Saturday, 1 September 2012

Summer Send-off Contest--250 word story challenge

illustration copyright Heather Newman 2012 used by permission


                            The Hero Writer by Diane Mae Robinson 


King Sillyknot has sent me on yet another quest to rescue his wife, Lily, from the lair of the dragon. The job pays 3 quill pens per week, which is a good and fair wage for a hero. You see, I am a hero by day and a writer by night, so the quill pens are needed.

The dragon, Tullula, of the Witless Kingdom captures Lily Sillyknot on a weekly basis, holding her ransom. The ransom never comes because King Sillyknot is very cheap, hence, my hero job.

Tullula is quite easy to trick and easier to embarrass.  He now turns instantly pink the moment he sees me. I have tricked him with such lures as; home movies, dancing girls, jugglers, and his favorite, Mars bars. All I have to do is distract him with something simple, then get Lily down from the tower and take her home.

The job has become somewhat mundane except in my inventiveness to distract Tullula.

     “Do you see that?” I yell in fake surprise, pointing to my newest distraction. Today I have brought along the palace chef who is frantically tossing pizza dough.

Tullula’s embarrassed-pink color pales while he’s subdued, drooling and gawking at the chef.

I dismount my steed, go around back of the dragon, walk the 59 paces to the tower, yell to Lilly it’s safe, she comes down, and we leave.

“Au revoir,” I bid to Tullula, and we are already off and galloping when Tullula’s pink color intensifies.

 (248 words)

The 250 word children story contest, created by Susanna Leonard Hill.
Contest Rules:
The contest is for a children's story of 250 words or less based on the picture above and in which somebody somewhere in your story says, in dialogue, "Did/do you see that?" (you may substitute any of the other senses - "Did/do you hear/feel/taste/smell that?") and somebody somewhere in your story says, "Goodbye!" (you are allowed to substitute "Farewell!", "Au revoir!", "Sayonara!", "Ciao!", or "So long!")  Entries must be posted on your blog between Friday August 31 and Tuesday September 4 at 11:59 PM EDT.