A ‘Ta-Da’ Moment by Sandra Crook, winner of the Hysteria 2016 Short Story category

A ‘Ta-Da’ Moment by Sandra Crook, winner of the Hysteria 2016 Short Story category

“You were never really on board with the plan, were you?” Ruth is nothing if not direct.  My daughter-in-law and I haven’t enjoyed a close relationship, but there’s always been a healthy respect between us, and we cut each other a lot of slack.  She is, as usual, correct in her assumption.

Sea change by Sharon Telfer, winner of the Hysteria 2016 flash fiction category

Sea change by Sharon Telfer, winner of the Hysteria 2016 flash fiction category

My heart sank. I watched it go. It fought hard to keep afloat. I took my boathook, knocked back its jellyfish pulses. I had to make sure. Cracked, it bubbled silver as it dropped, an aspirin fizz then one toxic gulp like mercury breaking from a thermometer. It stopped struggling after that, twisted, turned in…