Copyright — Claire Fuller

Once again it’s time for the new Friday Fictioneers’ weekly story challenge. This weekly challenge is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt supplied for that week. The gracious hostess for this challenge is the talented author and artist Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The prompt this week is a photo supplied by Claire Fuller. Thanks Claire.

Genre: Β Humor/Fiction

Word Count: Β 100 Words


A tourist in the old capital of a small former kingdom in the country of Perdion happily snapped photos of a 13th century statue.

An elderly citizen stopped and remarked, “Good statue isn’t it.”

The tourist asked, “Was he a good king? The plaque reads ‘King Dragon VI’, but not more.”

The old man thought for several moments. “You could say so as he didn’t exist. King Dragon V died without any heirs and none of the eligible family members wanted the job. They wisely made up a king so surrounding kingdoms would leave them alone. A very useful king.


68 thoughts on “THE KING THAT WASN’T

  1. How creative πŸ™‚ I wish we could all bluff our way to avoid danger but sadly that’s not how life works. Ingenious story πŸ™‚


    • Thanks Camgal. It’s fiction of course. You couldn’t actually pull that off, especially in modern times with all the cell phone cameras and YouTube, ect. Thanks for the encouragement. I’m glad you liked the story. πŸ™‚ —Susan


  2. With all the tabloids and paparazzi hounding the royal family, I can see why no one wanted the job. They can’t even go potty without it being reported and photos of the toilet tissue after being used on their royal bottoms.


  3. Good fun, Susan, and a handy way to avoid conflict from without. Of course, it brings up questions about how conflicts within where settled, but that’s great fodder for another story. Always leave you audience wanting more. Nicely handled.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


    • Thanks Marie Gail. I’m glad you liked the story. That was a country run by committee so, for their own sakes, they didn’t dare disagree. They didn’t want to ruin a good thing. πŸ™‚ —Susan


    • Thanks Subroto. Thanks for the encouragement. It no doubt was more economical than supporting a king. Maybe they charged tourists to visit the castle and see the statue. They could just say the king wasn’t in residence at the time. πŸ™‚ —Susan


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