A.V. Carden Wins Flash Fiction Crown

A hearty congrats to A.V. Carden, whose entry won this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

The voter-selected story is recognized with a special feature here today and wins a place in our 2014 Flash Fiction Anthology, which will be published as an e-book when this year’s challenges are completed.

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:


Mr. Pish Tracks, Photo Copyright K. S. Brooks
Mr. Pish Tracks, Photo Copyright K. S. Brooks

by A.V. Carden

Our rescuers comprised of Mr Pish and a male and female biped.

The male was grumbling, “It’s freezing out here are you sure he isn’t leading us on a wild goose chase?”

“I’ve never seen him this agitated before. Hurry, he’s disappeared behind the trees.”

Mr Pish came to me and proceeded to do the strangest thing. A soft piece of flesh protruded from his maw which he pressed repeatedly against my face while secreting a clear liquid.

The female’s thought waves told me she was Kat and the male, EM. They were staring wide eyed with maws shaped in a binary 0, scanning the scene from the entrance way.

The female recovered first and pulled the crytanium bars aside thus freeing me.

EM followed suit and gently examined my crew members.

Mr Pish applied his liquid in the same pleasant manner to my injured crew which revived them to consciousness.

Together we carried the wounded to a building which Mr Pish called a house.

We were served delicious, hot brown refreshments and our injuries were treated and Pish administered his powerful liquid medicine regularly.

We all agreed confidentiality but how would we repair our craft?

EM yelled into a palm held device and ordered other beings named minions, to retrieve his “Death Star Ray Gun” and bring it to Kat’s house immediately or gruel rations would cease indefinitely.

Grinning confidently he assured us his invention would fuel our ship.

Mr Pish is the most extraordinary being in the universe.

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