Friday, December 7, 2012

Trifextra: Week Forty-Five

Welcome back, loyal Trifectans!  And welcome aboard to all of our newbies from this past week.  It sure is nice to see some new faces around these parts--and it really is awesome to see our established community rush to greet them and make them feel welcome.  The internet may well be dominated by cats and smut, but we've carved out a decent slice of it here.  I love how we treat each other in this space.  Thank you again for supporting each other.

You guys chose the winners this week, and here's what you thought:

First place goes to Pinion Post for his piece, The Chemist.  It's well written and creepy and leaves us, not for the first time, asking ourselves where the hell you guys come up with this stuff.  Check it out:
The chemist was lank and pale and had a liquid smile. 
“I want to thank you, gentlemen,” he said. 
Henry sipped his drink. To both sides, half a dozen men nursed amber spirits and listened thoughtfully. They had come for their payment. 
“Our product is unique among narcotics in that it is readily absorbed in the bone,” the chemist said. “This affords certain advantages, not least of which is ease of transport.”
He gave them a shallow bow. 
“We prefer to move the product in cadavers, of course, but every now and then a border must be crossed, and for this we rely upon fine young gentlemen such as yourselves. You’ve done an admirable job.” 
He smiled. 
“How are the drinks?” 
“Fine, sir,” Henry took it upon himself to reply. “Just fine.” 
The chemist waited a moment, observing them carefully. 
“Splendid,” he said, and he strode across the room to a door. “Let me show you the process.” 
The next room stank like death and roared with a sound like the fires of hell. A conveyor belt zigzagged the floor, lurching from the weight of bodies piled upon bodies. Here and there they slid from the sides and collapsed on the floor like abandoned marionettes. 
“It’s quite ingenious, really,” the chemist called over the din. “In those ovens, there, the skin and muscle is boiled from the bones….” 
He circled to bring them round to another perspective. 
“…which then fall into these chutes, here, to the gears, which crush them to a fine powder. Soon the recycled product will be ready for market.” 
The men shifted uncomfortably. 
“What about us, sir?” Henry asked. 
“Live bodies, sir. How do you get the product out then?” 
The chemist turned away, folding his hands behind his back as a wasp might fold its wings. 
“Oh,” he said. “The same way, naturally.” 
And suddenly the man to Henry’s left hit the floor, shattering his glass and splashing what remained of his drink across the concrete.
In second place is Habibi Danyal Barry with The Vine, a story borrowed from and steeped in the beauty of childhood.  The sweet innocence is quite the contrast from our first place piece this week.

Third place this week goes to Writing in the Margins, Bursting at the Seams for her piece, The Space In Between.  We liked the layers of power and control here.  It looks like you guys did, too.

Congratulations to all of our winners and a big thanks to those who came back to vote for their favorites.

This weekend we are giving you three variations on a prompt.  We need you to give us 33 words back, and 2 of those words must be either "cheap flights," "sandwiched in" or "spectacularly clean."  This weekend, your piece must also be non-fiction (poetry or prose).  And yes, we reserve the right to call your mothers and former lovers to ask for verification on your tales.

This weekend's challenge, being a Trifextra evenly divisible by three, will be judged by the community.  Please be sure to come back and click on your favorite three posts (or up to three posts).

This week's challenge is community-judged.
  • For the 12 hours following the close of the challenge, voting will be enabled on links.  
  • In order to vote, return to this post where stars will appear next to each link.  To vote, simply click the star that corresponds with your favorite post.
  • You can vote for your top three favorite posts.
  • Voting is open to everyone. Encourage your friends to vote for you, if you wish, but please don't tell them to vote on a number.  The numbering of the posts changes regularly, as authors have the ability to delete their own links at any time.
  • You have 12 hours to vote.  It's not much time, so be diligent! We'll send out reminders on Twitter and Facebook.
Good luck!


  1. I love the winners this week! Everyone else was amazing as well. Some very creative pieces came out of the word "crush". (:

    Gah! Non-fiction is my kryptonite! Seriously it's like...the total opposite of fiction. ): No dragons or magicians or werewolves or anything. My life is pretty boring, too. What to do, what to do, what to *write*...

  2. Congratulations, as always, to the very deserving and endlessly creative winners.

  3. Congrats to the winners! And best of luck voting this weekend; the entries so far are really good.

  4. wait! what happened to the word prompt for crush??? I just finished mine and want to post then link it!

    1. sorry--that challenge closed. Check our instructions page for more info and keep an eye on the countdown timer on our sidebar. Feel free to leave your link in the comments so we can read it.

      Hope to see you back again!

  5. everyone's written soo well this time that i don't think i'll be able to choose favorites this time. think we are heading for tie upon tie upon tie this time :)

    1. I totally agree! I love many of the entries! (like always)

  6. Hi everyone. I'm still in competition (for three or four more days) to be America's Next Author, with my short story, Italian Radio. I need to finished in the top three to make it a jury that will decide if I place first, second or third. currently, I'm tied for fourth. Please read, VOTE, retweet, and facebook share your support. go here hot start the battle/battle rounds, vote for each of the seven matchups including mine. Thank you so much.

    1. Voted, Baby! Sread the word via FB and Twitter for you, too. Hope it helps.

  7. When does the challenge end? Did I miss the voting period?

    1. On the upper right hand sidebar you'll see a countdown timer to the end of the prompt. This tool is always there letting you know when a prompt ends! :)