The Truth in the Tale
Jonin enjoyed telling stories. He couldn’t deny it. As a knight of many years’ service he had numerous exploits to share. But there was one thing everyone wanted to know – what really happened after the Battle of Ebden Moor?
There were only a few known facts. He and Mikael had been missing for months, given up for dead, only to reappear, riding double on a mysterious horse that vanished soon after. Beyond that was… open to interpretation.
And shy of truth.
The truth… was that Jonin knew little more than they. He had no idea where he’d been or what he’d done. One moment he’d been upon a battlefield. The next, a fey beast was carrying him and his closest friend home. And several months had passed.
Mikael, annoyingly, had told him little. He’d claimed Jonin had been wounded, though no sign of injury remained. He’d insisted they’d spent the months travelling, but no memories leant credence to his claim. He’d offered no explanation for the horse.
His audiences didn’t need to know that, however…
Word count: 175 words
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This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. This week’s prompt was provided by Dorothy. Thank you, Dorothy.
As you can possibly tell from how late I’m posting this, I struggled a little with this prompt. It was only once I changed the bike to a horse that I had any idea what to write at all. Unfortunately, the ideas then flowed so thick and fast that writing a story in only 175 words became an absolute nightmare! This is the third one I’ve written. The first is over 700 words, the second nearly 600 and not yet finished!
The 700+ story is more or less complete, and tells Mikael’s side of events. I might post it later…
11 thoughts on “The Truth in the Tale”
Sounds like Jonin has had amnesia. Thank goodness he doesn’t need all the details to tell a good story! Great story, Louise!
Anxious to hear more of the story! 🙂
Ha, “fey beast” 🙂 Well,, who cares what really happened? All the audience wants is a story of daring deeds and heroic acts (and possibly one or more maidens in distress). And for it to be well told!
Look forward to reading the longer version – so many questions!
oh i want to know more. this is intriguing!
Sometimes it takes a while for the ideas to come, doesn’t it. But when they do … A fascinating tale and as it was a fey horse … well, they could have been doing anything for the last few months. Lovely story
Great take Louise, the beginning reminds me of the show ‘Outlander’ however I like the addition of the beast carrying them home!!
Well done. Now, I have to wonder what did happen:)
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Thank you! The longer version, telling the full story, is also available now, if you want to have a read. 🙂
You can find it here: https://thestorytellersabode.com/2017/08/15/the-burden-of-truth/
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