Congratulations to the 2020
Flash Fiction Contest winners!
1st place: Nigel Evans, "The Chicago Letterman"
2nd place: Tegan Scott, "Natallia"
Untitled, by Madison Mosher
…He hit the deck with a thud, got up, and looked around. There was a long line of people starting just ahead of where he had landed, he couldn’t see where the line ended.
“Looks like there really is no escape,” said the person standing in front of him.
“What is this place?”, Samuel wondered aloud.
A voice further ahead said, “It’s like an ouroboros!”
He couldn’t help but agree, as the deck stretched out in front of him endlessly, twisting up over his head to come back around behind him.
“It’s more like purgatory! You’ll see that soon enough!” said another voice ahead of him.
He could see no guards, no tormentors, no one on the deck at all apart from the endless line. There was just a mast reaching up to meet the mast hanging down from the deck above. It was curiously familiar, that sail. He stared along the height of it and his eyes twisted as the riggings went from up to down halfway along, where the crow’s nest should have been. As he stared up at it and tried to make sense of what he was seeing, he noticed that a man had decided to jump over the side from the deck above. He heard a scream and a thud as the man hit the deck behind him, got up, and looked around.
“Looks like there really is no escape,” Samuel said, as he shuffled forward, following the line.
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Tenacity, 2011, by Victoria Morrow