The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #9 (May 23, 2021)

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This weekly 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 not only contributed well-written and edited stories, but who also 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!

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 May 16 - 22, 2021.

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Featured Author: @kemmyb
Mant-ha On a Mission


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The most recent case was the clean murder of the CEO of Flashpoint Tech Corporation. The IIA had received intel that the fifty-two-year-old man's life was in danger due to his company's merger. Before Crow and his team could get to the building, the middle-aged man had slumped on his desk. Heart attack. -@kemmyb

You really do know how to spin a tale. Your story-writing skills are impressive. -@agmoore

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Featured Author: @ubani1
Taken

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They weren't talking. They weren't moving. They weren't even standing close to each other. But they were all facing the same direction, west according to my view, and their faces were fixed upwards as though they could see something in the sky or something that looked catchy. Was it a shooting star? Should I go outside and check what's going on? I thought to myself. -@ubani1

You deal with a religiously sensitive theme in this story, @ubani, but you do so respectfully. Speculation about real or mythical events is legitimately within the scope of fiction. Your development of the story is good.

It is every day, ordinary. That is how you imagine this event might take place. On that ordinary day the extraordinary happens. The protagonist does not expect to be left out of the Rapture, and yet that is exactly what happens. This looked-for event turns out to be a nightmare for him. -@theinkwell

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Featured Author: @bruno-kema
Anna

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Image source: Danniel Tausis on Unsplash

As I got closer, I could see the crowd gathered around, as youths were pouring buckets of water into the raging inferno. Something that seemed to be making no difference at all. The fire fighters were busy pulling out their hoses and setting up their equipment lackadaisically. At the rate it was burning, they would never save the building. -@bruno-kema

This is some very powerful writing, @bruno-kema. Well done! Your skill at building suspense is wonderful. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @riottales
The Storm

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Lightning struck in front of the truck before Julie even replied. Kasper heard her scream. His heart was pounding in his chest, his hand on the door handle in preparation to go check on his sister. Before he found the willpower to open the door, the hood of the truck came slamming down, shaking the whole truck. -@riottales

Wow! You can spin a tale. This was so suspenseful, so real. The sense of doom hangs over the truck. Not until the very end can a sigh of relief be exhaled. Great job in writing an entertaining story, and great job in writing to the prompt. -@theinkwell

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Featured Author: @young-boss-karin
Hansel

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They pulled up in front of my black corolla and then I saw the door slide open and 3 men in dark masks step out at a fast pace towards me. That's when it clicked and the adrenaline picked up but I was a little too late and they caught up to me before I could make it back to the store.

I like this story, @young-boss-karin. It touches on the theme of reincarnation, using the call of the week, albeit dramatised by the awareness of living in another body. -@gracielaacevedo

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Featured Author: @mrnightmare.net
Beautiful Life

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Mr. Doro continued paddling through his boat to reach the shore. I just then decided to walk beside the shore along the sea. Just walking and walking. I forced myself to smile or to be happy at least. Although walking on the shore alone while smiling is like being crazy. Well, that's how I found myself happy despite my current situation. Enjoy life while I still can. -@mrnightmare.net

What a beautiful and touching story, @mrnightmare.net. It gave me something to think about today - a reminder that life is precious and since none of us know how long we will be here, it is important to enjoy each day as if it is our last one. Well done! I really liked Kirk's attitude and acceptance, as well as all of his observations of the people and life around him. -@jayna

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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, #6, #7, #8

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, @agmoore and @gracielaacevedo .

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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