The Stake – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant play with fire
That is one thing he long ago learnt
His Mummy always says
Stay away from the blaze
Or you will get your nice trunk badly burnt

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
With Rochelle as a great beacon in the darkness, superior scribes spark sensational stories.
And AnElephant once again attempts to rise from the ashes.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Stake

She always thought she was better than us.
So supercilious, so condescending.
Her name was Joan Dark, so of course we burned her at the stake.
Man, could she scream.
Not just foul words, but vile curses.
Danny hanged himself only three weeks later, lost his mind.
Then Hughie walked off the bridge.
It is a long way down.
He was practically a skeleton by then.
That just leaves me.
The nightmares are awful, but when I waken her screams still fill my head.
I put the pistol in my mouth.
And the screaming stops.
I hear her triumphal laughter.

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21 Responses to The Stake – Friday Fictioneers

  1. BrainRants says:

    Because the only thing that burns better than witches… are more witches.


  2. Wow, chilling stuff! Well done.


  3. shanx says:

    oh my, a good one! Very well written.


  4. Really well written. A mini-horror story in 100 words. Wonderfully dark!


  5. Elephant, Dark but well written. Never burn someone who knows curses. O_0 Creepy. Well done. 🙂 —Susan


  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Elephant you are so cool
    And, I am no fool
    But I am laughing so hard
    That I dropped my dance card

    In that darn fire!

    My stupid attempt at poetry – I love yours! Nan 🙂


  7. emmylgant says:

    AnElephantCan write quick
    Stories that make me shudder.
    This one is more awfuller
    ‘Cause it’s witchcraft
    T’is very scary magic
    Brrr! This tale is deathly daft.


  8. Such a powerful woman, that Joan. An amazing story in so few words!


  9. Yikes! Be careful who you burn. Very well told story in 100 words.


  10. Oh my, the darkness at the edge of the mind slowly overflows. Loved it.


  11. wmqcolby says:

    Whoa. Dark today with a chance of no moon. Perfect. Good job, Elephant!


  12. Dee says:

    Dear Elephant this is such a dark and sombre tale and you have written it beautifully.
    Well done


  13. Dark tale and a great read


  14. Al says:

    Yeowch!! That was nice and gruesome and dark. Excellent.


  15. Dear Elephant,

    Oh so dark, but oh so well written.




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