Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose and poetry

Friday Fictioneers — Troll

Frost on a stump. Sandra Crook.

The girl stepped out from behind a beech tree, her hair a crest of gold. ‘Over that bridge lies forever-winter.’ Icy breath twirled out of her mouth, although she stood in the sunshine. She pointed towards a frosted glade full of broken stalks, clumped grass, and bedraggled seed-heads, all glazed with frost.

‘It’s in the shade, that’s all,’ I said.

‘I dare you to touch that stump in the middle.’

I crossed the stream and crunched over the white, sure I was heading towards the gnarled remains of an ancient alder tree, until it winked, yawned, and swallowed me whole.


Friday Fictioneers: 100 words stories
Photo Prompt: image (c) Sandra Crook

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28 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — Troll

  1. Oooh, love this. How enchanting πŸ™‚

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  2. That stump had a mind of its own! Great twist at the end πŸ™‚

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  3. Dale on said:

    Wonderful! To think this story came out of you as a result of the image! Wow!

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    • Thank you, so much, Dale:-)
      Images are superb triggers for stories. This used to get me into trouble at school, as I’d see a picture in a textbook and then sit there scribbling a fictional story in class, instead of concentrating on the actual lesson.
      Why don’t you have a go with Friday Fictioneers one week? You remember I said the same thing about you writing a haiku? And look how splendid you’ve proved to be with that. So why not write a 100-word story from a picture prompt? It’s great fun. If you want to find out how you can join in, click on the link beneath my story.

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  4. Love this! Not sure if I’m going somewhere wonderful, somewhere terrible.
    Magic stuff

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  5. Well, it does sound like a quite friendly stump, if it winked. I’m so glad it swallowed you whole, instead of biting off your head. πŸ™‚

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  6. Loved this – in awe πŸ™‚

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  7. And I thought that old stump was quite friendly…at first! Yikes o_O Love your imagination and flash fiction Sarah…a disturbing story and I love it πŸ˜€ Have a wonderful Mothering Sunday…I’ve got my boys home this weekend so will be absent from blogging, but will catch up very soon πŸ™‚ xxxxx

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    • Cross old stump, he is. Hope he didn’t frighten you too much. I’d hate to give you nightmares, Sherri.
      Wishing you a wonderful Mothering Sunday and catch up with you next week πŸ™‚ xxxxx

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      • No nightmares…yet, haha πŸ˜€ Ahhh…thanks so much dear Sarah, had a wonderful day indeed and hope you did too, and yes, will catch up and reply to your lovely email as soon as I can! Meanwhile, wishing you a productive, fulfilling and steady week ahead πŸ™‚ xxxxxx


  8. I loved this story – such an original take on it. Too bad she got swallowed but apparently he must have burped her out because she is alive to tell the story. πŸ™‚ Or maybe she’s a ghost telling the story.

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  9. Oh and once swallowed I wonder where you ended up!! Great tale Sarah! love the ending or is it a beginning of another!!

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  10. That’s the thing about alder trees; they all seem pretty friendly at first. Surprise at the end there.

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  11. surprise ending, great

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  12. Dear Sarah,

    Quite a disturbing twist at the end. Just shows you need to be careful who you follow. πŸ˜‰ Cute story.



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    • Dear Rochelle,
      Your comment about being careful who you follow, brings to mind the story of the pied piper. I remember as a child thinking how very silly those children were following him. Easy to say that when you know the outcome in a book, but not so easy to override curiosity in real life!
      All best wishes πŸ™‚

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  13. That was a scary end.. almost like i feel the stump burping afterwards..

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