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Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 35

WELCOME to another merry round of Flash! Friday! A spitfire week ahead, I can feel it, and I don’t just say that because of Virginia’s brutal August heat (and when I say brutal, I’m really not complaining, having just returned from a few days at our gorgeous, warm, shark-free beach [not to mention I’ve no right to complain, knowing what real heat is (having grown up on the sweaty equator without “air con” {in the U.S. they say “a/c” — does it sound cooler that way??}]). Instead, it’s that magical mugginess of late summer, where people on Facebook start terrifying you with Christmas Shopping countdowns, and your local NaNoWriMo ML begins eyeing you, and you stop thinking of apples and popsicles and find pumpkins creeping into your dreams. (That’s not just me, is it?) 

A spitfire week behind us, too; what fun it was spending Tuesday’s #Spotlight with Sydney Scrogham; congrats again to Emily who won a signed copy of Sydney’s brand new novel, Chase. And so many tornadic adventures on Wednesday, as you tore the world to pieces (with a special shout out to those of you who dared put it back together). The good stories just don’t stop, and I’m already bouncing around in my dragonseat to see who will post the first tale of awesomeness today. 


DC2Howdy and welcome back Dragon Team Six, captains Steph Ellis & Josh Bertetta. As Steph adores stories with hints of darkness and mystery, and Josh loves game-changing twists, I’m thinking today’s prompt novel is perfectly suited for this team. Read more about them at their judge pages, linked above.     


Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays.  

* Today’s required word count:  240-260 words  (240 min – 260 max words, not counting title/byline)

How to enterPost your story here in the comments. Be sure to include your word count (this week 240 – 260 words, excluding title/byline), the two story elements you based your story on, 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 Monday.

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 Thursday, and your name flame-written on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity.


This week’s novel inspiration: Hound of the Baskervilles, Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale starring celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes, who uses his (arrogant) genius to solve murders against a backdrop of a legendary, terrifying hellhound.

Story elements (base your story on any TWO of these elements; be sure to tell us which two you chose. Reminder: please do not use copyrighted characters). 

* Conflict: man vs man
Character (choose one): arrogant detective, retired doctor, a lord under a family curse
Theme(s) (choose one): cunning, guilt, superstition
Setting: isolated country manor

OPTIONAL PHOTO PROMPT (for inspiration only; it is NOT REQUIRED for your story):

Lyme Park House & Estate. CC2.0 photo by Purpura Mare Asinus.

Lyme Park House & Estate. CC2.0 photo by Purpura Mare Asinus.