Goodbyes are almost always sad. After all, the people involved likely won’t be seeing each other again for a long time, if ever. But not every goodbye is a sad one. Sometimes it’s merely bittersweet, as in those instances where those separating will only miss the convenience of having the other around. At other times, it’s happy, particularly when you’re leaving a really bad situation.
We had all kinds of entries this week, but only one could come out on top and it was completely different from all the others. Congratulations to this week’s winner, Redshirt6! Redshirt, it’s your choice, a copy of one of Sam Kane‘s backlisted erotic romances or a first chapter critique of one of your unpublished manuscripts.
In case you missed it yesterday, here is Redshirt6’s award-winning entry!
The morning air was brisk and the odor of freshly turned earth permeated everything. Cassandra reached up behind her black veil to wipe away the tears from her face. In her mind she saw him, his tiny limbs struggling, his face contorted with fear. She could still remember the soft silkiness of his skin under her hands as she fought to keep him still. He had shrieked as only a child of four can when he saw the knife; his shrill cries still rang in her memory.
“Dearly beloved,” the preacher began, but Cassandra wasn’t there. She was lost in a memory of blood and how slick it felt against the roof of her mouth.
Time seemed to drift by in a haze until finally the tiny casket was lowered into the ground. Those standing around her murmured their condolensces.
“Sorry for your loss,” and “If you need anything…” One woman, her neighbor, placed her hand on Cassandra’s shoulder.
“At least you still have the two girls to enjoy.”
“Yes,” Cassandra replied. She hoped her smile was hidden behind the veil. “Yes, I do.”
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Stay tuned for the tips and tricks post tomorrow and enjoy a few shorts on Friday with the Tipsy Lit Prompted post and Work Week Bedtime Story.