Straw Man (Friday Fictioneers)

This is another Friday Fictioneers submission.. This week, I’m going to try 2 as I’ve bargained on getting 2,000 hits before March and I’m floundering. Apologies to all those who commented last week but haven’t received a return read. Normal service will be resumed this week.

Photo copyright Sandra Crook.

115 words (approximately-I’ve tweaked it slightly)

Rumplestiltskin had no idea why he’d decided to jig around the campfire singing his name with the miller’s daughter listening in. Still, they say the first sign of hubris is referring to yourself in the third person. Sad thing is, it wasn’t even his name. His mum had christened him Rumplestiltskineth, but that was too difficult for humans to pronounce.

They’ll have time to get used to it now that the king’s got him locked up, spinning straw into gold to fund the war against Narnia. It’s his own fault really; he’d’ve been home free if the guards hadn’t heard him prancing around his cell singing about Mr Tumnus bringing him a file in a cake.




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45 responses to “Straw Man (Friday Fictioneers)

  1. Etienne,
    That last line really made me laugh. Some people just can’t keep their mouths shut. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dear Etienne,

    Another fairy tale with a twist. Mr. R. certainly sang himself into a jam. Good one.



  3. The guy just can’t stop singing, can he? Nice one Etienne.

  4. The last line is the icing on a delicious cake. Loved this story.

  5. I love Rumply’s short name, and the way he got caught.. for some people the worst enemy is yourself-

  6. This is starting out to be a wild FF week! I love your fractured fairy tale, too.


  7. Loved it – talk about being your own worst enemy!

  8. Well done and funny. Not funny the name his mother gave the poor man. Maybe that’s what made him so different.

  9. A fairy tale rewritten. Excellent!

  10. haha Rumplestiltskineth has a big mouth! enjoyed this a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. camgal

    Lol…is there a fairy tale conspiracy this week. Clever take on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I loved the combination of children’s stories, darling. Quite fun and clever. Click #2

  13. Poor Rumple he’s just not too bright. Too funny!

  14. What a brilliant crossover of stories. I suppose a person who could spin straw into cold would be an incredibly value commodity for anyone wanting to start a war.

  15. Sounds like dear Rumpy has a problem keeping secrets. Cute take on the prompt. I adore a re-crafted fairytale.

    Marie Gail

  16. Wow! Some mix up here giving a great little story.

  17. This cracked me up. Rumplestiltskin always struck me as a prideful and arrogant little bastard. Nice to see him get some unique comeuppance!

  18. Ah he sure had the “foot in the mouth disease”,lol!Lovely take on the prompt Etienne:-)

  19. Poor guy! His fondness for singing all the time sure did get him into plenty of trouble ๐Ÿ˜€ Loved the story!

  20. I really enjoyed this! I also wrote a slightly twisted version of a well loved fairy tale (great minds and all that)….

  21. Great piece – thanks for the story you shared – very clever and funny! Nan

  22. Evil will out – in this case, via a song. Must admit I don’t know Mr Tumnus. ๐Ÿ™‚

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