Folk Tales – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is a flash fiction challenge which asks that we write a story in no more than 100 words from the photo prompt kindly provided by the host, Rochelle Wisoff Fields. To join in with the challenge, or find out more about it, just follow the link on the challenge title above.

Here is this week’s prompt, copyright Dawn Q. Landau . . .


and this is my story . . .

Local folk claimed these woods were enchanted; magical creatures played in their midst. Faye smiled at that. She’d frolicked amongst these trees since she was a child, had playmates aplenty. But could they be considered magical …?

Occasionally, she’d emerge to wave at passing trains but the passengers never seemed to notice her. Perhaps the billowing smoke from the steam engines hid her from view. So she’d drift back amongst the trees … until the next tooting whistle.

The stray dog had become her newest friend. He’d follow her for hours, provided she didn’t flap her wings too hard.

Word Count: 98

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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37 Responses to Folk Tales – Friday Fictioneers

  1. This was adorable. I loved it. Loved the ending!

  2. Sonya says:

    Enchanted indeed. At first I thought she might be a ghost… I should have paid attention to the title. I love the idea that the dog is scared of her wings flapping too hard 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      I considered making her a ghost but it didn’t fit when I wrote the first line with ‘magical’ in it. I also picked the name Faye deliberately because it means Fairy. I didn’t want to give things away too early by calling her Tinkerbelle! Haha. 🙂

  3. An enchanting tale! That little twist at the end(if it was intended so) about flapping her wings is lovely.

    • milliethom says:

      I intended the end to be a sort of revelation rather than a twist. I hope it worked because it can be tricky keeping the reality until the end. Readers are very astute – and good at guessing! Thank you for liking it Francesca. I appreciate your nice comments. 🙂

  4. pearlz says:

    Yes, I liked that short revelation as you describe it above. Writing challenges can often produce good beginnings to long pieces. Are you going to leave as it or develop a long piece.

    • milliethom says:

      I agree, I’ve written a few now that have triggered ideas for much longer works – even novels. I did one a few weeks ago called Druid Path which will probably become my next book – once I’ve finished my trilogy. Thank you for commenting, Pearlz. 🙂

  5. amommasview says:

    Brought a big smile on my face 🙂

  6. Margaret says:

    Great ending. You kept me wondering with the hint of magic, but I loved where you took it. A dog and a fairy! Delightful.

  7. The lightning struck the tallest tower, folks on the tour all were cowered, as the spirit of the stone emerged, the voices of the boldest surged, and startled the stone carved creature of fire, and he fell from the top of the smoking spyre, and he tumbled down the steepness of the peak. but broke apart before issuing anything more dire,than a throaty blast intended to inspire, this small group of people to perspire the sweat of fear and unease,but as this little ditty will show, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

  8. I felt her darting in and out of the woods even before I read the last line. Well done.

  9. draliman says:

    Sounds like the local folk are right! Faye the friendly fae 🙂

  10. Aww love the part where the dog followed her! How cute it is! 😉 I wonder if there is any dogs do the same to me 😛

  11. Well that was certainly fun!

  12. Taygibay says:

    Faërie forever ⭐ Tay.

  13. Sandra says:

    Lovely story; enjoyed that.

  14. I love the turn in the end.. it really made all sense 🙂

  15. I picked up that she was a fairy in the second paragraph. In case you’re wondering, that by no means ruined the end. I still smiled and said, “I’m so glad I read this.”

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, there are definite hints in the second paragraph. Tpough I’m not sure whether anyone noticed the reference to steam trains. I intended that to serve as a hint to her immortality – days long gone. We do still have a few, ‘charter’ steam engines/ trains running occasionally in the UK but, overall, we have moved on a little in these parts. Haha. I’m glad you still liked the end, Alicia. 🙂

  16. Dear Millie,

    An enchanting tale from beginning to end. I always loved fairy stories as a child. Sweet.



  17. i b arora says:

    a nice poetical post

  18. Norma says:

    Such an enchanting story. I was beginning to see Faye as a ghost but it was only in the end that I got to know she was a fairy.
    So many stories and experiences about humans and dogs but this read was with a new perspective fairy and dogs. I really enjoyed the story Millie.

    • milliethom says:

      I considered making her a ghost, but fairy fitted the description of the wood better. Yes … fairy and dogs has a nice sort of ring to it. Hehe. Many thanks for your kind words, Norma. 🙂

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