The Warm Welcome (flash fiction)



The Warm Welcome


I came here as an emissary from the neighbouring kingdom. Arriving at the Royal Court I handed their King a message from my Queen, only to hear him laugh at me.

“You won’t be returning to your own kingdom so soon. We have prepared rooms for you to stay. You will enjoy our warm welcome!” he told me with a malevolent smile while ripping up the message I gave him.

The next thing I know I’m being escourted down a path by a company of guards, and then we arrive at our destination: the King’s Dungeons. I am taken to a small cell near their blazing fire pit and I watch the torturers eye me up with hot fire irons in their hands.

I need to warn my Queen: the King is mad, dangerous, and obviously has evil designs on our kingdom. If only I could manage to escape somehow…


Joanne Fisher


Word count: 150


This was written with the photo prompt provided by Crimson’s Creative Challenge #66.



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