TWA #9 Dessert Island Battle Thread

 “Pillow” by Hannah-Elizabeth Thompson


“The Gluten-Free Man” by Nathan Cabaniss


designer cakes on a pie plateWelcome short story lovers! After today, you’re going to need a dentist. This week, we delve into the delectable world of desserts, and the stories hiding in those vast mounds of sugar.

Representing the TWA, the sugary-sweet Hannah-Elizabeth Thompson brings you the tastiest of end times with “Pillow.” Will this syrupy apocalypse be enough to win?

Challenging her is a newcomer to the TWA, Nathan Cabaniss. In his story “The Gluten-Free Man,” we find an old favorite struggling to cope in a world of health nuts. Will you follow the path of cookies that leads to Nathan winning?

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. Both of you weirdos need to accept Sara Lee into your life.

  2. This place is weird. The stories are weird. I like it.

    • Welcome, James. You seem to fit in here. Please check out some of the older battles and/or join in the discussion for this week. Some of the regulars should be along shortly with more commentary on the stories. 🙂

  3. Wow!!!

    Wow, Wow, Wow!

    At first I read the prompt, and thought, “Ha!…..good luck with that!”

    I had no idea of the possibilities that the creative imaginations of these two talented writers could thrust into the Arena. But they both took the prompt and turned into into two wonderful stories that are nothing short of…..dare it say it……”sweet”.

    At first I read Nathan’s story, “The Gluten-Free Man”, and by the time I got to the part where the girl called the pony-tailed cookie “way sexist”, I thought, “Good luck beating this story, it’s unique, clever, and awesome”.

    And it truly is all that.

    But then I read “Pillow” by Hannah-Elizabeth, and found myself fully sucked into a disturbingly sweet nightmarish doomsday narrative, such that by the time I reached the end I had to pause and make sense of the myriad ways I was emotionally affected by what I had read.

    I commented separately on each of the corresponding story threads, and I loved both stories very much. Bravo to both writers and a sincere ‘thank you’ for their excellent work. In this battle, I give my vote to Ms. Thompson.

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