Mandy White Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Congrats to Mandy White, the readers’ choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The winning entry is recognized with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:


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Castillo de San Cristóbal photo by K. S. Brooks

The Place of Bones
by Mandy White

The tower that jutted out from the cliffside was aptly named ‘The Place of Bones’. It had been Anaira’s home for more years than she cared to remember. Banished by a cruel queen, she dreamed of the day when the man of her dreams would come to rescue her. She gazed out the barred window at the sea, in reminiscence of all the suitors who had tried and failed.

Those who had failed were nothing more than bones, strewn on the rocks below, eventually to be carried away by the lapping tide.

The next would succeed, she assured herself. He would not suffer the same fate as the others.

It was her fault, she knew. Her desire for them always led to their demise.

The next time would be different, she vowed. She had said that before, but this time she meant it. Next time she would restrain her lust.

Anaira ran her tongue over her razor-sharp canines savoring the lingering taste of the handsome man who had arrived that morning.

They were just so hard to resist; each time one came close, the scent of his blood sent her into a frenzy.

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