Here are the winning stories from F-BOM’s Spring 2018 flash fiction contest, Someone Is Watching, judged by C.A. Hartman.
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Societal Ants by Agajem Jemima Japhet
Something is always crawling on my back. In the part of Africa where I come from, that means someone is watching you. But, I know it is not just someone watching me; the things on my back feel too many.
Eyes follow me everywhere, monitoring how I sweep, cook, talk, sit, dress…To know if I am acting how beings like me with two soft things on the chest and flat hairy something below the navel, are “supposed” to act.
The eyes want to control my being with rules, but they don’t know I let my mind roam free.
Stony Eyes by Kate Bitters
Rain. Bloating the fibers of her patched sweater, leaking into her skin. Just a few more strides and she’ll make it to the abandoned castle.
Lightning flashes, illuminating a heavy wooden door. Twin gargoyles leer down at her, hunched and dripping. A shiver jerks through her shoulders.
The door resists, but gives way to her shove with an irritated creak. She exhales relief and stumbles forward.
Another lightning flash. Another set of gargoyles. They grin from above a fireplace mantel.
She tiptoes, soggy-footed, through the entryway, feeling stony eyes slide across her. From the darkness, a set of wings flap.
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