Once Upon a Time…


…there was a beautiful princess who was to be married to an evil imperialist to seal the annexation of the island kingdom, part of the imperialists’ manifest destiny.

But the princess could not do it, for she loved a village surfer boy.  Sadly, on the eve of their planned escape he was captured and killed by the imperialists.

So the princess, dragging her broken heart behind her, went to her favorite spot.  Looking over the clouds as tears rolled down her cheeks and prayers dripped from her lips, she spread her arms and soared to freedom.

Annexation proceeded as planned.


This flash fiction story is in response to the Friday Fictioneers weekly photo challenge.



Filed under Prose, Shorts

7 responses to “Once Upon a Time…

  1. Oh, how sad. Love doesn’t always conquer all, does it?
    I think you left the “t” off on hear(t).

  2. Well, you can’t buck City Hall. Apart from your depressing cynicism, beautifully written.

  3. “Annexation proceeded as planned.” Just wanted to copy/paste that so I could read it again. Loved it!

  4. Dear Alvin,

    There’s freedom and then there’s freedom.Nice one.



  5. Wow, what a way to show the insignificance of the princess, that’s cold.

  6. Pingback: The Imperialists: their values, methods, and attractive results | power of language blog: partnering with reality by JR Fibonacci

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