Before the Castle Gates Close – Flash Fiction

"Wandering through the Woods" by Susan Kimball. Available on

“Wandering through the Woods” by Susan Kimball. Available on

The hallucinated movements in my peripheral vision are tricks of the fatigue.

The Queen walked this same journey’s path to her new throne. I wonder, did her cloak become frayed and torn from the thistles and brush constantly clawing, holding her back? 

How did this trail look with hope calling from the destination? How does it feel to be rushing toward the light rather than fleeing the darkness?

The forest nights offer no respite, the eyes of the universe upon me. One step after another, I continue on, praying I reach the castle before the gates are closed.


This super short fiction is part of the challenge to create a story in 99 words – no more, no less – the prompt “frayed” and hosted by Carrot Ranch.

2017-07-02T13:49:28+00:00Categories: The Innocent Prince|Tags: , |5 Comments


  1. KJ Scrim July 2, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Nice! Flash fiction is fun to write and you did a good job. Now, I want to know if the castle was reached.

    • Mardra July 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Mission accomplished. Thank you!

  2. C. Jai Ferry July 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Intense! Love it~

  3. Charli Mills July 5, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Wonderfully epic in so few words. I like the tension set up between two walks down the same path. Thanks for joining us this week at Carrot Ranch!

  4. Kristi Campbell July 5, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    You’re so great at this! I love it and always rush to the light!

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