• Mary Decker

ATA Flash Fiction Winner

Our 2018 - Week 14 Winner is ...

I am honored and grateful for everyone taking part in this challenge. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy watching you stretch your wings, try something new and sometimes step outside the bounds of what you thought you could do.

Flash fiction allows you to hone your craft in small bite sized pieces, and I am honored to be a part of that.

Thank you, as always, for sharing your talent with us.

The Prompt:

The entries:

Our first entry is a tricky thing. There is a reason most people do not write in 2nd person, while it can be used to great effect, sometimes it's just hard to read. When it is used properly, as it was in this story, it can have a very profound effect. If you have ever had that moment when you look at yourself and think "I'm going to work. just like a real adult" you'll understand what I'm talking about.

Our second entry is an interesting reflection on taking what you have for granted that brings to mind an old Helen Keller quote, "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man with no feet." It's a stark remind that what is normal for you may not be for someone else and its easy to see when someone is looking down on you, and hard when you realize... there's some of that person, in you.

Winner - Jostein Wolff "Let them Eat Cake"

This story skips in time in a person's memory and you don't really realize that it is a reflection until the end Very well done


Winning Story

Anna knew about the beautiful princess who despised the peasants. When assured that the peasants didn’t have bread to eat, the historical princess responded: “Let them eat cake”. “Was she truly that monstrous to make fun of the poverty around her?” Anna wondered. When the crisis hit the country, Anna had to adjust. She limited her expenses, setting priorities: no take-outs, no trips. Her friend’s invitation to the concert seemed appealing, yet it did not fit the monthly budget. “You have no excuse,” her friend insisted. “Is she really that monstrous to not realize that I cannot afford it?” Anna wondered. A few months later, her neighbor collapsed in front of Anna’s eyes. He admitted to having stopped his therapy, for economic reasons. “That’s one of the cheapest medications. You should care about your health more,” Anna told him, after taking a look at the price. “I truly cannot afford it. Not if I want to eat,” her neighbor said in shame. There came her turn to feel monstrous. Perhaps Marie Antoinette had not been that monstrous after all. Perhaps, there is a princess in all of us. “Kill the princess within,” wrote Anna in her diary, a few hours later.

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