#MenageMonday – Winners – Week 33

Phoenix obviously provided a prompt you guys were happier to take on this week. Welcome to all of the new folks who joined us this week, too! Nice job, everyone! :D

Phoenix Says: A lot of awesome entries this week, you certainly made it difficult to choose my favorites. Also, a nod to my Facebook buddies and my mother who joined this week. Hope you had fun enough to come back!


  • Nicole Wolverton | @nicolewolverton
  • Dee | @dee_768
  • Mark Ethridge | @LurchMunster
  • Ryan Strohman | @rastrohman
  • Miranda Boers | @PurpleQueenNL
  • Wakefield Mahon | @WakefieldMahon
  • Afsaneh Khetrapal | @Afsaneh_Dreams
  • Ray Morris | @iwrites
  • Aylah50 | @aylah50
  • Robin Abess | –
  • Chessny Silth | @ChessnySilth
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Greg Nance | @acenance
  • David A Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Nellie Batz | @solimond
  • Bernice Midgett | –
  • @LupusAnthropos
  • Marie Frizelle | @mariefrizelle
  • Jeff Tsuruoka | @JTsuruoka
  • Rebekah Postupak | @postupak
  • Bullish | @bullishink
  • Robert Mahone | @Computilizer
  • ML Gammella | @MLGammella (late entry)



On to the Winners!


Honorable Mentions

Dee | @dee_768

Phoenix Says: I love the simple names for things: the None, the Bright, the Before, etc. I remember part one of the story, too. Plans to continue? I’d read it! [read more]

Nellie Batz | @solimond

Phoenix Says: Being reborn… as a Phoenix? Awesome! Where do I sign up? When I was seeing this in my head, Jenner looked an awful lot like me…  [read more]


Phoenix Says: Big bad boss bird says “Obedience!” Or, you know, become smoked jerky. Wahaha! Love it. [read more]


Week 33 Judge’s Pet

Ryan Strohman | @rastrohman

Phoenix Says: Lacking the means to explain something probably accounts for many Legends of old… that and various hallucinogens. A great twist on this one. A dimensional messenger.

The few humans that had spotted him millennia ago tried to make sense of their observations, even giving rise to a fairy tale in which he perished in flame and rose from the ashes to begin life anew. But they were wrong, always telling stories in attempts to justify that which they did not understand. He didn’t die. The flames they witnessed simply marked the portal that allowed him to travel from dimension to dimension. The truth to his existence eluded them.

Most of his avian brethren didn’t want this job. The crows and pigeons rejected it, yet for hundreds of years they served as messengers for the humans. The phoenix essentially did the same, only his masters were the Vidians, a race whose home planet was so distant that dimensional travel was their only option. Their scouts watched and waited from their tiny mountain outposts on Earth for thousands of years, sending the phoenix back to relay their findings to their home world.

The phoenix reared his head to the sky briefly to take in the eclipse. The transit of the moon across the burning orb marked his final journey. The Vidian invasion of Earth had ultimately come.


Week 33 Champ

Robert Mahone | @Computilizer

Phoenix Says: Ah, the pensive jailbird wishing he could fly. There are days when I feel I have descended into the ranks of the aimless myself. Well written.

Though undeniably wrought by my own fiery temper, mental afflictions of my own design, I didn’t want this. I didn’t want anything that even resembled this. I wanted to be a blue angel pilot. I wanted to land jets on an aircraft carrier. And that, just for starters. I wanted to become a lunar astronaut – “One giant leap for mankind”, and all that.

Not by the most incredible misfortune, to be one sitting stupid on some dusty prison exercise yard. This is not my idea of standing out – to be one of only three persons even cognizant of a beautiful eclipse occurring overhead. All there ever was of me was bound up in the idea that I would be significant. I must matter to someone other than myself. My descent has been into the ranks of the aimless.

I wonder how soon into its half- millennium does a phoenix began contemplating rebirth. I am so recently into this life sentence. But, I fear for my sanity if I do not look forward to my release. Though incarcerated from without, I’m fully aware of a fire shut-up within. I have to believe that I will one day fly from this place.


Congratulations, Ryan and Bob. Claim your badges and display them with pride! (If you need any alterations for color/background, just let me know, or check the #MenageMonday page for a white background version).

Pass on the great news. Google Plus, Twitter, FB, smoke signals. I’m not picky. Check out all of this week’s offerings here, and be sure to come back next #MenageMonday!











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