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A favor
A drug dealer



If your story is listed below in the top 5, congratulations on advancing to the 2nd Round kicking off at 11:59PM EDT this Thursday, March 17th!  Regardless if your story placed or not, everyone should be proud for rising to the challenge and creating an original story from scratch in just 8 days.  This was our largest field ever and there were many great stories that aren't recognized below.  Thank you to everyone for participating, we hope it was an inspiring experience!

#1 'The Locket That Saved a Life' by Kara Kahnke SYNOPSIS - When a cop begins a dangerous pursuit of a drug dealer, he finds out they have something important in common.

#2 'Favors Under the Darkling Trees ' by Molly Zeigler SYNOPSIS - This may be just the start of the adventure as a young girl strives for home after being taken. This girl – our narrator – finds hope and direction by remembering the love and advice of her family – and maybe by finding her own strength.

#3 'The Knot' by David Neal SYNOPSIS - A drug dealer and police informant faces his greatest challenge so far as he attempts to plan his wedding. To successfully tie the knot and start his new life he’ll need to break free from a web of professional entanglements with both the mob and the cops – but they won’t let him go that easily.

#4 'Never' by Diana Hunter SYNOPSIS - In spite of his misgivings, Jake does his friend a favor, only to have the whole thing blow up in his face. Now he’s on the run, looking for a refuge he doesn’t expect to find.

#5 'Nuevo Laredo' by Edward Varga SYNOPSIS - A high school student on spring break in Mexico tries out his inadequate Spanish speaking and inadvertently orders the restaurant's secret entree which is a large plate of cocaine and a prostitute on the side. Unable to pay for the expensive 'meal' and facing the deadly wrath of the prostitute’s boyfriend, the student escapes with the prostitute and embarks on a cross country drive back to his suburban Chicago home.

#Honorable Mention 'Faces' by Rachel Porter SYNOPSIS - After losing the ability to recognize faces, a woman runs away to a small town in hopes of avoiding people altogether.

#Honorable Mention 'Miracle Road' by Kelly Hess SYNOPSIS - After trading cars with a friend, a case of mistaken identity leads to trouble with a dangerous drug dealer. Chris must fight for his life or become another senseless victim along the highway.

#Honorable Mention 'When It Rains' by David Harvey SYNOPSIS - Brandon has to force a stranger to help him get some merchandise across the country on an airplane. But Brandon isn’t the only one wanting help.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
48 Ann Lucinda Ambarvale NSW AU
48 Bell-Davies Annie Carmarthen Carmarthenshire GB
48 Brumfield Chad Baytown TX US
48 Campos Erika Jacksonville FL US
48 Crow Noah Falls Church VA US
48 Deal Kim Hixson TN US
48 Downing Hannah Westcourt QLD AU
48 Doyle Kathleen Centreville VA US
48 Elliott Jodi Scott Los Angeles CA US
48 Giovinco Gregory Collegeville PA US
48 Harvey David Bloomington MN US
48 Hess Kelly Vacaville CA US
48 Hunter Diana Phelps NY US
48 Kahnke Kara Tempe AZ US
48 Lavelle Alice York North Yorkshire GB
48 Mangra-Stubbs Seeta Des Moines IA US
48 Martin Karen San Diego CA US
48 McHugh Matt Gibsonia PA US
48 michelson Rachel Mt View CA US
48 Moses Schanel Ann Arbor MI US
48 Nascimento Rachel Swansea MA US
48 Neal David Goulceby Lincolnshire GB
48 Nimo Jeanne M. Egg Harbor Township NJ US
48 P Rachel Brooklyn NY US
48 rae ali saugus CA US
48 Robinson Joshua Morgantown WV US
48 Topham-Taylor Ben Penryn Cornwall GB
48 Townsend Patricia Apex NC US
48 Tracy Hayley Mesa AZ US
48 Tran Kevin West New York NJ US
48 Varga Edward Richmond IL US
48 Veatch Sheila Saint Augustine FL US
48 Welt Mike Valdosta GA US
48 Zeigler Molly Buffalo NY US







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