The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #20 - And TOP COMMENTER Recognition - September 5, 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. The stories that stand out and deserve highlighting are always difficult to choose, because there are so many!

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 community members who posted the most comments on other writers' stories in The Ink Well in the past week, with four or more comments each: @sunnyag, @ubani1, @deeanndmathews, @litguru, @wrestlingdesires and @b0s. Thank you, and great work!

The following are some of our top curated stories from August 30 - September 5, 2021.

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Featured Author: @ricardo993
The Boatswain


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The Hephaestus was a 30-year-old bulk carrier, so it was considered by its crew and the company to be a geezer. Although it had been modernized with engines, generators, its navigation system, and cargo estimation equipment, it was still an old shell. Another ten years and it would go to the junkyard. -@ricardo993

I really like this story, @ricardo993. The drama of the seas and the wreckage act as both a backdrop for the sailor's life drama and a symbol of it, creating literary intrigue that would have made Hemingway proud! I was very surprised that he survived, in the end. Unlike his marriage! We can only assume that this near-death experience will help him to see that he must seize the best of life — his daughters — but leave his wife. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @ubani1


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It was 2 am when I received a call from Mr. Chin, my Confessor. He's a professional banker who keeps records of financial statements and transactions. but that wasn't his real occupation, it was a cover-up. Mr. Chin is known for his skills in collecting secrets from dangerous criminals or people that wish to hide their dark past, then he inputs them into a flash drive. And those Flash drives are hidden in a briefcase, stored in a safe vault. The vault is built with an eye-retina recognition system, only accessible by Mr. Chin. -@ubani1

Thank you @ubani1 for introducing me to the concept of Cyranoids. I thought you made it up and then found out it is actually a concept introduced by a bona fide research scientist. I was relieved that there was no murder at the end of the story.

It sounds to me as though our protagonist needs to lead a life with less secrets :)) I personally wouldn't be able to sleep at night worrying about such things. -@agmoore

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Featured Author:
The Marines


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The movie was being played and of course, all of us were being silent. Perhaps all of us were too focused on watching that movie. We made sure to lower down the sound because there were neighbors nearby. Again, it's like the house of our friend felt like there was a ghost roaming around. It was so silent that I thought I could hear the sound of the wind blowing.

This is a really funny story, I could really picture that scenario, starting with the narrator being so surprised at the plan to watch porn when he thought he was going to a serious study group, and then the arrival of Israel's mother! It made me laugh out loud. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @kemmyb
The Price For The Flower


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He could not stop thinking about Princess Salima, his soulmate and love of his life, for whom he embarked on this journey. She was battling a blood disease that could claim her life any moment if she was not already dead. The healers had informed the King that only the dewdrops of the Middlemist Red flower could heal her. -@kemmyb

What a beautiful story, @kemmyb!

It is a beautiful application of the logline!

You managed a text has a flavour of a timeless tale, of those that are transmitted orally, from generation to generation. It contains the idea of magic and selfless love characteristic of medieval tradition. A beauty! ​-@gracielaacevedo

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Featured Author: @litguru
On the Eve of Decay


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His apprentice remained silent- the Royal Council’s letter in his hand. The web of words flickered like spidery shadows beneath the fire light. The council had rejected his master’s proposal for saving the inhabitants of the inner realms from the ill effects of the Grand Decay- an event that would forever change the very foundations of the inner universe. Destroy it even, for all physical laws would undergo an inevitable and irreversible transformation. -@litguru

You sent me back to the books. If the name 'Horatio' is mere coincidence, then I am amused. If Horatio is intentional, then I am impressed. I choose to be impressed. It cannot be that this consequential name in English literature is serving coincidentally as a sounding board to the wizard as the end of existence (as is so far known) is contemplated.

there are more things in heaven and earth Horatio than are Dreamt of in your philosophy

So declares Hamlet to his loyal counselor and friend. And here we have in your story:

It couldn’t be. It was pure madness to Horatio. A fantastic vision of the future. Something he could never have dreamed of in his philosophy. No wonder the council rejected his master’s proposal. The implications were heretical.

You are a wonderful, clever writer, and I had fun tracing this. Thanks for another entertaining ride, @litguru. -@agmoore

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Featured Author: @b0s
Therapy Session


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At the Cafe we all ordered cheese sandwiches and orange juice. We were talking about school stuff when Suzie got a call, it was her dad. Apparently she was late for something and had to go, leaving Chris and I alone. Once she left it felt as if all the vibe left with her. Suddenly there was nothing to say, we made a few efforts but there was never any topic that lasted more than two replies. -@b0s

I am sure that was the right decision for Clara. She did something which is not common but I believe it was the right punishment for her first mistake. I also believe that she will behave in the future. -@sunnyag

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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, #17, #18, #19

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