The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #17 - And TOP COMMENTER Recognition - August 15, 2021


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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.

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!


As you know, we value engagement and mutual suppport in our community. We would like to acknowledge the following community members, who each read and commented on 5 or more other stories published in The Ink Well in the past week: @kaerpediem, @wrestlingdesires, @kemmyb, @ubani1 and @deeanndmathews. Thank you, and great work!

The following are some of our top curated stories from August 9 - 15, 2021.

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Featured Author: @kemmyb
A Turn of Fate


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As the afternoon sun rose higher in the sky, traders and buyers alike were busy in the art of buying and selling, everyone looking for a good bargain. It was our market day. The following day, the market square would be deserted again like a graveyard. I had to make good use of the rowdiness if I wanted Rashida to get better. -@kemmyb

This is a beautiful story, full of cultural particularities and general feelings. In a particular village two children live in distress. The older brother looks after his little sister and comes close to crossing the boundary between good and evil but fate takes a turn and goodness appears. Thanks for sharing it, @kemmyb. I like your writing. -@gracielaacevedo

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Featured Author: @deeanndmathews
The Race to Loop 13


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Plan B wound around Jonathan's Winding, named for Major Jonathan Lofton who often used that indirect but scenic route to descend from his estate, Big Loft, southward 90 miles along the Blue Ridge to Fruitland, his elder brother's estate. Jonathan's Winding had been preserved and paved, with access made to the modern Blue Ridge Parkway in many places, but there were portions of it that still recalled the narrowness of the old manner of travel, portions that were still between a rock and a mile-deep place. -@deeanndmathews

I love this story, @deeanndmathews. Your rich cast of characters is back in dramatic form. This was quite the nail biter! I love that you pushed the normal limits and went with a truly intense story line — a matter of life and death.

The story called to mind the old movie Duel with Dennis Weaver. There's a truck driver that you never see, and it's creepy as all get-out. You maintained the tension throughout this story, and in the end justice is served, without the help or support of Sheriff Nottingham. Well done!! -@jayna

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Featured Author: @wrestlingdesires
Just Down the Road


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Greg knew that calling out for Don was useless, so he reluctantly retraced his steps, all the way backck to the beginning of the forbidden road. "Don!!! Let's GO!" Nobody answered.

In the last light he saw a shape next to the hole. It was a small tree which had not been there before. It was just about the same height as Don! -@wrestlingdesires

I love this story! You create a good dynamic between the two boys. This is similar to the dynamic you created between the two boys who found the magical weather artifact (in your contest story). A lot of writers can't use dialogue well, but you use it to drive the story forward.

Nice touch with the glowing eyes at the end...:))

Did you ever think of writing YA literature? That's a lucrative genre.

Good story! -@agmoore

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Featured Author: @sunnyag
The Journey to Badala was Challenging


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Soon, Herry was on the main highway leading to his destination, the famous hill town of Badala, at 4000 meters above sea level. Herry knew that to reach Badala from this place, one had to cross dangerous high-rise hills, and then there was a difficult 12-km route at the end where his company’s site camp was located. -@sunnyag

What a journey!
You take us through this winding and rainy journey. And in the end, Herry gets his wish. I truly love stories with happy endings.
Thank you for sharing your story, @sunnyag, i am glad i read it. -@bruno-kema

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Featured Author: @kaerpediem
In Five Days


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Why is it when someone's staring at you, it's like that look is touching you? The new nerd kid, right beside me this time. Did he know this was my usual spot? -@kaerpediem

Oh, beautiful! It's definitely the start of a new friendship! I love your story!

It's charming and entertaining. I like the rapport between the narrator and Trey Samuel. You definitely captured the lifestyle of teenagers in captivating scenes and words.

When I got to the end of the story, I could not believe it. I wanted more! -@kemmyb

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Featured Author: @bruno-kema
The Lonely Stretch


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The highway was dark and lonely, only a slice of the moon could be seen in the empty skies. In this part of town, nothing it seemed, lived. Those nocturnal sounds were absent. There were no chirping crickets and croaking frogs. There were no hooting owls and flying bats. Just a deep and intimidating silence. -@bruno-kema

@bruno-kema, I must say I couldn't stop reading this story until I got to the end.

The way you built the suspense I was expecting something unexpected and horrific to happen but was glad it didn't and the couple only had to settle for an unpleasant night cramped together in their car frustrated and helpless.

Nice story. -@davyjones7

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Thank you for reading our short story highlights magazine!

@jayna, @agmoore, and @gracielaacevedo

p.s. You can see the past magazines here: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16

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