Friday Fictioneer: 100 word story ‘Under The Stump’

Friday Fictioneers I haven’t attempted this in a while, though I have spent a lot of time doing the 750 words.com challenges, which I highly recommend. It is, though, very gratifying to carve out a few thoughts in the 100 word limit of Friday Fictioneers, with the bonus of some human feedback. This is a bit of an experiment. If you don’t run screaming, then thank you for reading:

Under the Stump

This week's inspiring image 'Frost on a Stump' by Sandra Cook
This week’s inspiring image ‘Frost on a Stump’ by Sandra Cook

Under the stump, the wee folk lived like kings. Under the stump, they supped blackberry wine and ate gooseberry jam and hot salted meat from puffs of wheat. Under the stump, there was a cold harsh heart asleep. Under the stump, a cockroach fought with a weevil. Under the stump, the wee folk made their bets. Under the stump, the wee folk taught ‘no regrets’. Under the stump, the sun was a myth. Under the stump, the spiders sought their juicy flesh. Under the stump, the wee folk were warm all winter long. Under the stump, they were safe from snow.

Feel I’m channelling a bit of the Arthur Machen, and Blackwood fairies here, if that’s what the ‘wee folk’ are.

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Under the stump, the wee folk lived like kings. Under the stump, they supped blackberry wine and ate gooseberry jam and hot salted meat from puffs of wheat. Under the stump, there was a cold harsh devil asleep. Under the stump, a cockroach fought a weevil. Under the stump, the wee folk bet on the weevil. Under the stump, the wee folk taught ‘no regrets’. Under the stump, sun was a myth. Under the stump, the spiders sought their juicy flesh. Under the stump, the wee folk were warm all winter long. Under the stump, they were safe from snow.

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Friday Fictioneer: 100 word story ‘Under The Stump’

21 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneer: 100 word story ‘Under The Stump’

  1. Hi Joanna, long time no read. 🙂 Seems there’s a lot going on under the stump. The only difference I could see between the two was the ‘wee folk betting on the weevil’. And that was the version I preferred. Where a piece is a series of short staccato sentences, I think much is gained where one sentence links to the one before. It breaks up the rhythm in a welcome way. Good to see you, don’t leave it so long next time. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sandra, glad you popped in to comment and very happy you enjoyed it. This was the first response I had to the picture, fun to see what comes out. Looking forward to this Wednesday’s prompt, aiming to get back into the habit 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your kind response – I would like get around to reading far more of both Machen and Dunsany, but H P Lovecraft has been a fine way of tapping into those two, and I feel that this frosted stump could exist somewhere between our world, and their Dreamlands 🙂

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