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As part of the 1st Challenge for the Platform Campaigners.  Here is how the challenge read: 

Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count.

If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count)

For those who want an even greater challenge, make your story 200 words EXACTLY!

Here's my story.  Enjoy! (NOTE: I accidently left off the first part when I first posted this.  Here is the full version)

The door swung open admitting three knights into the wizard’s chambers. At the start of a long journey, the three knights gathered to be given a gift by the castle wizard.  The wizard laid three different-colored boxes on a table in front of him and pointed to each in turn. “You may each choose one box to aid you on your journey,” said the wizard. “The first box is strength, the second cunning and the third compassion.” 

One knight snatched up the first box and bounded out the door, “Surely strength is most important on a long road.” 

The next night, ran to the table and snatched the second box. “Surely cunning will uphold me long after strength fails.” 

The final knight took the box of compassion, and thanking the wizard, took his leave of the castle.

On his way, the knight of compassion came across the knight of strength, hopelessly caught in a hidden snare. At great risk to himself, he freed the other knight from the trap.

Farther down the road, they found the knight of cunning, encircled by ruthless bandits. Together, his companions chased the bandits away.

Rejoicing, they set off together, never again to walk apart.  

14 Responses so far.

  1. MISH says:

    This is a wonderful tale of support and unity ! There is strength in numbers !
    It also reminds me of the song "No Man Is An Island" that I taught to my school choir .
    My entry is no.#59

  2. Interesting scene. Felt like I was standing among these guys.

    Nice job! :)

  3. allie says:

    It's like a nice little fairytale.

    Well done.

  4. bridget says:

    I liked this. Somehow i could really picture the scene. Nicely done. Mine is #72

  5. N.Scott says: story for sure but am I missing something? Like...."the door swung open" or is this implied?


  6. MDYBYU says:

    Woah, thanks for pointing that out. I accidently left off the first part of the story. It makes a lot more sense that way.

  7. A lovely start to an interesting tale.

  8. Hi, I love the look of your blog. Good story, too. I'm in your fantasy campaign group and wanted to say hi.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great story! Loved the lesson it gave and fable like quality.

  10. Hellow there fellow Fantasy writer and campaigner, I'm following you. That is a fantastic cover.

  11. Reece says:

    Very nice! You made me curious, which is (in my opinion) the point of flash fiction.

    New follower, by the way, and fellow campaigner.

  12. Nice to meet all of you new followers. I try to post every Monday and Thursday.

  13. I love this! :) It's like a fairytale or parable. It's boasts a true and valuable lesson. Well done!

  14. Treelight says:

    Oh, that was beautiful! Almost like a poem!
    Where is your entry for the second challenge? (I'm number 180 for that one).

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