Friday Fictioneers – A Winter Romance

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz (the blue frog) on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

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PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg

A Winter Romance

“Father. I’ve fallen in love.”

Prince Brodigen looked apprehensively at his father, King Blacktooth the Ferocious, who grunted, “You would.”

“The thing is, I don’t know her name. I met her skiing. She’s beautiful!”

“That’s what your cousin thought about Cinderella, and look how that turned out. In-laws were a nightmare.”

The young prince took his courage in both hands.

“I’m glad you mentioned Cinderella…”

“Oh, for goodness sake don’t tell me you’ve got her glass slipper.”

“Why would she need a glass slipper on the ski slope?”

With a flourish, Prince Brodigen displayed a lurid, knitted woollen hat.


54 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – A Winter Romance

      • ohh, I’m frankly confused. I think the cousin married Cinderella? Did Prince Brodigen snatch the woman from his cousin? And for whom are the ugly sisters? I’m ashamed that I ask, but I’m curious and actually that would be my specialty !!!!

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    • I imagined that Cinderella married the prince’s cousin several years before this story. The ugly sisters of the Cinderella story became the cousin’s sisters-in-law. If you remember, they were vain and greedy as well as ugly, and I imagined them using their royal connections for their own personal advantage. That would have put a strain on the marriage of course. It would also have offended the royal family, hence the king saying ‘In-laws were a nightmare.’

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      • Thank you dear Penny for your answer. Of course I know the story ..:) …my god, it’s all complicated. Of course this is a pity if the family is a nightmare … well, but then you have to maintain some distance, finally, you marry no family … ( or is Cinderella is in the meantime mother?)


    • Dear Susan
      Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment. I’m delighted the story made you smile. I look forward to reading your FF stories again in the New Year!
      Have a happy Christmas!


    • Dear Suzanne
      Thank you for reading and commenting. I’m delighted that the story made you laugh. Mixing ancient and modern can lead to some entertaining situations, can’t it?
      I hope you and yours enjoy a blessed Christmas season, and have a great New Year.
      With best wishes

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  1. Haha! This is absolutely brilliant! What an great twist to the Cinderella story. I love the father’s response to the prince’s declaration that he’s fallen in love: “You would.” Those two simple words so express much in that context. You’ve outdone yourself with this story, Penny.

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    • Dear Magarisa
      Thank you for reading and for your very kind comment. I’m delighted you enjoyed the story so much, because I enjoyed writing it. The collision between ancient and modern, fantasy and reality – and the similarities between them – entertained me.
      With very best wishes

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      • I realy love this mixture of ancient and modern. This is the most beautiful things in telling old tales in a new way. The ‚in law situation‘ is something I can not really imagine. What is meant with a new scarf each winter?
        To marry into a family is never easy, uhhh, but ugly sisters like in Cinderella, this is not nommon, is it ?


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