Flash Fiction: A Fairy Tale by The Muse

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

Not intended for children.


Once upon a time…

Tannille stares at the prompt picture for Friday Fictioneers, on a Wednesday — go figure. The image shows a woman sitting on her windowsill and a man waving below. The writer’s mind draws a blank… well, not quite. The Muse is being naughty. Once the mind’s eye sees something, it’s impossible to be unseen. And so, a retelling of a fairy tale comes to life.

Let down your pubic hair
That I may climb thy golden stair!

The muse wants to weave crabs into the story. But alas, 100 words are near. 

Thank the gods. Muse, I hate you!

The end…


Today The Muse decided to ruin the classic fairy tale, Rapunzel. You know the one — Rapunzel has that supernaturally long hair… head hair… that the prince climbs up when he wants to have his wicked way with her?

Disclaimer: Tannille and The Muse are not responsible for any coffee sprays or choking on hairballs. If you dare, other Conversations with The Muse can be read here, and more fudged fairy tales can be read here.


  1. Rapunzel s a very good interpretation of today’s prompt, Tannille and you’ve certainly given it an interesting twist. I wasn’t quite sure what the scene was really saying but came up with something regardless.
    How have you been?
    The family finally caught covid after spending NYE at Surfers Paradise. Went to see the famous fireworks there and they were such a fizzer. Didn’t even have a finale and I think there might have been a technical glitch. Geoff picked up covid at NYE and we all soon followed suit. I have just returned from house minding at Cremorne Point on Sydney Harbour and had a ball catching ferries everywhere once I’d got over covid. I’ve been starting to post my adventures which you might be interested in checking out.
    Did you go away?
    best wishes,

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    1. I’ve been writing like made on a novella (started out as a long short story but may end up being a novel), so there isn’t much left in a tank. All I saw was Rapunzel. The 100 words is limiting too.

      Oh no. That doesn’t sound like a fun trip at all. I bet you’ll remember it. I’m getting out more. Have to live with Covid. I hope it wasn’t too bad?

      Thanks, R.


    1. Fairy tales are asking to be bastardised. They are a fantastic source of inspiration. Some times the seriousness takes over. The past few years have been difficult for everyone.

      Thanks Shrawley


  2. Holy ’70s porn (or so I’ve heard), Batman! That’s some serious down there hair. I did something similar again. Mine has a Rapunzel theme and missing clothing but is more goofy and less sexy. Very hairy tail, T.

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  3. I think mine might be a chat with my muse this week. Im drawing blanks with this one. I know there are so many possibilities, but at this point, no flash idea is making me fall off my chair. I enjoy your Muses chats…nicely done!

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    1. Writing these stories can be a major challenge. 1) the muse needs to offer an idea, and 2) the idea needs to translate to 100 words. Total blanks happen. Oh no!

      Thanks, F. 😀


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