A Stranger might just change your life – #Writephoto.

I slumped in my chair, the ale in front of me looked less than appetising, but what else could I do. It looked like there was no way into the castle. It was strong and secure, surrounded by ditches and moats and heavily guarded by skilled archers. It was useless. My love had been taken from me and there was no way to retrieve her.

“What’s wrong with your face?” an elderly woman slumped down next to me. I ignored her. “You’ll turn that ale off, face like that.” I pulled my collar hiding my face a little and hopefully providing the hint that I didn’t want company.

“Must be a girl then?” She took a final gargled slurp of her drink. “Although not that many girls around here. Except for that bonnie new girl up at the castle, of course.” I couldn’t help but turn a little back to face her.

“Ah, so I’m right. It is a girl.” She smiled triumphantly. I sighed.

“Well, what of it? It’s no use now, she has been locked away in that fortress. Promised to another.” I took a sip of my drink hoping to disguise my raspy vocals as thirst.

“Love you, does she?”

“Well, she told me she did. I guess I’ll never know now.” The old woman nodded.

“What if I told you there was a way to find out?”

“There is no way, she is locked in that stronghold until she is wed,” I said exasperatedly. Frustratingly the old woman nodded slowly at me again.

“Well, what if I told you there was a way, a secret way, into the castle?” Her eyes shimmered and she licked her lips.

“Really?”

“Most definitely.”

“Where? Tell me where. I need to go at once.” I made to stand but she pulled me back to my seat.

“Hold yourself, young man. Patience is the skill.” She shook her empty glass at me. I understood the meaning. It could be a trap but I had to risk it, I called to the barman and pointed to her empty glass. Within seconds she had her drink. After she took a slow agonising drink of it, she turned to me and licked her lips once more, now satisfied.

“Under the arches of the drawbridge, there is a secret door. You can only get to it when the water lies low. But it has been dry for many weeks so I would think tonight you would make it. It will take you into the very walls of the castle but it would be a way inside no-one would know of. Once inside you will need to use every skill you have. Especially patience and listening. It will be the only way to avoid the guards and find your love.”

I stood up and threw money down on the table. “Thank you. Thank you so kindly.” She nodded her nod once again.

I waited in the woodlands until darkness. Then just as the woman said made my way down to the water. Crossing it carefully I bridge-photo-by-sue-vincentstood underneath the archway. I could not believe my luck. Hidden in the darkness was a doorway, so many would miss it, but there it was, exactly as she had said. I started climbing the steps up to it, preparing myself for the challenge ahead. As I reached the top step behind me I heard the heavens open. I glanced back at the moat, wondering just how long it would take to fill, just how long I would have. It didn’t matter, no matter what I had to try.


My response to Sue’s wonderful photo prompt. A bit of an adventure this week. 🙂

If you want to give the prompt a go too, head over to Sue’s Page Thursday Photo Prompt – Bridge #writephoto and join in the prompt.KL ❤

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#Maydays Prompt – Happiness in your flaws

“Often times some may find that negative observance of others may in fact derive from inward flaws of themselves.”
― Calvin W. Allisonlion

For today’s #maydays prompt is a little harder, time for a little self-reflection or self-growth? May your post help you (or your character) find happiness in your flaws.

Remember you can write a memory, short flash fiction, poetry or whatever may take your fancy and pingback here so that I can pop by and visit you. Not feeling the prompt? No worries, link up another one with the word may in it. Don’t forget to TAG your prompt #maydays too.

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#Maydays Prompt – Friendship Transformation

“You do not like them, so you say,
Try them, try them and you may!” – Dr Seuss

Dr Suess - try them and you may - friendship

Smiles with Seuss. For today’s #maydays prompt a bit of a classic. We have all read (or experienced) an enemy that becomes a friend (or vice versa for that matter). Capture that transformation for us.

Remember you can write a memory, short flash fiction, poetry or whatever may take your fancy and pingback here so that I can pop by and visit you. Don’t forget to TAG your prompt #maydays too.

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#Maydays Prompt – Fairytale Fun

fairies“There may be fairies, there may be elves, but God helps those who help themselves.”
― Stephen King, Misery

 

For today’s #maydays prompt, I might be taking Mr. King’s quote out of context a little. May your post feature a little magic, elves, fairies, whatever you like. Bonus points if you can make it a dark story that Mr. King would approve off. 🙂

Remember you can write a memory, short flash fiction, poetry or whatever may take your fancy and pingback here so that I can pop by and visit you. Don’t forget to TAG your prompt #maydays too.

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Thanks to those that lead us down an interesting path with yesterday’s #Maydays prompt:

Lost! – ladyleemanila

Maydays: Poem – Wrapped Refrain – “Choosing Your Path” #Maydays – Mandibelle16

OUT OF PLACE – ESCAPE INTO WORDS – **NEW**

#Maydays Prompt – Paths | Morpethroad

Walking Through the Woods – New2Writing

 

 

#Maydays Prompt – Beauty is in the hand of the penholder

“No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

keep calm and love your body

For today’s #maydays prompt I want you to write about someone that is truly beautiful to you (or your character if you are doing fiction).

Remember you can write a memory, short flash fiction, poetry or whatever may take your fancy and pingback here so that I can pop by and visit you. Don’t forget to TAG your prompt #maydays too.

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Thanks to those who contributed to yesterday’s #Maydays prompt all about Girls, Girls, Girls:

Best Friends – ladyleemanila

#Maydays Prompt – Let’s hear it for the girls | Morpethroad

Maydays: Poem – Free Verse – “Delicate and Strong”  – Mandibelle16

Not For Girls | new2writing

 

#Maydays Prompt – Flying without Wings

“He who leaps for the sky may fall, it’s true. But he may also fly.” Chalie Leaping
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium

For today’s #maydays prompt may your character take a flight, a fall or a leap (real or metaphorical).

Remember you can write a memory, short flash fiction, poetry or whatever may take your fancy and pingback here so that I can pop by and visit you. Don’t forget to TAG your prompt #maydays too.

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Big thank you to yesterday’s #Maydayers who went into Battle with the Battlestations prompt:

Oh We’re Not Gonna Take It! – ladyleemanila

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Maydays: Fiction – Part 2 – After The Plane Crash #Maydays – Mandibelle16

#Maydays Prompt – Battlestations

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” ― Maya Angelou

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Image Courtesy of Facebook

For today’s #maydays prompt it’s time to capture an epic battle. May your best man win!

Remember you can write a memory, short flash fiction, poetry or whatever may take your fancy and pingback here so that I can pop by and visit you. Don’t forget to TAG your prompt #maydays too.

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