The Three Bears – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
This week’s delightful photo by Karuna took me straight to the happy world of Fairy Tales.
Well, what do you want me to say?
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture, below.

© Karuna

Click here to hear this 1-minute story read aloud by the writer:
The Three Bears

Once upon a time there were three bears
Life was good, and food was bountiful.
There was a Daddy Bear
The streams ran fast and clean.
We caught salmon.
There was a Mummy Bear
The forest was lush.
We ate fruit and berries.
There was a Baby Bear
The air was fresh.
We lazed in the sunshine.

Then the men came.
They dammed the streams.
Someone has eaten my porridge
They cut down the trees.
Someone has broken my chair
Their dogs ran through the forest, terrorising the animals.
Then they brought guns.
And they all lived happily ever after

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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56 Responses to The Three Bears – Friday Fictioneers

  1. subroto says:

    Wonderful take on the prompt. And an environmental message with it too.

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  2. Indira says:

    Nicely written. I wish it will be always ‘ live happily ever after.’

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  3. granonine says:

    I am duly impressed. Love your creativity.

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  4. Dale says:

    What everyone said 🙂
    I hate being repetitive so I shall say,you’ve been missed in FF-Land!

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  5. Michael Wynn says:

    Great construction and language, a pleasure to read

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  6. what a well-woven tale. Thanks for giving us something totally different!

    Cast Aside – a very short story

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  7. liz young says:

    Wow – just wow! Brilliant.

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  8. emmylgant says:

    Super!
    Great construction and balance between two worlds–and yet!–
    A wellcrafted weave. One of your very best.

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  9. Kat Myrman says:

    I love what you did here. Very clever. And a poignant story.

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  10. What an awesome take on an old story. Thanks. :o)

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  11. Leaking Ink says:

    This one reads to the soul

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  12. Talking about environmental degradation in a very ingenious manner.

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  13. That just about sums up all too many people’s crass attitude to nature, underlined perfectly with your last line. Excellent to see you returned to FF this week. You’ve been missed.

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  14. Dear CE,

    Stinging commentary sandwiched between fluffy slices of fairy tale. Clever, touching and infuriatingly wonderful. I’ve missed you, sir.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  15. rgayer55 says:

    The evolution of man and destruction of nature, neatly bundled and with a bow. Well done.

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  16. James says:

    The right to arm bears…an oldie but a goodie.

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  17. neilmacdon says:

    Clever., so clever

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  18. jellico84 says:

    Very strongly put, Cee! A great twist on an old tale. A children’s story lesson for adults. Loved it! But I daresay us poor little bears are not living ‘happily ever after’. Man is killing too many of us.

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  19. Lynn Love says:

    Oh, you clever, clever man! Weaving the three bears in with an environemental message – really very impressive. Beautifully written and pitch perfect

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  20. pennygadd51 says:

    Good little tale!

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  21. michael1148humphris says:

    I enjoyed how you interwove the two differing life styles.

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  22. fictionspawn says:

    Great way to use an old tale to say a lot. Well written.

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  23. Mandie Hines says:

    That was a twisted little tale, C.E.. The weaving in of the fairy tale was quite poignant.

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