Our 59-word story this week had to include an apology. I was contestant #1.
I was the only one who could stay, though I’m not entirely sure how. I guess it’s hard to leave when you have something to say. Besides, the accident was my fault.
As the vet injected the solution, I couldn’t say it. She was looking right at me. I scratched behind her ears. I just hope she understood.
MATTHEW: Of course, euthanasia. I’m surprised this didn’t come up sooner. Even the second story was in a sense, a mercy killing, even if that’s just a confused person’s brain deciding so. I have to fault story 2 just a little for the pat exposition at the beginning, though. It makes the simple set-up of story 1 feel all the more well executed. WINNER: #1
Novak – Is there a reason you compilers hate us judges and leave us with such depressing entries every time? Is there a reason you writers are so damned brilliantly dark? I’m not a pet person, but #1 is tugging on strings I didn’t even know I had. #2 takes a terrible, terrible tragedy and gives us a humanizing perspective when that’s the last thing we could ever want. Wow. It took to the end this week, but I’ve found my “Close Call.” The subtext of #1 is a bit stronger, so it’s enough to take the match-up. Good job both.
ANDY: It was a strong showing #2, but I felt like you may have laid it on a bit thick at the end. But it was a strong effort. I felt more emotionally connected to #1’s story. I was right there, and it worked. That’s my winner.
Result vs. Zack Sauvageau: WIN (3-0)
Current Record: 3-3
Next Match-Up: Dean Carlson (3-3)