This is my story for Friday Fictioneers this week. It’s a weekly challenge to tell a story in 100 words with a beginning, middle, and end. It is to follow the picture prompt provided for that week. It’s hosted by the talented and gracious author and researcher, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. This week’s photo prompt is provided by John Nixon. Thanks, John.
The Wizard’s Curse by P.S. Joshi
In ancient times there lived a powerful and cruel ruler, feared by everyone.
One day he saw a beautiful maiden in the village and fell deeply in love. He decided to ask for her hand in marriage. However, when he proposed, she refused him. Furious, he called his wizard and demanded she be cursed.
What he didn’t know was that the wizard had secretly married, and this girl was his daughter.
“Daughter,” said the wizard, “I will hide you and curse a tree to wither, saying it is you.”