TWA #7 – Long Lost Love Battle Thread

“The Stars Also” by Albert Berg


“What Must Be Done” by Amber Keller


Short Story Competition #7

Welcome short story lovers as we welcome lovers in short stories. This week’s challenge was all about testing the limits of the heart as we asked our authors to weave a tale about separated lovers being reunited at long last.

Albert Berg gives us “The Stars Also,” proving yet again that his imagination knows nothing of limits.

Challenger Amber Keller strikes back by reuniting lovers with the story, “What Must Be Done.”

Who will win? Will Amber continue the trait of toppling our arena writers? Or will Albert bring the trophy back home?

Read! Enjoy! Comment and discuss!

We have two judges that will render their decision by Friday. 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 aren’t 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 Friday.

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  1. I think this was the most reader-rewarding battle thus far. While they’ve all been amazing, between both of these stories I found myself taken on unexpected journeys of wonderment, reveled in more colorful tapestries of imagination, and compelled towards deeper investment of emotion than any of the previous battles.

    I will be commenting separately on each of the corresponding story threads regarding my experience of reading them, so I won’t duplicate those sentiments here.

    But I will note that in this round, my vote goes to Mr. Albert Berg.

    That being said, I offer my most humble gratitude to both writers for putting so much effort, creativity, and love into each of their stories. This has been a battle worthy of a standing ovation.

  2. Yeah, I kinda felt like it was being cut here and there to conform to the restriction. Yes, I think that I will most definitely ask very nicely if she will be willing to let me peruse the words of the full version. If this condensed version is any indication, it must be a most savory read indeed.

  3. OK, something went wrong with that previous post. I was actually posting it as a reply to Tony’s response to my earlier post under Amber’s story thread. When I hit post it jumped to this page as a post. Very strange.

  4. Such an interesting contest. I really wasn’t sure about the prompt. I’m not one for romance unless it is a subplot for something else. This just worked and was flat out awesome.

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