2016 Tournament Round V: Luck

“Be a Lady” by Lu Whitley


“King of the World” by David Webb


round-5-main-01Greetings, short story lovers. Today’s topic is a bit on the nebulous side. It’s hard to say if it even really exists. Those who believe in it know fully well that it governs their lives, those who don’t simply ignore it. Statisticians, in general, tend to be dismissive of it while casinos operate by purporting to represent it.

What on earth are we talking about? Why the concept of luck, of course. Pennies, horse shoes, pre-game rituals, certain numbers, and the play Macbeth. It’s hard to find any segment of our life where luck isn’t represented in some way. But what is it? How does it effect us? Can it be harnessed? Is it all just hooey? Does it exist in the small scale but not on the large? Is there bad luck or just an absence of good?

Beats us, that’s why we’re having our authors write about it. Their mission is to write us a short story with “luck” as a major theme. This is definitely one of those prompts where, if they have us pondering luck for a few days after reading their story, that’s definitely a good thing.

Which side will the horseshoe land for our authors?

Let’s find out!

David Webb enters into the fray with “King of the World.”

Lu Whitley battles back with “Be a Lady.”

The semi-final match of luck is underway!

We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.

And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).

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