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Michael L Thal

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Writer Works 2004 Short Story Contest

12/13/2004 11:13:00 AM

by Michael L Thal

writer works 2004 Short Story Contest gave "Cygnus Loop" Honorable Mention in their recent writers' contest.
About "Cygnus Loop" the judges wrote, "Well-written story." Here's a quick excerpt:

The morning rain pounded the small school along Riverside Drive. Children and teachers ran frantically from parked cars. Horns blasted, and headlights winked through waves of water.

Allison Peters hated arriving late. But she had just moved from her old bachelor pad in anticipation of her boyfriend’s arrival. This new place was a short commute.

Allison waited by the door of her third grade classroom with her hand over her heart, blonde hair plastered against her face, makeup running down her cheeks. A puddle of water formed around her feet as her students saluted the flag under the leadership of Vice Principal, Brett Castille.

Physically, she was attracted to Brett. If only he wasn’t so obnoxious, like the way he looked her over like a barfly would a potential night’s catch.

When the students pulled out their chairs, she whispered in his ear over the scraping noises. “Mind if I change?”

“No problem. Just make it fast.”

As she walked passed the principal’s office, she got nailed. “Miss Peters, I want to speak to you now. In my office.”

She walked slowly by the secretary’s desk, forced a smile at the elderly woman, and entered Dr. Judd’s office. The door’s tight spring closed it firmly behind her. Thud!

Nanette Judd was an older woman, thin like a scarecrow with brittle gray hair and skin as transparent as wax paper. Her desk was huge, and empty except for a crystal paperweight and a picture of a super nova. Allison smiled in sweet recognition when she saw the photo. She relaxed somewhat and sat in a leather-padded chair across from her boss. The desk seemed to dwarf the frail woman, but her demeanor was anything but feeble. Her blue eyes reached inside Miss Peter’s brown ones like a telepath reading her victim’s mind.
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More News by Michael L Thal

· Goodbye Tchaikovsky now on Amazon - 11/7/2013 9:21:00 PM
· #2 in the Koolura Series will soon be Published - 10/13/2013 2:33:00 PM
· ChildControlled - 10/15/2011 4:33:00 PM
· Historic Los Angeles App - 1/14/2011 9:25:00 AM
· Examiner Column - 1/8/2010 8:47:00 PM
· Between Two Worlds Soon To Be Published - 5/8/2009 7:28:00 AM
· Encourage Kids to Read Published - 1/28/2009 7:09:00 PM
· Gift From the Heart Published - 11/27/2008 5:34:00 AM
· Tell-Tale Wag - 10/18/2008 4:03:00 PM
· The Man Who Hated Christmas Wins an Award - 12/24/2007 1:23:00 PM
· The Curse of the Brazilian Published - 11/7/2007 8:09:00 AM
· Gift From the Heart Wins Writing Competition - 11/10/2006 3:38:00 PM
· OASIS Journal Publishes "The Outing of Senor Pelon" - 10/23/2006 2:07:00 PM
· Birtle the Turtle Wins Honorable Mention - 12/27/2005 3:29:00 PM
· Bylines 2006 Writer's Desk Calendar - 11/10/2005 4:31:00 PM
· First Place Winner - 9/14/2004 10:31:00 PM
· Divorce Can Work for Kids - 7/12/2004 1:09:00 PM
· National Organization on Disability (NOD) Gives a Nod to My Writing - 6/8/2004 5:13:00 PM
· Mother's Day Winner - 5/9/2004 8:29:00 AM
· Kids in Motion Published - 4/23/2004 1:19:00 PM
· Michael Wins Writer's Digest Award - 10/24/2003 3:11:00 PM

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