The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #36

in The Ink Well4 months ago (edited)


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This periodic magazine highlights a small selection of short stories posted to The Ink Well community that stood out and were awarded a Curie vote. Thank you to all authors in The Ink Well for sharing your creative work!

Important Note

We are showcasing authors who have contributed well-written and edited stories, have read and commented on the work of other authors and comply with all of the community rules posted on our home page. These activities help our community thrive and grow!

The following are just a few of our favorite stories from January 3 - 9, 2022.

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Featured Author: @samsmith1971
St. Elmo's Fire


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Usually, he went for black tea, conventional 100 C boiling water, sweetener (stevia leaf not the other kinds that induce all sorts of negative chemical responses in the brain and body), and steeped unconventionally for a light 2 minutes, before adding a dash of soya or oat milk to the amber solution, but this evening he needed something different...something had to change within the fabric of his existence...he couldn't continue like this...stagnant, staring down the barrel why not start with the tea? - @samsmith1971

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Featured Author: @litguru


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One evening, as he made his way home from a long day of classes, he was passing by the mansion- lamenting how this was the final year that he would enjoy its architectural marvels- when he saw a rose lying on the driveway beside the gate. He picked it up and examined it carefully. The rosy petals were healthy and plump. He parted them gently with his thumb and forefinger, delighting in how the light pink colour within its folds transformed into a soft purple at the edges. -@litguru

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Featured Author: @mosin-nagant
Slova Lyubvi


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Two enlisted men from the 284th Rifle Division were under critical combat duty. Both must watch the enemy from behind a small mountain formed from a heap the size of a tank. One of them glanced at the plain beyond the hills, a place that had been reported as the location where the enemy troop would pass. That area was indeed a shortcut to the main front on the south side of the battle map. It was worth noting that these two young people were low-ranking soldiers who had just passed enlistment. -@mosin-nagant

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Featured Author: @kaerpediem
Unlikely Hero


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Though Ally told her mum almost everything, she wasn't ready. She wanted to enjoy this moment of butterflies dancing in her stomach and dragonflies buzzing in her head. She wanted to savour this moment just a little bit longer. -@kaerpediem

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Featured Author: @yuki-nee
The Unexpected Hero


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Your confusion is understandable. After all, it’s difficult to associate the gnomes with the word “heroism”, especially considering their stature. I mean, gnomes are small. Other than that, they are not also as magically gifted as elves, nor are they as stout and strong as dwarves. To make matters worse, they also lack the scheming mind and versatility of the human race or the speed and stealth of the Lycans. -@yuki-nee

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Featured Author: @bruno-kema
The Unexpected


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As it turned out, I was not the only one who the doctor had tried to experiment on and failed woefully. He had also created the Shadow. A man who could phase through solid metal and also use gravity to manipulate both density and mass. The Shadow was my arch-enemy, for years we have battled all over the streets of my town, I have sent him to prison countless times but he always breaks out and comes back to haunt me. And he is the one always responsible for disrupting the peace. -@bruno-kema

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Thank you for featuring my story. It is very much appreciated ❣️

I'm glad my story is on the list. Thank you @theinkwell

It's a pleasure, please keep on writing great stories :)

Thanks for supporting...

Thank you for featuring my entry to the challenge! It was fun coming up with the idea.

Hello @theinkwell

I submitted my entry but still yet to be curated uptill now even after review

I'm sorry, but we can't curate it until you edit it so it's a little less violent.

Also please do try to fix the grammar mistakes - you have a great adventure there, I just couldn't stop reading it :)

Kudos to the featured authors. There were many good stories this week. This is truly a distinction :)