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First Lines Contest 2017: The Curious Case of William Alexander Redwood
Billy struggled to wake up and stay that way. His head heavy, his neck couldn’t sustain its weight and it drooped down onto his chest. Each attempt to open his eyes brought the coarse sensation of a rough cloth tightly placed across them, preventing his vision.
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First Lines Contest 2017: Uya: A Beast Like No Other
The unusual livestock killings began in earnest the first frost of 2016. Such was the way of life and death for the rural farming community of the North Georgia mountains, but near the Georgia and Tennessee border, the farmers had experienced nothing like the gluttony of carnage to come.
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First Lines Contest 2017: Thanks Giving
In ten days, Thanksgiving 2016 would be a wrap. For one metro Atlanta family, this meant two of three sisters had less than a day to decide whether or not to be at their parent's table for the feast. The oldest sister, Glenda, would be there, showcasing her new love interest.
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First Lines Contest 2017: J
With his last breath, a child and a story are born. They would become one. James Blade of Spokane, Washington has died.
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First Lines Contest 2017: The Rebooted
At dusk, three, loud knocks at her front door scared the young, grief-stricken mother of four. Huddling around her in front of a solitary space heater, Ann's three children jumped, startling her even more. For a brief second, they shivered, fearing it was death itself that had come knocking.
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First Lines Contest 2017: Christmas Past
An angel rarely tells a story, but mine begins a few weeks before the Christmas of 1958. "Now I lay down to sleep. I..."
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First Lines Contest 2017: Fuego
There was passion fire in me for all things right and fine – science and theory, art, and love --- Love and desire of wife and child, country, the just world…
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First Lines Contest 2017: Diablo
There is no greater test of vision than to foresee one’s own death. Reminiscent of a Rodin sculpture come to life, Artek sat motionless on the hot sand, his back pressed against the rough-but-reassuring bark of a tall palm tree. High overhead, the sun shone down with unusual fierceness, and he was grateful for the limited shade.
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First Lines Contest 2017: The Stones
"I thought I knew them, my best friends since we were thirteen years old. Growing up through those awkward teenage years with them, listening to their girl troubles or lack thereof. Then one day I found out the truth."
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First Lines Contest 2017: Gretyl and the Witch
"Tears blur my vision as I look up into my father’s angry grey eyes. Turning to walk away from him, I feel his firm grip on my arm. “Gretyl, don’t walk away from me. I’m talking to you.”
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