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Monthly Writing Contest

January 2006 Winner: Tony Stoklosa, The Argument
Honorable Mention: Mike Dunn, A Shining Mistake
Honorable Mention: Carol Gandolfo, Topaz Morning
View the 2006 Will Write 4 Food catalogue of winners & honorable mentions. View the contest rules.

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January 2006 Winner
The Argument
by Tony Stoklosa

    Flowers were still green buds when the first bloody carcass was found. It was only a chicken and the hunters the old man called told him this was the work of a wolf. He scowled and extolled the rotten-egg odor he encountered but the odors had quickly blown away and this recluse was known for story telling. When the chickens were all eaten, it was a torn-up horse with a half-eaten head that brought his excited warning again. A bear the hunters concluded this time. He contorted and wheezed in imitation of the raspy breathing he had heard but the actual sound had fled like a breeze.
    Now the white hand of winter gripped the land and isolated the old man’s shack. Awake after midnight, he could only press his blanket around his ears to shield them from the hungry groaning in the woods and later a slathering and creaking of planks at his flimsy door.
    The shock of freezing air provided a hint of the pain that was to come as he was dragged outside. But Winter would also provide the means for victory. As the monster carried him back across a bridge into the woods with red iridescent scales flashing in the moonlight, the old man knew the hunters would recognize the danger, follow it and put an end to the slaughter. For his tormentor left an irrefutable argument—a trail in the snow only a young dragon could make.


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