Flash Fiction: The Gingerbread House

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 PHOTO PROMPT © Alicia Jamtaas for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here.

This week’s story took inspiration from the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”. More Conversations with The Muse can be found here.


LOCATION: Tannille’s mind’s eye

In a forest, probably not THE FOREST, Tannille stood with her muse, hoping this week’s blog story would come pronto. 

“All I can see is a gingerbread house.”

“I know, it can’t be unseen.”

“Think the witch is inside?”

“Nah, Gretel burnt the poor woman to a crisp. Bad manners.”

“Well, she did try to eat them.”

“The vandals gnawed on her house,” said The Muse, swinging around a tree.


“The real villains – the parents. Too busy feeding their magic mushroom addiction. Mummy died from an overdose and daddy blamed mummy for the child abuse.”

“Where are the kids now?”



    1. It’s quite the gruesome tale. What I find interesting is publishers of Brothers Grimm were more disgusted that a mother would abandon her children (it was changed to stepmother) than a cannibal witch. Cannibalism suitable for children.

      Thanks D

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    1. In the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel live happily ever after. Even as a kid I was like how? Their parents suck. How messed up would the siblings be? Not sure a therapy is that good.

      Thanks B


  1. The Grimm tales weren’t invented by them, they were collected folk tales from people all over the place and came in many variations. (And they were also horribly antisemitic) – It is fun to see your own, modern variation of one of the classics. Well done!
    It’s always the stepmother who is evil, always the witches who need burning… the only male equivalent I can think of would be the devil.

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    1. Thankfully The Grimms preserved the folktales or they may have been lost.

      You’re right. The fathers either die or come off easily. Men in general aren’t “evil”. The Pied Piper, maybe? I’m fighting my brain to name a second…

      Thanks G!

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      1. I think the pied piper was considered otherworldly, maybe fairy. Some kings abandoned their children because they didn’t react as they should, but that’s all I can think of.

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