Short Story Contest (160) - Theme: "Mermaids" Congratulations @BeckyJean for another excellent story, "The Misty Mermaid". Send me a PM with your theme for the next contest. And we'll use it in two weeks. @Wreybies will get your gold medal to you soon. Competition was tough again and I remain impressed by the quality of entries we are getting in this contest. I haven't seen a bad story in a long time. The story that placed second was, "Toby's Mother," by @Charisma. Thanks again to the other authors that entered and all the forum members who voted. I have begun to read these stories with learning in mind about what works and what doesn't. It's all about becoming a better writer, even while reading the contest entries. Thanks to you all for giving me examples of your writing to read.