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Your Story 46: The Winners

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story incorporating these three words: fresh, hair and tangled.

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story incorporating these three words: fresh, hair and tangled.

Thanks to everyone who voted on WD’s Your Story #46! Here are the results. The winning entries, in ranking order, are as follows:

1. With last night’s fight still fresh in her mind, she awoke with everything tangled – her hair, her thoughts, and her emotions. (Kathleen Karp)

2. The blood was still fresh, and the only clue Detective Brennan had was a strand of auburn hair found tangled around Jesse’s wedding ring. (Wanda Kiernan)

3. The fresh batch of human stew didn’t please the witches because the hair kept getting tangled in their teeth. (Kara Alere)

4. The body swung from the boat, its long blonde hair tangled in the propeller as the scent of fresh blood drew the sharks. (Judy Anderson)

5. She could smell the fresh snow of one more winter as another prince tangled his coarse, bloody hands in the golden ladder of her hair. (Melinda McCamant)

6. It was the same old tangled mess, but with a fresh twist: she found my hair in her best friend’s shower. (Charles Sanderson)

7. Getting my hair tangled in the thorns as I fell headlong into a ditch gave me a fresh perspective as to the meaning of pain. (Thomas Bruce)

8. Our remote island vacation took a fresh turn when I found that my daughter had just combed out the tangled hair of a headhunter’s skull. (Jeff Raudebaugh)

9. My plate was full of fresh spaghetti and sauce that reminded me of the bloody mass of tangled hair rotting in my bathtub. (Devorah Reiss)

10. Sissy remembered when she first put fresh skunk scent on her tangled hair to keep her incestuous father at bay. (Anna Unkovich)

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