Welcome, short story lovers.
This week the arena is feeling greedy, but we don’t want to do any actual work. No, what we want is to retrieve something valuable that has been lost.
We want to go on a treasure hunt.
The concept is ancient and permeates every culture we can possibly think of. From golden fleeces to buried gold to long-lost family riches, it would seem that setting out to discover the hiding place, or last known location, of some wonderfully valuable item appeals to the corner-cutter in all of us. A map, some digging, and presto, you’re set for life.
Our authors’ task this week is to tell us a story involving a hunt for an item of significant value that has been lost or hidden. They are free to take this notion into any time period or genre they want, they just have give us a hunt for treasure.
Representing the arena this week is Danny Brophy with “The Book of the Memory.”
Battling him is Simonas Juodis with “Smuggler’s Moon.”
On a side note, we are tinkering with a new schedule for the arena, so we will be holding off on the judgement post until Monday to give our readers through the weekend to…
Read, comment, vote, enjoy!
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.
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