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Bad Blood

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Bad Blood

May Prompt

Write a story involving Bad Blood, and a needle.

How could they have said what they said, did what they did? You were close, once, but no longer. You won’t apologize and neither will they. Do you turn aside and forget? No. Better to hold the grudge and bide your time…

What begins as a trivial disagreement blossoms into enduring conflict. Rivalries become feuds, then wars spanning generations. Hatred and hostility across history. Ancient quarrels seep into the stories and bones of neighboring clans. A king’s broken oath to his brother sparks centuries of animosity. As we spread into space, will the trend continue? Planetary pacts betrayed by one cause mistrust among millions. Treachery, tension, and tragedy. The lines between justice and revenge blur, and old wounds never truly heal. When is the time right for a truce flag, olive branch, or gesture of good faith? Leech the venom from your veins. A transfusion to replace toxicity with forgiveness, lest the infection spread to those around and after you. Will the sins of the past dictate the rhythms of the future, or can we break the cycle of bad blood?

This issue invites you to explore Bad Blood, whatever that means to you. Fantasy, contemporary, romance, crime. All genres are welcome.

Submissions close May 31st at 11:59 pm EST. Magazine only open to new writers.

May Prompt

Write a story involving Bad Blood, and a needle.

How could they have said what they said, did what they did? You were close, once, but no longer. You won’t apologize and neither will they. Do you turn aside and forget? No. Better to hold the grudge and bide your time…

What begins as a trivial disagreement blossoms into enduring conflict. Rivalries become feuds, then wars spanning generations. Hatred and hostility across history. Ancient quarrels seep into the stories and bones of neighboring clans. A king’s broken oath to his brother sparks centuries of animosity. As we spread into space, will the trend continue? Planetary pacts betrayed by one cause mistrust among millions. Treachery, tension, and tragedy. The lines between justice and revenge blur, and old wounds never truly heal. When is the time right for a truce flag, olive branch, or gesture of good faith? Leech the venom from your veins. A transfusion to replace toxicity with forgiveness, lest the infection spread to those around and after you. Will the sins of the past dictate the rhythms of the future, or can we break the cycle of bad blood?

This issue invites you to explore Bad Blood, whatever that means to you. Fantasy, contemporary, romance, crime. All genres are welcome.

Submissions close May 31st at 11:59 pm EST. Magazine only open to new writers.

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