Lean and Mean Challenge- 03/23/20 "The Grab Bag"


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    Lean and Mean Challenge- 03/23/20 "The Grab Bag"




    *Please read this post entirely before submitting a story to the challenge*



    This week’s contest opens as soon as the clock turns to Monday, US Central Standard Time (12:01 a.m.)

    It closes at the very end of the next Sunday, US Central Standard Time (11:59 p.m.)

    This week’s prompt: "The Grab Bag."

    PRIZES

    Each week’s winner will receive a $5 Amazon gift voucher, upon providing their email address to Ma'am by (PM) Private Message.

    Prizes are not transferable and can only be awarded in locations that are served by Amazon.

    *** (New) Also, the editors of Flashes of Brilliance may extend an offer of publication to the authors of any stories they especially like.***

    STORIES

    Contests will run weekly for one year, providing there’s enough interest to keep them going.

    Stories can be up to 1,000 words, not including the title. Any that go over that may be disqualified.


    HOW TO ENTER

    One entry per person.

    In the interests of fairness, this is an anonymous challenge.

    Your entry must be submitted anonymously and therefore should be PMed to me, Ma'am, so that I may post it for you. Please be sure to indicate in your PM on which board you prefer your work posted, PUBLIC or SECURE. I am responsible for linking all entries posted on the secure board to public board.


    ***VERY IMPORTANT*** Kindly make sure your entry is properly formatted and error free before you PM it to me as you will be unable to edit your work once I have posted it. If your work requires a disclaimer, please inform me in your submission PM.


    PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT ANY ENTRY POSTED DIRECTLY TO EITHER BOARD WILL RESULT IN THAT PARTICULAR WORK BEING DISQUALIFIED, BUT YOU WILL BE PERMITTED TO SELECT ANOTHER WORK TO ENTER ANONYMOUSLY THROUGH THE REQUIRED CHANNELS.

    Do not post comments in this thread

    If you would like to retain your first publication rights remember to request your entry be posted on the dedicated secure challenge board “Lean and Mean' Prize Flash Fiction.” (However, please also be aware that having your story posted in the secure area of the thread may result in non-members not being able to see it or vote for it).

    Likes and comments are not allowed on the contest threads until the challenge has closed. However, comments, chit-chat and general banter IS allowed in the Challenge Café. Please include the appropriate “warnings” with your story title, if appropriate, for language, sex, violence, etc. Erotica, sexually explicit stories (pornography), or fanfic is not allowed.

    Administrator's word in any and all matters is final.

    AS PER WF RULES:

    Plagiarism: All work entered in the challenge must be your own.

    Obscene Material and Gratuitous Violence: Such material is not allowed. What is considered overtly pornographic or otherwise obscene is decided by the staff and is not open to debate. It will be removed immediately. Any description or depiction of child sexual abuse is not only considered obscene, it is a reportable crime in many jurisdictions. Repeat offenders will be permanently banned.

    Strong or explicit language, Mature themes Disclaimers: Infrequent and context-appropriate strong language and mature themes are allowed and a warning must be included with the entry.

    Post Titles: Post titles must be G rated, which means strong language or descriptions of violence or sexual activities are not permitted.Stories must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. US Central Time on the Sunday night that the week’s contest ends. Entries submitted after this time will disqualified.

    VOTING

    As soon as a weekly contest closes to entries, a poll will be posted and voting begins.

    Voting is open to anyone who cares to help us out by voting for their favorite story.

    Voting for your own story is NOT allowed. Doing so will result in disqualification.

    In the event of a tie, a second vote will be held to determine the winner.

    PROMPTS

    Please refer to the prompt thread for the full list of prompts.

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    The Love Lottery (500 words)

    Supersicus Americus was an old man at fifty. In his time, the year 432 AD, people didn’t live very long. Supersicus was very surprised that he had. Although both poor and sickly, he just loved those young hookers in the temple. Maybe that's what's keeping me alive? he often thought.

    That was the year he had the bright idea of saving money by entering the yearly sex lottery. It was the one where young men drew the names of young ladies out of a hat. The women would have to live with them for a year. It was an old tradition in his hometown of Rome.

    “So, Idios, you go over and draw the name and I’ll pay you two-hundred shekels for it,” he reminded his dumb homosexual grandson. Knowing Idios would forget in a few minutes, Supersicus had to accompany him to the drawing. Once there, he changed identification scrolls with the young Idios.

    As the two slowly advanced to a huge pottery jar and merged with a crowd of men, Supersicus looked out of place with his age and shabby clothing. No matter. When money and free sex was concerned, pride and self-consciousness fled. Supersicus figured that, since he spent most of his sporadic income on whores, getting that lottery slip would save him a bit of cash. And he might even draw the address of a rich young lady.

    Waiting his turn, Idios showed Supersicus’s identification and dutifully drew a slip of papyrus from the jar. Forgetting what to do with it, he looked around, a stupid expression on a handsome face. Supersicus, grabbed the ticket out of Idios's hand and left. Shrugging, Idios headed for a crowd of homos standing across the street from the crowd; they had their own lottery going on.

    “85476 South Street,” Supersicus read from the slip. “Cutilus Yumyumis” was the name of his new love, along with the numerals, “XVII.” Only seventeen? And, after all, it was a good address.

    In a good mood, Supersicus hobbled over to the good side of the railroad tracks. He was so intent on his good luck that he didn’t even stop to take a turn snacking on a fried lion lying there by the third rail with a jar of mustard.

    It was a large mansion, sitting on a huge lawn. The place was so fancy he saw a guard at the gate.

    “Where can I find this Cutilus Yumyumis?” he asked. The guard looked him over and directed him to the back of the mansion.

    Hobbling around to the rear, Supersicus knocked on a back door. It was opened by a beautiful young girl in her teens.

    “Are you Cutilus Yumyumis?” he asked eagerly, heart racing and ready to pounce.

    “I was until yesterday,” she answered. “Hey,” the lovely morsel yelled over her shoulder, “someone get granny out of the rat bin. Her new lover is here.”

    It seems Supersicus was not the only person to temporarily change identities.

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    This challenge is now closed.

    Please vote for your favorite here.


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