Fire and brimstone

copyright -Managua Gunn

The Princess had just turned thirteen. She was extremely curious. Her mother was too timid to satisfy her many queries and the staff did not dare.

Occasionally she suspected a twinkle in the eye of the statue like guard at the main door.

Time passed. The Princess turned 18. A crown prince much older than her was found to wed her off.

One day the prince came to visit her but the royal guard killed him.

He pleaded, “I love my country and cannot see it consumed by fire and brimstone”.

The king spared his life.

words ~ 96


Thanks & Shalom, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.


19 thoughts on “Fire and brimstone

  1. I’m not sure what’s going on here. 😦 What am I missing? Why would fire and brimstone come down on their country because her fiancee came to visit her?

    “Statue-like” would be hyphenated, so you have one more word to play with if you like.


  2. I also believe the guard wanted the princess to himself and felt that your story was building up to that ending. I thought it had a good beginning and middle, only the end let it down. Writers write and readers interpret even if it’s not what the writer meant. That’s my interpretation. 🙂

  3. The ending is a little confusing. In my effort to be subtle, the end is like a hazy peak hidden in the mist.

    The guard, having watched the princess grow up, had fatherly feelings for her.
    The crown prince was the lover of the Queen as well as the king. I thought the reference to fire and brimstone would make you think of Sodom and Gomorrah ….. and the end would be comprehensible.

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