Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
When I saw Al’s photo today I started to sing, quite badly, that old Vera Lynn favourite ‘Girls just want to have fun’.
Or maybe that was someone else, and the Great Dame warbled about bluebirds and things.
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Click on this to hear me read the story.
The siege is long and wearisome with too many deaths on each side.
The general looks disbelievingly at the strange little man who says he can get him into the city.
I am a magician, he says, and I am expensive.
Deliver the fortress, says the general, and I will pay your fees.
So he charms the princess in the great tower, but of course is an unwelcome suitor.
He gives her a magic mirror through which he can enter her chamber from the forest below.
He tells the general all is prepared.
He is thrust aside unpaid and the troops pour through.
Anticipating treachery, he has told the princess to turn the mirror.
The attackers plummet into the moat far below.
Soldiers charge from the gates and rout the remainder of the general’s men.
And the magician?
Well, that is me, of course.
I am rewarded with the only thing I ever craved.
The hand of my beloved princess.