Because It Is My Blood Flash-Fiction: Day 3

Anya Balanchine is the daughter of New York’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss. So it doesn’t really make sense that she should fall for the D.A.’s son Win. Their relationship becomes even more complicated when he gets shot—and it’s sorta kinda Anya’s fault. But the heart wants what the heart wants, and despite it all, she still has feelings for Win—secretly of course.

Inspired by Anya and her secrets, we’re hosting a weeklong flash-fiction contest! Each day we’ll be giving you a new secret. Your challenge: In 150 words or fewer, write a short scene about the secret.

You have 24 hours to enter a story in response to the prompt. You can enter one story for each day’s prompt. (If you respond to multiple prompts over the course of the challenge, those stories do not have to be related.)

The Figment editors will choose the 10 best entries from the entire week and send them to Gabrielle, who will choose one grand-prize winner. The grand-prize winner will receive an e-reader loaded with the first two books in The Birthright series (All These Things I’ve Done and Because It Is My Blood). Five daily winners will each receive a signed copy of Because It Is My Blood.

Thursday’s Prompt (9/27)In 150 words or fewer, write a scene about the secret:You’re dating someone you’ve been forbidden to even be in the same room with. Tag your story MyBloodFlash and BloodFlash3.

Read the full instructions below, and get writing!

1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on
3. Start a new writing of 150 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with MyBloodFlash on the Details tab. Tag your writing BloodFlash3.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

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