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.
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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.’