July Writing Challenges - winners announced!

Brian G Turner

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Congratulations to both @TheDustyZebra and @The Judge who respectively won the 75 and 300 word Writing Challenges in July!

You can read all entries for the challenges here:

July 2018 75-word Writing Challenge -- VICTORY TO THEDUSTYZEBRA!.

300-word Writing Challenge #30 (July 2018) -- READ FIRST POST!

And if you wish to vote in the August 75-word Writing Challenge, you have just over a day left to do so: August 2018 75-word Writing Challenge -- READ FIRST POST!

In the meantime, here are the winning entries:


July 2018 75-word Writing Challenge - Twist - won by TheDustyZebra: July 2018 75-word Writing Challenge -- VICTORY TO THEDUSTYZEBRA!

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* ….Mine.... .*
*… …A match.. .….*
*.I found you, among the.*
*...seven billion people....*
*……..23andMe……..*
*….and you.....*
*………*
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*………*
*……..You………*
*…..had a solid alibi…….*
*….when your mother died,….*
*….despite the DNA evidence.....*
*….When your father died,….*
*……..police looked……..*
*…….harder...…..*
*…………..*
*…..*
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*……..*
*… ..Then… ..*
*… ..your brothers,… .*
*…… .killed one by one...…..*
*….You were sent to death row.....*
*………...Today I get to watch…………*
*.............your execution...……..…*
*…..…..Finally.....……*
*……..….*
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*……..*
*……Oh...….*
*...…What’s this?......*
*….….You have a son?........*
*I’ll take care of him later....*
*……..I’m reclaiming......….*
*……..our DNA...….*
*…..Mine.....*
*……..*
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July 2018 300-word Writing Challenge won by The Judge: 300-word Writing Challenge #30 (July 2018) -- READ FIRST POST!


Orison – To The Lady of Six Aspects

Hear my prayer, Lady, and remember me.

When first I came to the monastery, a trembling frightened girl-child of five, your statue was clothed in your martial aspect – fanged mask, dragon-scale armour, kukri wielded in each hand. The other postulants all bowed in homage to you, their goddess. Not I. I hid my eyes and turned away from that image of battle and death.

Within the Postulant House, I sought teaching only of your kinder aspects, the Lady Compassionate, the Lady Benevolence.

Within the Novitiate House, I sat at the feet of the Lady of Wisdom and the Lady of Truth.

In the Temple, I tended the Acolyte’s Shrine and gazed at your gilded statue, where the symbols of your six aspects rested in your six hands, and ever I prayed that at the Day of Accepting, you would give me the Balance, so I could follow the Lady Giver-of-Judgements.

But when the Day came and I slept the drugged sleep, it was the kukri you held out to me. “You shall be my warrior,” you said. But I refused, and turned away from you again.

Six years have passed since that day, since I left the monastery. Six years of wandering the land, of finding plundered villages, butchered families, raped children. Six years of watching compassion, benevolence, wisdom, truth and judgement-giving lost.

Now I understand.

The men who have plundered and butchered and raped sleep in the valley below. They are many. I am one. But I am also many, if, Lady, you are with me.

I turned away from you twice. Do not, I beg, turn away from me.

Lady of the Kukri, whose name is also Lady of the Defenceless, Lady of Justice, Lady of Death, remember me and hear my prayer.
 
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