Homeland security


Copyright – Roger Bultot

“Just look!” Neville beamed, arms outspread. “What we’ve achieved!”

From this vantage point, Andrew saw their city with renewed appreciation. He stood taller, planted his feet more firmly, proud of his role in keeping it secure from infiltration.

“This rooftop is Risk Category 1,” Neville continued, turning to the task at hand. “Overgrown, overlooked for years. They’ll be here.”

They advanced towards the door, watchful, cautious. Suddenly Neville lunged to the ground, then stood, holding aloft his net and its cargo: a tiny, squirming, squealing humanoid, clutching a shred of beanstalk.

“One more for the flourmill,” smiled Andrew.


Here’s an interesting annotated version of the fairy tale.


Copyright – Paul Woodroffe and reproduced on www.surlalunefairytales.com

Once again, my 100 word story is for Friday Fictioneers, a  flash fiction website hosted and maintained by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, where writers contribute stories in response to a weekly photo prompt. You can read the other stories here.

30 thoughts on “Homeland security

    • Definitely M rated, as the original fairy tales should have been. I heard an item on the radio this morning where it was suggested that many traditional nursery songs and rhymes could have originated as pub drinking songs which the fathers adapted for their children. I think the same might apply to fairy tales. Thanks for your feedback, JS.

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    • I’m glad to have made you smile. I wonder how any of us got through our childhoods intact when you consider the violence and horror of the fairy tales we read or listened to. Who knows what damage is there, beneath the surface. Maybe kids are tougher than we think. Thank you for responding, Isadora.


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