© A Mixed Bag 2011 Photo Copyright: Al Forbes

This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–July 2nd, 2017. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt taken by him or sent in 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 taken by Al Forbes himself. Thanks, Al.

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 Medieval times dragons were more plentiful. One was given to Princess Milicent as a gift by a wealthy old merchant who secretly loved her.

He thought himself brave as he’d captured the animal himself in the mountains south of the town. He didn’t realize this was no ordinary dragon. It was a prince from another kingdom who had been transformed by a magician because the prince wanted to be close to the fair lady.

“Oh my beautiful dragon,” said Milicent as she stroked the dragon’s scaly purple head. You are so gentle. I always thought your kind were fierce and dangerous.”

One day as the princess walked in the garden the old merchant hurried to her.

“Princess I have asked your father the king for your hand and he has agreed as the Kingdom needs money and no other suitor is available.”

The dragon turned, breathed fire toward the merchant who fell back into the roses, then transformed into a handsome prince. He walked straight to the king’s throne and asked for the princess’s hand in marriage. The king gladly accepted and a large wedding soon took place. The young couple filled with joy were happily married many years.

















Coffee shop window

Photo Copyright: Jean L Hays

Here we are another week. This time, we’ve gathered in a virtual city cafe. Our hostess this week, and every week, for this gathering is the gracious and talented artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers, and our challenge this week, and every week is to each write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt provided for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Jean L. Hays. Thanks, Jean.

Since Rochelle is still on vacation, this is a repeat picture prompt. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2016.

To read the other stories from group members, first click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box. The link for the other stories this week is as follows:

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words


It hasn’t changed much, this aging cafe. There are still two entrances: one from the lobby below the exit of the Chicago “L”; one from the street.

It gets arctic here so there are sheltered exits and entrances. Coming into the cozy cafe is a treat before heading out into the buffeting wind, chilling despite a thick, head-to-foot, layered wrap.

I remember this as the place we first met. It transformed my life. I’d been a self-centered student, caring little for others.

I’ve just come from your funeral my beloved husband and can’t yet go to an empty house.




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