Welcome back to Friday! Thank you for taking the time to be a little writerly here with the FF community. Stick around — I’m pretty sure you’re going to fall in love with them, and vice versa.
For today’s prompt, we’re going back in history a year or two. On this day (for you time travelers just joining us, today is May 16) in 1929, the very first Academy Awards took place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. Winning the first-ever Best Actor award was Emil Jannings, who was so prolific he received the award for his performances in two different movies (The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh — the latter is, by the way, the only Academy Award-winning film of which there can be found no copy; read its synopsis and shake your heads with me at this exquisite irony).
If The Way of All Flesh doesn’t get a Muse or three chatting at you today, we’ll fully refund your entry fee.
Today’s judge, Pratibha Kelapure, could tell you a thing or two about Muses if you asked. And the human psyche. Or is that human psychos? Oh dear, now I’m forgetting. But one small letter doesn’t make much difference, surely? In any event, your judge today relishes digging deep into the human mind. She dares you to defy flash fiction skeptics by showing them just how deep one can dig in only 150 words.
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Sunday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Wednesdays. I (Rebekah) post my own unbalanced writings sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays “just for fun.”
Now let’s get to it!
* Word limit: 150 word story (10-word leeway) based on the photo prompt.
* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (140 – 160 words, exclusive of title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. If you’re new, don’t forget to check the contest guidelines.
* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time)
* Winners: will post Sunday.
* Prize: The Flash! Friday e-dragon e-badge for your blog/wall, your own winner’s page here at FF, a 60-second interview next Wednesday, and your name flame-written on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity.
***Today’s Dragon’s Bidding (required element to incorporate somewhere in your story; does not need to be the exact word unless instructed to do so, e.g. “include the word “amygdala'”):