There are a lot of posts about how it's hard to choose, and I agree! So many good entries, I stopped making a list, because it was just about everyone.
Because it's March and this is the season when the snow melts and shows all the trash on the ground, I think I was really drawn to the stories of our struggling earth. That's resonating as I try to pick up what plastic I can, but know that so much of it is getting flushed into the sewer to go into the oceans. So I love the idea of Earth striking back!!! (Did anyone else love that scene in AQUAMAN where the ocean threw back all the garbage back onto the shores of the countries that dumped it there? Sorry to digress...it's really bothering me, so I'm so glad to see other people feeling it, too, in these stories! )
So my short list is with mostly that theme, but also because I loved the stories:
Below is my Long List, Short List, and *** Favorite ***:
*** The Startling Readings of the EKG - D. A. Xiaolin Spires ***
Virtuosity at Paganini's - Luiglin Post-hoc - Daysman
Diagnosis - Victoria Silverwolf
Hell Hath No Fury - D3athw4lker
Home - Ivy Moser
From the Notes of an Anatomical Artist, circa 1889 - Simbelmynë
No Need to Panic - mosaix
Cacophony - Cathbad Frustrating Guests - Vince W
There is music wherever there is rhythm, as there is life wherever there beats a pulse. - Igor Stravinsky - M. Robert Gibson DUST - Teresa Edgerton
Four very different stories, but I really enjoyed the style, writing and storyline of each. Peter V's tale grabbed me from first reading till last, and I've voted there. But I'd happily have voted for any of these.
Also: nice little lead, Luiglin!
Thank you, Dusty, for the vote!! And because I'm very polite, I'll re-thank nixie and Simbelmynë too.
ps - friendly reminder to our newer members: the 300 worder happens next month, to go along with the 75 worder.