The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #6 (May 1, 2021)

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This weekly magazine serves to highlight 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 not only contributed well-written and edited stories, but who also read and comment 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!

The stories shared in this post represent some of the best creative writing posted to Hive. Please do check out the highlighted authors and show your support.

For those new to Hive, @curie is one of the major curation guilds that works diligently behind the scenes to ensure exceptional content is rewarded. The Ink Well is part of curie's community support program, allowing us to reward well-crafted stories with higher post payouts. @curie rewards all categories of high quality content on hive, so if you want to check out the best of the best, they're a good place to start. Visit their homepage here.

All liquid rewards from The Ink Well highlights magazine and the weekly fiction prompt are used for community operational expenses.

The following are some of our top curated stories from April 24 - 30, 2021.

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Featured Author: @ricardo993
From Fisherman's Son to Gladiator


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The monsters were defiant and horrible, but he who has seen the troubled sea never fears anything again. I shot at their thousand eyes and thousand mouths until they fell at my feet. None was like any other. Sometimes huge three-headed cats or hedgehog pelicans, or even flying jellyfish of electricity. Not even claws, fangs, tentacles, or flares could do me in. I was a gladiator. When they fought above the coliseum were ships, balloons, and floating cars screaming my name. -@ricardo993

I love what you did with the prompt, @ricardo993. This is very imaginative. You take us there through the child's eyes and experiences! -@jayna

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Featured Author: @stormcharmer
Captured!


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The sound of his breath was close. Too close. She didn't have time to think. Just run! Pushing off from the tree, she sprinted desperately towards the pond. Fifty yards. Forty-five. Forty! She could make it! He was faster, but she had the elements of surprise, adrenaline and determination. -@stormcharmer

I am very happy to welcome you in the Ink Well community. Oh, but the sense of betrayal! How you led us astray. We thought the damsel was lost. Lost yes, but only to love. What a charming twist. I look forward to reading more of your stories. We love writers here :) -@agmoore

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Featured Author: @amirtheawesome1
[The Horror Of Baghdad](Shavuot 1941: The Night of the Farhoud)(@amirtheawesome1/the-horror-of-baghdad-shavuot-1941-the-night-of-the-farhoud)

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"Those were dreams", the man explained as Ryadh stood with a scared look on his face "Those were dreams, your entire life you have dreamt of exacting revenge for what happened to your parents. In exchange for you giving me your soul, I guarantee you that they all will be punished." -@amirtheawesome1

That's quite a story, @amirtheawesome1. Very interesting that it is based on real events. (I'm assuming Death or Satan stealing souls was your addition!) This is gripping, as I know there has been so much pain and war and death in Irag, and so much bitterness between religious groups. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @bruno-kema
The World We Know

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My mother was still fixated in the Old World Order, refusing to acknowledge the new one. She showed disrespect at the new government at every given opportunity. She was inciting protests and riots, plotting revolutions across the globe. She was aiming to topple the world government. -@bruno-kema

Do you remember the original Ghostbusters? When the Pillsbury Doughboy comes into view? That's the power of "meow" here. Your comic timing is perfect. I know, I know, it's a tragedy. Mom gets taken away. But, c'mon. You had to be chuckling when you wrote this. -@agmoore

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Featured Author: @ubani1
Life After Death

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And that's where I started my search. For my proof of life after death. Proof that eventually, we would meet again. And together with my mom, we would be a family once more. I visited priests, pastors, Imams. I visited witches and wizards, voodoo experts and people who dealt in serious dark arts. I began to experiment. Going from shine to shine, in my search for enough power to summon my father and make sure he was okay, just one last time with him. -@ubani1

This is the sort of story that works well with either a supernatural interpretation, or a realistic interpretation. The reader is left to decide whether Junior's experience was dream, or whether Junior actually did enter the realm of the dead. This ability to choose either scenario does not weaken the impact of the narrative. Either way, the reader has a credible journey with Junior as he goes in search of his father. -@theinkwell

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Thank you for reading our weekly magazine!

@jayna, @agmoore, and @gracielaacevedo

p.s. You can see the past magazines here: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5

We would like to invite lovers of creative writing to visit The Ink Well, a Hive community started by @raj808 and @stormlight24 and run by @jayna and @agmoore.

We also invite you to follow The Ink Well curation trail on the Hive blockchain, at https://hive.vote/. Simply navigate to the curation trail section and search for theinkwell (all one word with no @ symbol) and our trail will pop up as an option.

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