The Rest is Silence...

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Death is a hard thing to deal with, even though it happens every day. Recently I lost a friend.

The challenge is to write about death, be it the lead-up, the moment or the aftershock.

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The winner of this challenge is:


  1. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Oops! Sorry. I don’t do well with names.

  2. Avatar H.S. Wift

    Grazi, grazi, PJ. I’d like to thank PJ, for making this amazing challenge, and all the crushes and loves of my past who inspired the emotion, and Abstract Rorscharch, for giving me the skills I needed.

    Special Thanks to PJ, for a most wonderful forgetfulness of how to type my name.

    I’m not seriously that obnoxious as to write an acceptance speech, I just wanted to point that last bit out. I jest. I must appreciate how hard this was for you, PJ, as there were 28 entries, and 28 great stories to choose from, I’m honored, quite frankly, and I think we should all give PJ a round of applause for having to choose between 28 amazing ficlies.

    Peace out for the arrogant, obnoxious acceptance speech.


    Please don’t hate me for this…

  3. Avatar The Ghost in the Machine LoA

    thanks 4 the award 1st id like 2 jk. really good stuff here there wer a lot of good entries. i especially liked z is for zombie

  4. Avatar lastsyllable

    Thanks for the mention! Very good challenge.

  5. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    And now, the big (four)!!

    Special Mention to Enjoy the Silence by Charlie K. His story, showed the ‘grit-your-teeth-and-move-on’ phase that we all have to go through at some point.

    3rd Place to Regret by Horrorfan13. I think we all go through the phase of thinking about the last thing we said to the lost one or the pretend curses we placed on their name as a child.

    2nd Place to Finding Anna by someday_93 for showing how a singular thing can replay entire lives in our memory.

    1st place to Is it music or noise? by H.W. Swift for its outstanding beauty and showing the differencs and quarrels are what makes us love one another.

  6. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    I used sub-categories because my shortlist was still 15 stories long!

    Best Historical No Man’s Land, by Sam Shu Chen

    Best Horror Escape, by AdorableBlanket

    Best Murder Blood like Asphalt, by the Ghost in the Machine

    Best “Happy Ending” Yellow, by lastsyllable really lightened everyone I spoke to’s day when searching through the host of deep and depressing stories that preceded it.

    Best Reminiscence Sansabelt Slacks, by Paige Elizabeth. Echoed the loss I felt over my own grandfather.

    Best Impact My Last Intersection, by Adam Susskind. Nice stinger at the end.

    Best Character we hadn’t spoken in a year, by Clockwork Soul.

    Best Poem Alone Lover, by maximumride36

  7. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    I am not looking forward to picking a winner….

  8. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Repoting is absolutely fine

  9. Avatar Concerned Reader

    I was allowed to repost, so I’d say go right ahead.

  10. Avatar Jenni Summers

    I wrote a deathy one for another challenge, could I repost it here? Or would you call that cheating?

  11. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Thanks for extending my point :)

  12. Avatar Concerned Reader

    There are many different ways to express death. You can write a reaction to a death. You can write about a death as it happens. You can write about causing a death. You can write about avoiding death.

    Writing about death itself isn’t cliche. If all of the entries where the same sort of thing, then maybe there’d be a problem, but everyone views death a different way.

  13. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    No. This is simple. I don’t see how it is a cliche, it’s death… It’s just open to interpretation.

  14. Avatar C. Augusto Valdés

    Don’t you think the theme is a little clichéd? Do you care to add a difficulty?

  15. Avatar H.S. Wift

    I think people doing this challenge will enjoy the cheering up.

  16. Avatar The Third Robot

    That would be awesome. But I don’t think it could be made into a challenge very easily…

    But if you wanna do it have at ’er! I will partake with earnest.

  17. Avatar H.S. Wift

    I care, TR. Ficly is a family, and that means waking you up on your birthday by jumping on your belly, and then singing Happy Birthday out of key in so many ways.

  18. Avatar The Third Robot

    Now I feel left out. I was crafted on the 19th if anyone cares… :(

    This could get out of hand in the awesome way.

    Aaaaand we digress. Badly.

  19. Avatar H.S. Wift

    For the record, you can write me a story on August 6th!

  20. Avatar H.S. Wift

    I’ll do that too! March 28th shall go on my calendar; write someday_93 a story day!

  21. Avatar H.S. Wift

    You could let her win…

    Unless I enter, in which case, I retract this comment.

  22. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Man, I should get you a present…

  23. Avatar Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA))

    Yes, I liked that one.

  24. Avatar Concerned Reader

    Would it be alright if I copy pasted my Suicide poem?

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