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Robert wakes up in cold sweat after another nightmare about mythical beasts. Beasts armed with Klingon Cloaking devices, of course.
Today's envelope lies unopened on the kitchen table. Robert rips it open and takes out the folded note that reads: "Remember, you can't hide from the law forever. Do you want to be a free man? Make the usual pick-up today at 2PM. Come alone."
Robert jumps on the next bus and makes the connection to his pick up point. It's a lonely station, not a soul in sight. Robert walks over to the safe and punches in his secret code. The safe clicks open. With shaky hands Robert takes out today's result sheet...
As promised, there are two cards to be handed out in the December challenge - Judge's Pick and People's Man.
David Rashleigh, has made his decision. Judge's Pick goes to Steven Luna's fantastic piece "Beasts".
David had this to say about it: "This is a superb piece of writing which employs poetic imagery to tell a heart-rending story of loss and sadness. The use of the beast analogy harks back to the days of steam, matching the railway in the photograph perfectly and displaying a transfer of anger and blame from the woman, who is clearly still loved, to the machine that takes her away."
We can only agree! Congratulations Steven, enjoy your much deserved Judge's Pick card. Wear it proudly, but no gloating! OK, a bit of gloating, but not too much.
A Free Man".
It's awkward for me to congratulate myself, but I'll try - "Congratulations! The People's Man card is all yours!"
We'd like to give a huge thanks to David Rashleigh for being our guest judge, reading through all entries and picking a winner. Thank you!
Finally, thank you all for participating in the last round. We've seen some excellent and very different pieces based on the same prompt. That's always exciting to experience. Here's to the next flash fiction round being even better!
Speaking of the next flash fiction round - it's just around the corner.
Stay tuned for more info on the 29th of January!