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Flash Fiction

And the Winner Is …

The one and only Charlene Perry!

What did she win? Her very own copy of Life in the Floating City!

Why? For this:

She awoke to find herself perched in a precarious position near the top of a tree. She steadied herself and had a look around at her surroundings. It looked like she ended up in a jungle this time. It was an improvement over the frigid cold snow covered planet she’d found herself in last time. The polar bear that she’d seen there had been fascinating though she was still puzzled over why someone would have built an igloo on ice over open water instead of on the solid ground just a few feet away. The cold had been quite a shock after the parched scorching heat of the desert planet she’d found herself on the time before though, so the igloo was welcome, no matter it’s odd positioning. This new jungle landscape may still have been a bit too warm for her tastes, but at least it had some moisture in the air and, based on her current position, it clearly had plant life.

She took another look around and spotted what looked to be the ruins of what might have been a temple. She wondered about the people who built it and what type of God(s) they might have built it for. Her speculations were cut short however as she noticed that a large cat of some sort had started to take an interest in her. Time to take flight and learn more about this planet: it might be the one that she’d been searching so long for.

As she rose above the trees she noticed the ocean and its evidence of abundant life as well. She flew over another forest (in a more temperate climate) and watched a pack of wolves stalking their prey. She skimmed the tops of majestic mountain ranges and flew over the remarkable depths of ravines. There was desert on this planet as well and mesa areas with breathtaking red rock cliffs. She spotted a village in the distance, the settlers frantic over the buildings on fire in the wake of the latest volcanic eruption. She’d now flown over most of the planet and knew it was time to go back to the waiting place until she awoke on the next world that needed to be explored.

I put down the Xbox controller and rubbed at my tired eyes. Time to give up for the day and get ready to go to bed. The search for the perfect Minecraft world could continue tomorrow.

I ran a contest and her flash fiction came out on top. As the saying goes, the book’s in the mail (no, really … I just walked outside and put it in the box myself). If you want to read her words (which you should), pop over to her space in the universe here.


  1. Leigh W. Smith January 27, 2017 12:26 pm

    Ha—very clever! My kids would love the Minecraft tie-in. I’m literally sitting with one now who’s playing with the MC minifig carrying case and sorting figures while talking to them.
    Lucky winner; looks like a great book, Andree!

    • AR Neal January 27, 2017 8:06 pm

      Thanks, Leigh! I had a blast writing it 🙂

  2. Controlled Chaos January 27, 2017 3:43 pm

    Thank you! That story was my first attempt at fiction in many years. I can’t quite believe it won me a copy of your book! 😀

    • AR Neal January 27, 2017 8:07 pm

      Aw, glad you jumped back into the fray with me!

  3. Lyn January 27, 2017 6:02 pm

    I’m glad it was only XBox, Charlene, you could have fallen off your perch during the night 🙂

  4. Lyn January 27, 2017 6:10 pm

    Sorry Andree,` I had planned to write something for you, but I ended up at my son’s place babysitting for a few days and knew it was a forlorn hope to find any time for writing 🙁

    • AR Neal January 27, 2017 8:05 pm

      No worries, Lyn! Sounds like you enjoyed spending time being grandma 🙂

      • Lyn January 27, 2017 9:01 pm

        LOL Henry is six… Henry has learnt what strategy is…NEVER play Uno with Henry :/

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