Heart of Stone – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

I pledgeAnother week, another prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, graciously provided by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

The task is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Heart of Stone

Stone-deaf, stony-faced, sticks-and-stones—human idioms about stones often are negative. And yet, didn’t mastering stone advance them just as much as mastering fire?

Stone is shelter, stone is weapon, stone is medium for script and art.

Strong and reliable, stone eventually yields. Fire, wind, and water turn it into soil, clay, and sand, thus nourishing those who regard it with contempt.

“Why would I love a stone, you ugly troll?” she throws into his face.

“Why indeed?“ he thinks, waiting for sunrise. As the first rays touch him, he bursts. Only his heart remains: a diamond glittering in the sunlight.

(100 words)



Featured image ©Piya Singh. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneer Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Piya Singh’s permission.


61 thoughts on “Heart of Stone – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. Haha, yes indeed, who wouldn’t want one, or three. 🙂 I alwas collect stones when I go somewhere, they connect me to the place I visist, much to the chagrin of my other half. 😉
      I’ve seen that you have a similar title but haven’t got around to reading/commenting yet. Thank you!

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  1. A very thoughtful piece.
    I was thinking, In the last paragraph with his heart as a diamond – it could be he’s a “real diamond” (positive) or his heart is cold and hard (negative).

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  2. Oo, I like! Such good points about stone, and then it twists around and it’s the troll talking — I imagined we just walked inside of Lynn’s story with the troll inside, and here he is, being dissed by the woman he loves. Aw.

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  3. Oh – poor troll. I love how you’ve taken a long and winding road to the action at the end, and then it’s all over with a puff in just a couple of sentences. Fantastic. Love it.

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    1. You call this long and winding? 😉 You should have seen the unedited version. 😀 I started out with the last two sentences and then all the stony things came… and wouldn’t stop. I’m glad you enjoyed it, thank you.

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