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.
Word Count: 100 Words
THE KING THAT WASN’T by P.S. Joshi
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.