Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#FridayFictioneers – 5/7/13 – Escape

with 13 comments

Every Wednesday Rochelle Wisoff-Fields publishes a photo prompt to stimulate and inspire writers to write 100-words of flash fiction or poetry. The Friday Fictioneers then post their stories.

Visit Rochelle’s site for more details of how to join in, and read other stories inspired by the prompt by clicking on the blue guy.


This week, I looked at the photo on Wednesday, I looked on Thursday, I asked for hubby’s ideas on Friday. Nothing fired in my brain until half way through Friday night. I have no idea where this came from: it’s a bit of a departure (I think) from my usual. Critical comments welcomed!

Thanks to David Stewart for the muse-baffling photo.


Copyright - David Stewart

Copyright – David Stewart


Escape (100 words; Genre: Historical fiction/ Fantasy)

‘What do you see?’ Simon asked the lookout.

‘The city is burned.’

‘And the castle?’

‘Stands behind its walls.’

‘Good. The royal family is safe.’

Simon sat, awaiting the youngster’s descent.

They had fortified for months. The castle was stocked with water and food, guarded by the king’s personal security. The family would survive; their people would die, in a battle begun because the princess refused to marry as the council dictated.

By leaving the castle to fight, Simon had demonstrated his loyalty, just as surely as he’d undermined the walls. His people would not die for a princess’s vanity.



Written by Sarah Ann

July 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

13 Responses

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  1. Or the pride of a prince.


    July 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  2. Sneaky, subtle Simon says the walls will come a’tumblin’ down.



    July 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

  3. Simon is not all that it seems, it seems. 🙂


    July 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    • I don’t know much about Simon. His character developed as I wrote. I think he’s done the right thing. At least he thinks so. Let’s hope he’s right.

      Sarah Ann

      July 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  4. Dear Sarah,

    Some stories come easy and some take work. Yours was worth the wait.




    July 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

  5. hmmm underneath it all, Simon sounds like a real hero to me 🙂 it’s a muse-baffling photo but what you came up with is really awesome 🙂


    July 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    • I not sure Simon’s a hero, but he is trying to do what he thinks is right. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      July 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

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