Telling Tales



Telling Tales

‘Scraps of cloud hung in the windows of the ballroom; webs of trapped butterflies covered the chandeliers. In place of a gown the fairy princess wore a rosebush in bud and as she turned in the bridal waltz, roses bloomed and droplets of blood spattered her satin slippers.’

The one about the two slit boys was scarier.’

‘Shh – footsteps.’

‘Nah – doesn’t fit the story. Try another one. How about..’

‘No, really. Listen!’

‘Shit – cut the light.’

I put my lips next to his ear. ‘The rotten stairs – ninth and tenth.’

We huddled together in the darkness and counted one, two…

M J Lewis©2016

And that’s your 100 words for this week.

Many thanks to Rochelle our host at Friday Fiction and to J Hardy Carroll for the atmospheric photo. For more stories click here, if you dare.

Was a bit unfocused this week so confess to reading around a bit. Those two boys from Derelict by C E Ayr definitely stuck in my head and seem to have crept into one of the stories within this story.

23 thoughts on “Telling Tales

    • Now that bit is imported from another story I will one day find the time to write – I’ll let you know when more than a paragraph exists outside my own head! Thanks for the encouragement.


    • I liked the idea of your tale becoming a local rumour that teenagers use to scare each other. Your story also reminded me of the princes in the tower. Unsolved crimes are so much more compelling than solved ones. Thanks for the inspiration!


    • In the ever-so-nice bit of Surrey where I work there’s a tattoo parlour. The people who work there look as if they’ve walked straight off the pages of a fantasy novel, including the girl with roses entwined up her arms. They’re actually lovely people – but with huge sinister possibilities. One day maybe I’ll write that paragraph into a whole novel. Failing that I might just go for the tattoo!
      Thanks for visiting.


  1. Gives me the chills. The opening story with the masochistic fairy princess alone makes its own story–then the rumours, and the rotten stairs. Great suspenseful writing.

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  2. Great atmospheric description to start, and then all the elements work really well to build suspense and lead our imagination in all sorts of directions. Stories within stories. Well put together.

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  3. Dear Miranda,

    Kids and ghost stories. Sounds like they’re about to encounter a real one. Or are they? I like the way you leave us hanging and the dialogue really does carry the story. Well done.



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  4. I loved it. It was spooky enough to make the hair rise on the back of my neck.

    At the very end, I assume they are counting the stairs as someone/something comes up. You might try counting backwards there.

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