Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt,
Our topic this round is both a coveted resource and a ritual for millions. It brings energy to the masses and makes for a much more civil civilization. This bitter bean has been a staple of commerce for ages; from its accidental discovery by goat herders to its international reach in modern times, it truly is a wonder that we ever functioned without it.
Our topic this week is coffee, that beautiful brewed beverage of energy and warmth. It is said that coffee helped to usher in the enlightenment, a time of literary, philosophical, and scientific revolution. Now it has come to us with its rich smell and euphoric properties and demands canonization amidst the hallowed columns of The Writer’s Arena.
Who will rise and shine and who will order decaf?
Let’s find out!
The Coffee Clash 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).