Friday Fictioneers is short and sweet: one photo plus 100 words equals a complete story. As always, we are led by Rochelle. This week’s photo courtesy of Marie Gail Stratford.
Chaz lounged in his newly-acquired throne, entirely made of tiny ivory sticks, and watched his subjects clear the battle rubble from the room. One body left a deep red smear across the floor as a white-faced man dragged him out by his feet. Three women began scrubbing at the viscous pool. He looked up at the hulking beast that crouched behind his throne. Its yellow eyes followed the bodies out the door.
“Go on, then,” Chaz said and the beast rumbled away in the wake of the carrion. It’s good to be the Supreme Emperor, he thought with a grin.
I went a little abstract on this one with the chopsticks and Siracha, and less abstract with the idea of superiority.
Bonus story: a sci-fi short about a rebel alliance planning to rebel against a tyrant.
31 thoughts on “It’s Good to be King”
Is it wrong that after our Twitter banter last night, I have “I just can’t wait to be king” from The Lion King stuck in my head while reading this well written, grotesquely disturbing piece?
Nope, because it was stuck in my head, too. Not sure what that says about my sanity…
Sanity is overrated anyway.
I’ve got to try this at some point. Great little tale though 😀
Gory…not great. Though it was great. Stupid phones.
Thank you! It’s a fun thing to get the juices flowing if you’re ever having an off writing day.
If I ever…-Dies laughing and then sobs uncontrollably.- Never. Never happens to me. 😛
Wow, that blood red bottle in the picture really inspired you! Nice job.
And yet, weirdly, I now want Siracha…
Gory, chilling and really good 🙂
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading.
The vision of 3 women scrubbing at a pool of blood is kind of, well, icky! Nicely done.
Thank you! And scrubbing blood off a floor is never a pleasant job…they’d probably prefer privy duty.
So, does Sriracha go well on carrion too? 🙂 You can do all kinds of thing when you’re king.
Great take. Love the ivory stick throne.
Thank you! I couldn’t figure out how to allude to chopsticks without saying chopsticks. And then I started thinking about the Iron Throne from A Song of Ice and Fire.
Don’t know how George RR Martin would feel about a Chopstick Throne…
It really worked.
I rather liked the hulking beast behind the throne. That was a nice touch. Completely surreal.
Thank you! I wanted another hundred words for him!
Not a king you’d want to cross. I wonder if that hulking beast will ever turn on him?
Interesting thought! It’s entirely possible.
I want to know more about that hulking beast, I have a soft spot for troubled creatures. Good story.
I’m glad he intrigued you! If only I’d had more words!
Believe me, you have. They are just playing hide and seek with you. 😉
Had a good atmosphere to it, although I was lost. I guess surrealism is what it is, you know?
It was hard to craft a fantasy setting with a hint of the Orient in so few words, but I’m glad you liked the atmosphere!
My thing is, if you have to gamble, go for broke.
I don;’t know what that means necessarily, but it works for me! 😀
Hannah, Good description and creative way to bring in parts of the prompt. I personally don’t think I’d want a hulking beast running free in my castle–if I had one. I’m glad I read this story after lunch and not before. Well written. 🙂 —Susan
I’m glad it didn’t put you off your lunch! Thanks for reading—glad you enjoyed it.
good and gory! 🙂 loved the yellow-eyed beast behind the ivory throne.
Thank you! I wish I’d left some more words to do him justice.