Snowy Heights – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant stay warm in winter
His big ears and his trunk soon get cold
He has four great gloves
And a big scarf that he loves
Do you think maybe he is just getting old

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Queen of the Mountains Rochelle organises a winter wonderland of wondrous wordsmiths to form fantastically frosty fables.
And AnElephant is on the downhill.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

Copyright Janet Webb

Copyright Janet Webb

Snowy Heights

When we reach the snowy heights, our mountain men are invaluable.
It seems they can fashion walking skis or snow shoes from two toothpicks and some string.
We go where The Invaders cannot follow.
Although we wish they would.
We have explosives, we can start an avalanche if threatened.
We have our long guns, so we hunt, and we are taught where to find roots and berries.
Life is tranquil, if cold.
We work hard, on fitness, on ideas and on tactics.
Then we hear they will start executing villagers.
Unless our leader returns to face a charge of murder.

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21 Responses to Snowy Heights – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Vinitha says:

    Nice story! 🙂


  2. Being a partisan has drawbacks and the rulers always have ways of working out surrender


  3. Glynis says:

    Hard choices made in harsh conditions, but that’s the way of revolution. Excellent story.


  4. The tough choices of a leader! I would love to read how he or she gets out of this one or if she does at all.


  5. A tough call for the group and the leader. A tense little story.


  6. Rajlakshmi says:

    ohh loved the effect the ending line leaves. Beautifully narrated.


  7. Margaret says:

    They’re true heroes. How will they solve this dilemma? Great mood and atmosphere in this story.


  8. Nan Falkner says:

    Jeepers AnElephantCant, You are awesome – great story of impending doom. Fun and well thought out. Nan 🙂


  9. Lyn says:

    As always, Anelephantcan’t, proves that he most certainly can, and does, write excellent flash fiction!


  10. JED says:

    A tale to chill you to the bone. AnElephant has entertained me yet again.


  11. Elephant,
    This sounds like a common theme in history, refugees taking to the hills, leaving invaders to take out their wrath on the villages of the plain. I thought of the Kurds against ISIS, actually. That’s a dilemma for the leader.


  12. Ah those invaders, always the innocent who suffer. Well told


  13. this is a smoothly written tale of promised revenge.


  14. storydivamg says:

    Interesting story, Elephant. Nice bit of tension and intrigue there at the end.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  15. Nice story, I am amazed to what places your imagination led you this week.


  16. Al says:

    Very good story as always.


  17. emmylgant says:

    Ooh! Ooh!
    Stand alone tale yet makes me want to get to the bottom of the story.
    AnElephant sure knows how to intrigue.


  18. Tanveer Rauf says:

    very interesting story


  19. Adam Ickes says:

    So they’re going to murder people if he doesn’t step up and take the blame for murder? Human logic baffles me sometimes. Good story. Poor villagers.


  20. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear AEC,

    The villagers always suffer in times like you describe. The price of freedom is high. Very good story this week.




  21. Dear Elephant,

    Sounds like this group is between an iceberg and a snowy hard place. Although it seems the choice is clear. Well written.




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