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    Contest Winner! Flash Fiction Contest #35 "Mirrors in Scarlet" - BruceA

    Discussion in 'Monthly Flash Fiction Contest' started by Wreybies, Jul 5, 2016.

    Congrats to BruceA for his win in the 35th Flash Fiction contest with his entry titled "First Date". :agreed:
     
  2. BruceA

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    First Date
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    They met at the vernissage of an art installation called “Mirrors in Scarlet”. Supposedly “a three dimensional critique on the use of reflection in The Scarlet Letter”, Dave thought it was actually just a load of bollocks. Red lights, scarlet ribbons dancing in currents of air (produced by two large men dressed as Pilgrim women each pumping a pair of massive bellows), mirrors of various sizes, and shitty atmospherique music, did not make what he considered to be art. There were, of course, the requisite number of beard-stroking hipster types, nodding appreciatively, as they quaffed the free champagne. And some dreary bloke (presumably the “artist”) wanking on about imagery, symbolism and other bullshit to a crowd of sycophantic hangers-on.

    He watched Diane as she contemplated the scene. He couldn’t read her expression: did she actually like this crap? It had been her who had suggested meeting here for their first date: her friend had given her tickets. Dave hoped her friend wasn’t the dreary bloke or one of his simpering groupies. He really liked Diane: online chats, and the five minutes they had spent chatting outside, had shown she was funny, intelligent and cute. But he was fairly sure he would end up insulting someone if they didn’t leave soon.

    Diane mouthed something. Dave raised an eyebrow, not quite sure if he’d understood. She moved close to him, and whispered in his ear.

    “Let’s go to the pub,” she said, her breath tickling his lobe. “Before I end up punching one of these arseholes.”

    Dave smiled, and they linked arms as they left the room. They were going to get on just fine.
     
  3. Lifeline

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    Gratulation :) Well done!
     
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    Nice one, Bruce. A fine win. :)

    [Now you need a poetry inkwell to complete the set!]
     
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    Loved it Bruce!
    Bizarre imagery but fun. Good word choices!
     
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    Thank you, everyone. I had fun writing it, and reading the other entries. I voted for Cheap Rent, but all the other stories were good too. Hope the short story contest and Flash fiction contest come back soon...
     
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    Congrats :). I'll try again next time, I was surprised that I got votes at all :-D.
     
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    Well done Mr A! I voted for your story. It made me laugh :)
     
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  10. obsidian_cicatrix

    obsidian_cicatrix I ink, therefore I am. Contributor

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    You had me at, 'Dave thought it was actually just a load of bollocks.' :D
     
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    Very well done, BruceA. I voted for your story as well.
    I'm a little surprised that I received any votes for mine, as it was only the second piece of fictional writing that I have ever done (the first was the previous contest entry "Electric Nights.") I'm pretty sure this was my last entry--at least for a while--but I appreciate the opportunity to participate. Thanks to the site staff for having me.
     
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    Thanks! I thought everyone's entries were good this time. Please, enter the next contest (whenever that is) :)
     
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    I will if I get the opportunity. Unfortunately all of the writing I will create during the next 10 months or so will be of a more technical nature. Summer draws to an end, and classes begin.
     
  14. uncle poop

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    Congrats to the winner. When do the contest announcements get made? New to the forums and I read the stickies but last posts were a year ago. So where can I find the contest info?
     
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    @uncle poop - It's a mystery to me too and I've got no answer. However, you can pop along to the poetry one, that's still going. Trust me, they're easy and fun and if you have no idea what to do, just rhyme...I'm no poet and can do them fine. hehe ;-)
     
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    Thank you for the answer, I will check out the poetry section, just not my kind of thing, yet at least.
     
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    Yea .. I was kinda wondering myself when things would start up again. Contests were put on hold during the 10th anniversary thing.
     
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    Yes, I pop back every now and then and check to see if the contests are back and the disappear again *puff of smoke*
     
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