Microcosms 40

Welcome to Q4 in the first year of Microcosms – pause for a ripple of applause – and round #40.

This week’s contest was inspired by a throw-away line from Steve Lodge when he was judging round #36: “What a story it would make if we put all the fave lines together.”

Modifying that, I’ve taken one of the favourite / favorite lines chosen by the judge in each of the contests in Q3. Your task is to select one of these lines and incorporate it into your entry:

#27 – The mausoleum sat like a brooding old man against the backdrop of a star-studded sky

#28 – You’re either cooking or you’re just heating up.

#29 – Daisy was only nine but had quite a voice on her.

#30 – She was surrounded by large men, with large guns. None of them were smiling.

#31 – It had snowed heavily that day but now the sky was clear and a full moon illuminated the ghostly scene.

#32 – Monsieur Leroy was so perturbed by events at the Hotel Grande that a single hair of his waxed moustache curled out of place.

#33 – He leans forward and whispers. “You want me to do my trick, don’t you?”

#34 – Next morning his dead body was found holding a book in one hand and his bag in another.

#35 – And that, kids, is how I met your Father!

#36 – Harry would get it from the people on the 4th.

#37 – Returning home is like a poem in the rear-view; things are larger than they appear.

#38 – The moon leered through the French windows, licked at the casket with its silver tongue.

#39 – I guess it takes a while for memory to cross the space between us

You can  change the line slightly – gender, tense, punctuation, etc. – but it must still be recognisable.

[ The slot machine has been given a well-deserved rest this week. 🙂 ]


Judging this week is Microcosms 39 Judge’s Pick, me.

All submissions should be a maximum of 300 words in length. You have until midnight, New York time to submit.

All being well, results will be posted on Monday.


If you need a image to inspire you, turn your back on any window in your residence, hold up a hand mirror and look at the reflection… 🙂


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