The Ink Well Highlights Magazine #8 (May 16, 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 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 8 - 15, 2021.

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Featured Author: @riottales
An Unexpected Friend


Image source: Bessi on Pixabay

The small black cat walked back towards what was once a stack of cauldrons as if it understood Sandra’s question. Sandra quickly followed, careful of where her steps landed as to not trip or spook the cat. The creature led her to a slightly ajar window. -@mriottales

I enjoyed your story very much @riottales. You have a light touch, which helps to move the story along easily. You set the scene, flesh out your character, and lead the reader to a satisfactory conclusion. -@agmoore

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Featured Author: @marlyncabrera


Image source: biker-bekka on Pixabay

The wave propagation made the ground shake, and she vibrated with it, too, but the loose sandy soil offered little resistance, making it feel more like resonating than shaking. Her body liked it; her ideas of Juan and the guilt trembled and escaped her conscience, so her blood began to feel warm again. The silvery moon looked at her soul with her one round, huge eye illuminating every secret, every regret. She felt naked and clean. -@marlyncabrera

A beautiful story full of precise images of the world around the train tracks. Also of metaphors about the variation of feelings. -@gracielaacevedo

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Featured Author: @ricardo993
What if cats ruled the world?


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And so millions of humans did not notice how their violent habits were changing. Deforestation ceased, fights for territory were canceled, weapons were launched into space, animals that were used as guinea pigs were released into the streets. As well as many other things humans did without noticing it.

I love this, @ricardo993. When I imagined a cat taking over the world, it didn't cross my mind that there would be no evil intent - on the contrary, the cat sets out to eliminate evil and stupidity and bad behaviors. Very imaginative! -@jayna

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Featured Author: @katleya
Porcelain Cats Give Advice?


Image source: María Baldizán

The ritual was provided to her by a famous magician she met in Hungary. Although, she didn't quite understand the last part of the incantation, she had to continue it to the end. He did so, and waited the half hour to see its effect. But nothing happened. She went to sleep disappointed.
Eva never had premonitory dreams, but that night was different.

Congratulations on the word count! Quite an achievement in a story that has to cross a language barrier. And, congratulations on a story that offers wisdom and entertainment at the same time.

What a clever plot. The mischievous cat is witness to a magical transformation and from that he brings back to his cat family lessons in life that will guide them. The plot is clever and complex. You handle the complexity well.

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Featured Author: @joseph1956
In Another Body


Image source: geralt on Pixabay

Once I tried to escape and almost succeeded, in an oversight of my captors I opened the door of the house and tried to run, but the wretched old man did not give me back the strength of my legs and I looked like a turtle in a marathon race. -@joseph1956

This story took my breath away, @joseph1956. It is very difficult to write from the perspective of one who is confused and losing his faculties. But you did so beautifully. Your character's beliefs and conclusions based on what he can understand and what he has forgotten are really astounding. The story is poignant and believable and quite heartbreaking. -@jayna

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Featured Author: @bruno-kema
No Longer Home


Image source: William Daigneault on Unsplash

I didn't tell anyone of my plan, I just carried on with the day as if everything was normal. When no one else was around, I hurriedly packed the little things I had into my bag. And I hid it. That was the good thing about being the only one cleaning the house. I had all the good hiding spots. -@bruno-kema

The wonderful thing about buses, and trains, is they promise a journey. In some cases that journey is adventure. In other cases it is escape. You draw the scene well, so that we are worried about the young man when he is discovered by his cousin.

This story has both darkness and light. The darkness of the uncle's greed and cruelty. The light of the cousin's compassion and generosity. The story feels complete as the young man heads into his future. -@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

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