As always, my deepest thanks to those intrepid souls who come out and brave my brutally-rigid rules to craft some really great, inspired stories. I've decided to continue with verbs replacing locations. It occurred to me the location of a story, while important, is never as important as what happens at that location. Since verbs make things happen...verbs stay.
Lori Fetters Lopez for her story Sacrificial Lamb. This was a decidedly creepy little tale of a father who places the need for a cure above the need for his daughter. It appealed to my love of treachery and betrayal in stories. Sadly, the use of some prompt words as different parts of speech than requested took this story out of contention for higher acclaim.
Kate for her story Archie Rules. Having spent more than one night as Archie I truly identified with this story of drunken abandon and unwise choices. It had a realistic feel to it that even someone who has never overindulged can appreciate. With this story, there were also prompt words that appeared as other parts of speech, and so, placed it into Honorable Mention as well.
Laura for her story Opportunity. What a wondrously wicked tale of a fellow not letting anything go to waste from a date. To me, it's not at all unreasonable to recover the cost of a few drinks by skinning your date. Call it my quirk but when the woman was described as "slavering", I tend to think of that as something animals do rather than people. Also, unless they are playing dress-up I don't think "a little nightcape" works. Nitpicky but sometimes the small things can detract from an otherwise promising story such as this.
The Imaginator for his story Obloquy Of Eviction. I absolutely loved the pompous and privileged feel to the doctor. Perhaps this was Dr. Frankenstein or not but I definitely got that outraged evil scientist vibe. While this story was a true contended for Over Achiever (having used all nine prompt words) I thought it better to congratulate the fact that The Imaginator used all nine of the prompts as the intended part of speech. That it was a good story as well was a neat bit of work. Bravo!
drmagoo for his untitled story. This was an excellent literary example of why the people in charge should be nicer to their staff. Bad things can happen otherwise. I have a feeling those bad things are definitely looming on the horizon. The story had a good flow to it while still managing to work in all nine of the prompt words. In spite of the fact that one of the prompt words was misused, in the end, it was still a masterful offering.
Lisa McCourt Hollar for her story Frienemies. At the risk of being called biased, I could not help but like this story. It had a definite feel to it that I could see being played at as a scene on any one of numerous WB network series. I really liked the idea of Belinda taking out her rival in a feeding frenzy. That beats the heck out of your average cat fight any day. I liked it!
Please bear in mind my decisions are entirely subjective and may not find favor or agreement with all, but decisions are like that. For those writers not mentioned, no slight is intended and I hope next week will find you back for more.
Here is the link to view and read all of the truly inspired offerings for this week. Please show a little Monday Mixer love and make a point of clicking on each entry and checking them out. Remember, each link clicked on takes you directly to that particular writer's page and provides them blog traffic and, hopefully, feedback to encourage them to come out & play next week.