New flash fiction over at

Phil Ambler has taken over the Friday Prediction from Lily Childs and I am thrilled to have my little slice chosen as the winning entry for the inaugural ‘issue’ in the Prediction’s new home.

Rules – 100 words max flash fiction or poetry using the following words – cockle, shake, Lily.  Deadline is 9pm UK time on Thursday 24th  May 2012.


By Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw


Finely-crafted links of spun gold comprised the chain… blood onyx nestled in the hollow of her throat.  As I watched, the glittering links began to shrink, drawing the chain tight around slender neck.  Elizabeth began to shake, collapsing back onto her bed.

Smiling, though there was no warmth or humour present… I loosened my fist.

The chain slackened…

“‘Twas that shaman, Lily… wasn’t it… her bewitchery is behind this?  Daughter, your treachery will not pass unpunished!”

Picking a cockle from the dish, I turned to her…

“The sweet is most welcome, your Majesty.”

Small curtsey.

Tightening my fist once more…


© 2012 – Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw.  All Rights Reserved.

About VeronicaThePajamaThief

Bio: Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw Born in Lisboa, Portugal to parents of Portuguese/Russian descent, Veronica Marie and her wife, Christina Anne, call the Pacific Northwest home, where the couple are “still very much on honeymoon!” When not teaching and finishing her own studies for a Masters in Sociology, Veronica writes fiction, primarily noir - "I love dark!". Her long fascination with noir fiction prompted Veronica to try her own hand at writing fiction several years ago. She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, The Lost Children: A Charity Anthology, the horror anthology 100 Horrors, from Cruentus Libri Press, Nightfalls: an End of the World anthology, Drunk On The Moon 2: A Roman Dalton anthology and Gloves Off: Near To the Knuckle's debut anthology. Veronica has also appeared in the inaugural issue of Literary Orphans magazine and her horror/urban fantasy short story SOUL TAKER was recently chosen for inclusion in Lily Childs' february femmes fatales, an urban fantasy/horror anthology. Veronica counts among her mentors - Carole A Parker, Lily Childs, Paul D Brazill, Richard Godwin, Joyce Juzwik and Vicki Abelson. She is currently working on the third draft of her first novel – a memoir – as well the second draft of her first fiction novel, a fantasy novel and the publication of a collection of her flash fiction and short stories. Lily's The Feardom and Vicki Abelson's Women Who Write Facebook writing group have both been a tremendous source of support and inspiration for Veronica. Veronica’s writings can be found at and, and
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  1. susielindau says:

    This is such a great piece! Congrats on your well deserved win!

    • Thank you, Susie! I was quite thrilled at winning. There are some much more accomplished writers than I who participate in the weekly challenges. It really made my day!

      Thank you so much for reading my piece. 🙂

    • I have to give some credit to Sandra Byrd. I was reading her new book, THE SECRET KEEPER (reviewing it for Howard Books) and there was a passage describing some of the queen’s jewelry. Next thing I knew… I had written this. 🙂

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