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Who’s afraid?

June 11, 2022

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s story challenge.

June 6, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that features stone-stacking. How does the activity fit into a story? Who is involved? What is the tone? Do the stones have special meaning? Go where the prompt leads!

Who’s afraid?

An armchair historian, I sit with others like myself at Porkey’s eating Danish, sipping coffee, and remembering the invasion of Boarsville.

The invader, a shaggy beast, filled his mammoth lungs and blew Boarsvillian houses made of sticks and straw to dust and ate the inhabitants.

Three survivors huddled in the last house in Boarsville. A sturdy house of brick and stones that was impervious to the invader’s powerful breath.

Exhausted and breathless, the invader took one last breath, wheezed, and dropped to the ground. The survivors poked him with a stick, then summarily skinned, seasoned, cooked and ate him.


(With thanks to James Halliwell-Phillips)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2022 9:44 am

    Uffda! This is no nursery tale. This is savage!


  2. June 11, 2022 10:04 am

    Grandpa tells the three little pigs a bedtime story… 🐷😱


  3. June 17, 2022 7:30 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fractured tale with its grim ending.


  4. June 22, 2022 5:26 am

    Who’s afraid? I’m afraid! Very afraid!



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