This is for week sixty-one of the flash fiction challenge by Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, check out their blog and join in or read others’ posts and be inspired.
Bringing it back from a prompt in April, something about this picture made me think of weddings and fairy tales. Check out my flash fiction piece where the prince doesn’t quite follow the protocol of finding his princess. If you want to join in the challenge for the current’s week prompt, check out it out here!
Read mine below and feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy!
TROUBLE IN PARADISE (158 words)
Prince Bertrand sat on the palace steps, a slipper in hand and a fleeing maiden disappearing into the darkness. Next, he’d find her, the shoe would fit, and they’d be married—or so the fairy tales went. But he’d felt no spark. Bertrand didn’t want to marry her. His father would be disappointed. What was new?
“Trouble in paradise, your highness?”
Behind Bertrand, a woman in a navy gown sat on a bench in the shadows. He recognized her from the string quartet.
“It’d have to be paradise for there to be trouble.”
The woman chuckled. The sound warmed Bertrand’s insides. They spoke for some time until dawn threatened the night away.
“I should go.”
But he didn’t want her to.
“I must see you again.”
The woman eyed him wearily. “Fine. I play in the village’s pub tomorrow night. If you’re serious.” Then she said goodbye and left.
Bertrand never felt this way before—he’d be there.
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