Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.
“Once upon a time in a land far, far away...”
Aodhan listened from the shadows as the storyteller began weaving his tale: a tangled web of deceit, treachery and murder. Not that he needed to hear the words. As much as he tried to forget, he remembered the events as if they’d occurred only yesterday. After all, they had been neither as long ago nor as far away as the storyteller would have his audience believe.
The lake had turned red that day, stained with the blood of innocents. Thirty-nine lives had been taken as payment and in return the spirit Uzaroth had granted his plaintiff the strength to claim the throne.
For forty years Aodhan had ruled, unchallenged, his rivals dead or lost without trace. Everything he desired had been his. But he had always known that someday Uzaroth would return to collect his final payment.
As he looked at the storyteller, he knew that day had finally come.
Word Count: 150
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