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Escape Pod Flash Fiction Contest, Honorable Mention: The Way Before

By Anna Schwind
Read by Ann Leckie

When Chasca turned eleven, her father took her to a ship farm, to choose her vessel.  She stood on the observation deck, evaluating the herd.  Chasca selected the farthest ship.  It faced away from the others and bumped the edges of the corral.  She understood. 

Rated  G.

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  1. Dylan says:

    I really liked this story. It’s the perfect structure and gives plot points only when necessary. Proof that great stories can be told in very little words.

  2. John says:

    I really enjoyed this story, i got that rare feeling of apifany(sp) after it was over and i realized

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    that the daughter WAS the wife.

  3. scatterbrain says:

    Sounds like it needs a bongo playing in the background the way its written and read…

  4. Steve says:

    It’s not that I’m not a fan of short fiction, it’s that I rarely hear a good one. Short fiction is probably one of the hardest things to write. It is no surprise then that this one falls short as well. It started out well but quickly nose-dived.

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  6. Brandy says:

    thanks anna!