Photo Copyright: Sally-Ann Hodgekiss

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–May 14th, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or donated by one of the participants in the group of writers. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words, not including the title and inspired by the prompt. This week’s prompt was donated by Sally-Ann Hodgekiss. Thanks, Sally-Ann.

To read the other stories written by group members, just click on the link below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Word Count: 200 Words


In Rome in the Middle Ages a man named Rodolfo lived in the heart of the city not far from a large fountain. He was a powerfully-built man, proud of his muscles.

One hot day an old bent peddler pulled his cart down Rodolfo’s street. Noticing the well-built young man he stopped in front of him.

“Signor,” he whispered, leaning close, “I have something you might like.”

He reached under a cloth in the middle of the cart and pulled out a brass lamp. It needed polishing but was in perfect condition despite its ancient appearance.

Rodolfo studied it and decided he must have it.

“How much do you want for it old man? I’ve just finished carving some furniture for a client and may be able to afford it if you don’t overcharge.”

They haggled and Rodolfo paid.

As the old man hobbled off he said, “It’ll grant wishes but be careful what you ask for.”

Rodolfo just laughed. “You’re crazy old man.”

He took his purchase inside and started to clean it. In jest he said to the lamp, “I want to be famous in all Rome.”

The next morning there was a new figure on the fountain.”











  1. Great story Suzanne. It reminds me of when I used to run a Dungeons & Dragons game many years ago. One of the players had a ring of wishing, and they were taking refugees across country. There was five hundred of the refugees but only food to feed a hundred at most. The wish they used was “I wish we had enough food for all the refugees that is easily transportable,” So all this food appeared everywhere, and all the refugees vanished and then reappeared in these metal wire frames on small wheels with the runes for “Walmart” on the handles (shopping trolleys) I always had fun with them when they used wishes because I gave them exactly what they wanted, like the man in your story. Just not the way he meant. He got his wish though.

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  2. Thanks, Al. I’m happy you enjoyed the story. Yes, my character got exactly what he wished for but certainly not in the way he wanted. My son used to play Dungeons & Dragons with his friends. It sounds like an interesting game. 🙂 — Suzanne


  3. Haha definintly not being careful what he wished for. Should have been specific I guessed or thought of more than his fame or muscles. Reminds me of certain guys at the gym. Great writing Suzanne 🙂

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