Flash Fiction: The Disappearance of Ellie Watson

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers. Other stories featuring the prompt can be found here.

The store accumulated junk. Items the fairies stole. Silly items to mess with humans. To make the humans think they lost their minds. A fairy sport. They say you should never do deals with fairies or witches.

A newspaper sat next to the till. The disappearance of a local child dominated headlines. 

Ellie Watson
Age: 7
Hair: red
Eyes: blue

The shopkeeper straightened up the painting on the wall. A quaint picture of a farmhouse. On close inspection, a little girl with hair like embers stood by the water’s edge. 

Ellie never left the town. 

She was hiding in plain sight. 


This week’s story was inspired by a scene from “The Witches” (1990), an adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic “The Witches”. Erica’s story entered my psyche as a kid — sad, haunting and fascinating. This flash fiction story is a part of the Fudged Up Fairy Tales series (click here).

The Witches (1990): Erica’s story plays like a self-contained mini-movie


  1. I’m trying to get a jump start on stories this week lol…a change from trying to read them all a day before it closes!
    I love this story, it’s spooky but so clever. A shop full of things stolen by fairies. This gives me ideas for adventures with Aurora, my fairy character… nicely done!

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    1. Getting a head start is the key.

      Must admit I never thought about what fairies do with the items they steal from humans before. The idea of being tapped inside a painting is creepy.

      Thanks F


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