Nighttime Adventure – FFfAW

Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a writing challenge hosted by Priceless Joy. It involves writing a piece of fiction from the given photo prompt in around 75-150 words – give or take 25 words. If you’d like to join in with the challenge, follow the above link to see what to do. The challenge runs from Tuesday to Tuesday every week.

Here is this week’s prompt, kindly provided by Joy Pixley. Thank you, Joy!


And this is my story:

Nighttime Adventure

Urging him to silence, Edeline clasped Robert’s small hand as they crept down the dimly-lit stairs. It had been easy to persuade the boy to join her on a nighttime adventure. Even little princes loved adventures.

She smiled to herself, imagining Jerald’s face when he realised his son was gone. She’d been careful with her plans, so no one could have guessed. And tonight, when they snored like hogs after too much banqueting wine, those plans would be fulfilled.

‘See, our transport awaits,’ she said, as they left the palace grounds. Excited, Robert sped ahead… just as King Jerald stepped out of the carriage and guards seized Edeline’s arms.

‘No sister, you will not be holding my son to ransom! I’ve known of your lover’s desire for my throne for some time and I’ve paid trusted retainers to become my eyes and ears. Besides, Robert chatters incessantly to our loyal old nurse…

‘Enjoy your adventure in my dungeon with your lover,’ he added, hoisting Robert onto his shoulders. ‘The rats will keep you company’.

Word Count: 174


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63 thoughts on “Nighttime Adventure – FFfAW

    1. Hi Michael. Yes, even the very best laid plans can go awry! Hope you’re enjoying a lovely spring over there. Autumn is just creeping up on us in my part of the world. 😃

      1. Absolutely agree! Life is just too precious to miss a single moment of it. Your spring morning sounds wonderful. We’ve been having a few misty-moisty ones here, which brighten up into lovely warm, autumnal days. All the seasons are amazing. 😃

    1. Thanks, Joy. Yes, I wanted to show family intrigue and betrayal in this one, for some strange reason. That staircase made me think of betrayal and/ or escape. It’s a great photo, and it lends itself to so many different stories. I read your note about the tower earlier. What a fantastic place to visit!.
      It’s almost 11.30 here now, so I’ll be reading your story and a few others tomorrow. 😃

      1. Thanks, Joy. Many of my stories tend to veer towards the historical, even though I set out intending to write something contemporary. I’ll try to write something more ‘modern’ next time. 🙂

    1. Thanks Ali! Yes, having had six of the little tykes, I know a thing or two about what they think is ‘fun’. 🙂 Mind You, I was also a kid myself in a far distant lifetime. 🙂

    1. It’s a great picture, and Joy’s a great writer! The picture lends itself to so many possible stories. I actually wrote two, quite different stories for this prompt, but went for this one in the end. I might post the other next week when I’m on holiday in Iceland. 🙂 Thank you, Antonia.

    1. So many dastardly deeds can happen in an old castle. Intrigue seems to ooze from the cold, stone walls. Lol Thank you so much Cybele. Yes, I think there could be a lot of backstory to this scene, as well a continuation of it. I wish I had time to write it! 🙂

    1. Thanks you! I don’t know about ‘perfect’ but the prompt of all those stairs immediately made me think of some kind of escape or sneaking out. Funny how we work on our initial ideas. 🙂

    1. Thanks Amanda. I couldn’t let them kidnap the little prince. Lol. This scene strikes me as one that could come into the middle of a longer story. There really should be some story leading up to it, and a continuation to see how things play out.

      1. You never know, I might just get round to writing it – if I ever finish my trilogy!
        I’ll try to pop over to see your Monday’s Mystery Photo as soon as I can, Amanda. It’s getting late here now and I’ve spent all night just responding to comments. I didn’t take my laptop to Iceland because I knew I wouldn’t have time to sit and blog. We only had a few days there, which wasn’t enough to see everything we would have liked. Like you, I’d love to go back sometime.

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