STORY OF THE WEEK: September 25

The story of the week for September 12 to 16 is…

Surrender by Gwendolyn Jacob

The most effective twists completely change the emotional tone of the story. Sometimes they walk the line between the initial emotion and the after-emotion and blend them together in amazing ways. That’s what this story has done. I love plumbing into its depths!


My chest pounded as I stared at the bed. There lay floral sheets, closed eyes, and my mother’s frail fingers still warm in my hand.

“Let go,” she had said.

“No,” I had told her.

When the fingers grew cold I heard her voice again. That’s when I let go.

Gwendolyn Jacob is rediscovering her fictional roots and has several works in progress.