A Fairy Tale – Sunday Photo Fiction

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 the picture (below).
This week’s
charming photo is provided by Eric Wicklund, and took me to a Happy Land where elves, fairies and Hobbits dance in joyful harmony.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and to see what others have written.

© Eric Wicklund

Click here to hear the author read his story:

A Fairy Tale

I drag the Princess through the Forbidden Forest.
She is already exhausted and, of course, terrified.
Her eyes reflect the horrors she has seen tonight.
When the gremlins infiltrated our security, I knew the Enchanted Castle was doomed.
The protective Ring of Magic crumbled, and hell’s fury was unleashed.
The Black Wizards on their Death Dragons swooped over the walls, their spell-strengthened scimitars slaughtering everyone before them.
The Mountain Giants crashed through the gates, eager to gorge themselves on human flesh.
The Grey Goblins with their two-headed axes hacked their way to the inner sanctum.
I saved the Princess by slaying Grue-Ghast, their king, but my Sword of Honour, forged by the Fairies of Doon, melted in his foul carcass.
We escaped through the secret passage, but the Great River is impassable here, swarming with alligators awaiting their rewards.
The trees offer some protection, but the Red Dogs are on our trail.
Ahead of us lies the Old Bridge, we can cross there into Sanctuary, where evil cannot follow.
Because Hunting Dragons soar overhead, we need to go underneath, where the Terrible Troll lives.
My last hope evaporates when I hear his words.
‘Look, children, dinner has arrived.’

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11 Responses to A Fairy Tale – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Such a fast paced story. YOu paint a very impressive picture CE. Great story


  2. mandibelle16 says:

    This is great, like an entire fantasy novel/fairytale in 200 words. Sounds like they have many evil creatures against them & I’m hoping there is someway for the Prince &Princess to slay the troll family. Maybe she could stop being so passive and help the Prince fight too? Fascinating story I’d love to find out what’s next . . . Unless they get eaten. 😊🎄 Hugs CE.


  3. Amazing story, C.E. Such wonderful description. I have a feeling the hero will still find a way out. I’m an optimist. Great writing. 🙂 — Suzanne


  4. Such amazing stuff! Loved it. You actually wrote and entire fantasy trilogy in less than 200 words. Hats off!


  5. michael1148humphris says:

    A great story to read by a peat fire in Ireland


  6. EagleAye says:

    Wow! Such a fabulous scene. I’m amazed you could describe this pitched battle in such great detail in so few words. My imagination was racing. Brilliant writing!


  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Delightfully dark step into fantasy.


  8. Yep, those are hope evaporating words alright.


  9. Sheena says:

    I look forward to reading about their heroic escape.


  10. A tasty end to your exciting tale! Delightful.

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  11. James says:

    So close and yet not close enough. That was a lot of adventure crammed into 200 words. Sorry they didn’t make it.


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