The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #12 (June 13, 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 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!

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 June 6 - June 12, 2021.

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Featured Author: @generikat
The Company We Steep


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Mena chuckled and tucked a loose auburn wave that had come loose from her updo behind her ear. She slammed her navy blue Victorian boot down on the accelerator and felt mischievous glee flow from her steampunk-inspired corseted blouse all the way down through her gunmetal paisley skirted form. -@generikat

Your story is wonderfully deceptive. Just as Mena and Bertie could not see Dara's pain, the reader at first cannot look past the style and chatter. The spilled tea breaks the illusion. What a great device. Cuts right through the facade. And Mena's linking of arms is more eloquent than anything she might have said about Dara's situation. -@agmoore

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Featured Author: @joseph1956
The Incarnation


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He looks around to make sure that he is not dreaming or that he is a victim of the effect of some new generation of drugs that are absorbed through the skin and used by some of the modern antisocials whose territory is the subway stations. -@joseph1956

Brilliant story, @joseph1956. I love how the fictional world crosses over into the real world. (Well... the fictional real world.) One could get lost in such a house of mirrors! But seriously, this is a great concept, especially when the fictional character is so perplexed and upset by the knowledge her creator has of her. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @ricardo993
Poor Retirement


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Silence reigned for two minutes. No one touched the muffins or the coffee. The room was ideal for the tension being harvested, not even the bustle of the street entered, and the whiteness of the walls with their baroque art paintings added to the intrigue. -@ricardo993

I love the crochety old cast of characters in this story, @ricardo993. Great character development! And a great take on the prompt. I love the fact that Johan chose a tea party to share the news of his diagnosis. The poignant detail that he cannot afford the treatments really adds a layer of depth to the story! -jayna

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Featured Author: @kemmyb
Mystery of the Creak


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A creak again. She peered intently into the dark space where the staircase leads to the attic, hoping to see whatever was behind the creaks. Goosebumps grew and spread all over her skin. What is it about attics anyway? Could there be something or someone in the dark up there staring at her, maybe? Flashes of horror scenes in some movies she had watched flipped through her mind. -@kemmyb

We live full of fear!
A new environment, with its shadows and unfamiliar noises, is the perfect setting for fears to turn into terrors.
Good application of the call of the week, @kemmyb.
You carry the tension well and end up relaxing us and making us smile. -@gracielaacevedo

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Featured Author: @iamsmaller


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Was there something wrong with longing for the sound of crisp fall leaves beneath your feet, the fresh smell of a spring rain or the satisfying feeling of creating something with your own two hands? What was so backward about wanting a different lifestyle than the sterile, impersonal and computer-driven one that most of society embraced? She sighed as the wind caught her long skirt and pulled at her hair. -@iamsmaller

Welcome, @iamsmaller. What a debut! This story is sophisticated, well thought out and carries a message. You describe your character, and her motivation clearly. You create a distinct, believable universe--essential in science fiction. There is conflict, and tension that rises as Marisa-6's journey to Euphrates approaches. -@theinkwell

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Featured Author: @esther-emmanuel
Tea-Timey Recipe


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Then, there came the sound of multiple claps from supposed dead Mr Douglas. Steve stood up immediately while his phone fell to the ground. Behold, it was his father in the flesh with Joe by his side and three police officers. Steve broke out in cold sweat and said, "but I thought I killed you. How are you alive?!" -@esther-emmanuel

A story of intrigue, entertaining, that plays well with suspense and keeps the reader in expectation until the final resolution.
Wanting to have it all, the son is left with nothing.
You do a good job of characterising the son's angry character. -@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, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10, #11

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