TWA #83 – The Sun

“Sol Survivor” by Tony Southcotte


“Peter’s Denial” by Mark Bryk


TWA 61 CARD MainGreetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.

We at the arena have been looking over our own history for inspiration recently. While doing so, we discovered that only a few months ago we gave out one of our most basic, core, prompts ever and produced an excellent battle, but that the counterpart of that prompt has never been dealt with in our walls.

The original prompt was the moon. Which makes this week’s prompt?

You guessed it. The sun.

This is one of those prompts where it’s almost silly to sit here and list the different ways it has popped up in art. What culture hasn’t made art about the sun? What painter hasn’t studied a sunset? What poet hasn’t contemplated the dawn?

Things have changed over the past few millennia, the sun has gone from a hot coal lodged in the ether to a massive flaming ball of gas at the center of our solar system, but it still looms large as one of the most fascinating things we will ever experience.

Our authors’s goal this week was to write us a story involving a sun. It didn’t have to be our sun, but it needed to be some planet’s sun. They could delve into any time or genre they wanted to, they just had to put that big bright ball of light in the sky into their story in some central way.

Who will rise and who will set?

Let’s find out.

Tony Southcotte represents the arena this week with “Sol Survivor.”

Mark Bryk shines back with “Peter’s Denial.”

The Sun Skirmish 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. (I like the idea of this series of prompts. Just having a hard time thinking what’s the opposite of butter…)

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