFlashFicTrain win!
Fumbling with the phone, Odessa choked on the knot in her throat as she tried to answer.
Odessa laughed and cried as she slid down the wall. It didn’t matter that her dress was wrinkling or that she looked so completely undignified.
“What’s going on? You don’t sound like you’re okay.”
“Thank God it’s you, James! You’re never going to believe this!”
“What? You’re flipping out.”
Silence twisted between them.
“James, tell me you’re still there.”
“I’m here. What are you going to do?”
“Me! You’re in on this, too!”
“I did not put us in to this situation. You called me and drug me into it.”
“But you came.”
Silence filled the space again.
Odessa looked to make sure the phone was still on. It was.
Not a sound.
She dropped the phone.
“What am I going to do? This wasn’t suppose to happen.”
Odessa knew she should call the police. Something happened to James. She was sure of it. But, if the police got involved, they might find out what happened. Odessa picked up the phone again, not certain what she was going to do or who she was going to call.
Then, the silence struck her. She’d never hung up the phone. The dial tone eluded her, as did the annoying beeping reminding her to hang up the phone when she occasionally forgot to do so. That knot came back, threatening to choke her as she struggled to remember how to breathe.
We’re over the hill! If you played last time, you know it’s about time to start thinking of a title for the piece. Any and all ideas are welcome! There’s only two weeks left to finish the story – can’t wait to see how this one ends!
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Also, check out her website! Looks like there are quite a few cool stories to read 🙂
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Thanks to all participants and stay tuned for tomorrow morning’s prompt!
As always, think happy thoughts!