TWA #70 – Dinosaurs

“Flank” by Albert Berg


“Pharaoh” by Ryan Dalton


TWA 70 Main MAIN-01Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.

Humanity thought it had a grip on things. We generally felt we knew where we stood. Elephants were big, whales were in the water, and maybe bears were kind of scary.

But then one day scientists came along and were like, “Oh, hey, it turns out that at some point on earth GIANT BUILDING-SIZED MONSTERS used to walk around.” It caused a bit of a stir, and things haven’t stopped stirring since.

Along came flying ones, ones in the water, terrifying skulls were dug up, New Jersey was full of them, and the school bus had to be invented just so science books for kids would have something to provide a sense of scale.


Sure, we’ve learned a lot since we named them “terrible lizards,” but that hasn’t reduced our fascination with them one bit. Books, movies, games, games made out books, movies made out of toys, everything and anything in the creative world has been saturated with dinosaurs at some point.

And now it’s the arena’s turn. Our authors were tasked to give us a tale about dinosaurs. We placed no restrictions on genre, nor on scientific accuracy, we just wanted a flesh-and-blood dinosaur to be central to the story.

Who will evolve and who will be struck by a meteor?

Let’s find out!

Albert Berg enters the fray with “Flank.”

Ryan Dalton battles back with “Pharaoh.”

The Dinosaur Dance is on!

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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  1. Holy cats, those were good reads! My heart is still thumping from “Pharoah” though. That gets my vote – and a wish for more of this world from Ryan Dalton!

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