Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – The Bridge

Once there were two kingdoms on either side of opposing cliffs. They had been great enemies once and the large ancient oak tree that connected the two sides was burned until it fell into the waterfall below, as the great kings of both lands fought to a bloody and firey death.

In one kingdom, Giselle the granddaughter of one of the old kings, was to become Queen on her twenty-first birthday. But Giselle was still young and preferred riding in the forest to ruling in her throne. She stared across the divide to the other kingdom and wondered if there was someway across to it and distant lands she had only heard stories about.

One day while exploring, Giselle found secret tunnels that lead down to the valley below and back up the opposing cliff. When she came out on the otherside she found herself face to face with a young man about twenty-five years-old. He was the Prince of that kingdom and his name was Theodore. Theodore knew who Giselle was but did not tell her so, as he wished to know her motives. They fast became friends, then lovers, as they both continued to use the tunnels Giselle had found. A year later they married and united their kingdoms ending a decades old feud and building a bridge that connected both peoples.

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21 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – The Bridge”

  1. Wonderful story Mandi. I love how they fell in love and reunited the two kingdoms together ending the feud between them! I also want to make a suggestion. In the first paragraph, I think that “true” should be “tree.” Once again, thank you for participating in FFfAW!

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  2. Such a lovely, romantic story, Mandi. It took two young lovers to overcome the barriers put between their peoples by their ancestors. I like the link between the old oak that once connected the two kingdoms to the bridge in the prompt.

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    1. Thanks for reading. I don’t know if you have seen the movie Malificent, I kind of got the idea from that and how Sleeping Beauty becomes the link btw Malificent’s fairy world and the human world. Good movie anyways.

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      1. Ah! I have seen Malificent and loved it – and I can seee how it inspired your story. Well done for developing it! Inspiration can be found in all sorts of places. Well done! 🙂

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    1. That’s a good point Dave but I’d like to think my two main characters know better after experiencing the fall out of war from their grandparents who died fighting, and their parents (also dead) who held left over grudges. My story is meant to end as a peace treaty. Perhaps, another time I can explore what happens when peace treaties go amiss. Thanks for reading 🙂


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