Friday Fictioneers – What Makes A Hero?

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Fabulous Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge 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.


Image ©Danny Bowman. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Danny Bowman’s permission.

What Makes A Hero?

That reddish glow on the horizon, that’s not the sunset.

I thought I’d slain the beast but now the fire’s back. He’s on the mend: the largest wyrm the world has known. The armies of three kingdoms laid a trap and then I crawled through catacombs, unnoticed, waiting for the perfect moment. When it arrived, I slammed my blade into his heart. Alas!

He’ll follow me along the path, it’s time to close the gate. A drop of blood mixed with pigment, a brush stroke—done. I’ll burn the picture, it’s not my world. Let them find their own hero.

(100 words)

I pledge



71 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – What Makes A Hero?

  1. Dear Gabi,

    I had to look up wyrm. I learned something new. Thank you. Loved the color and fantasy. Although I’m a little confused as to what’s happened here. Did the narrator step through a painting that’s a portal of sorts? I could be the one who’s dense here.



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  2. I don’t know why I feel that it was as much the disillusionment as it was the fear that motivated him to abandon chasing and being chased.
    The title is really thought provoking and I can’t seem to come up with a fitting answer, even in our real life scenario.

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    1. In my opinion, it’s people who do the right thing even under difficult circumstances. But then, who defines what’s the right thing? I guess we must find this within us. 😀 Thank you for your lovely comment.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, thank you. You know, your and Varad’s comments remind me of my time as Dungeons and Dragons master (eons ago). The players told me, why should we bother, we’re heroes already, we’re rich, a bit of rescuing, monster slaying, why bother? I had a really hard time to come up with the right motivations. Only after I had and evil sorcerer abduct one of their own characters did they get fired up enough to do the heroic deeds again. 😀


  3. I always wanted to go through pictures as portals too, so I really enjoyed you using that idea. I especially liked the bit about mixing blood with pigment and painting over it, that that would have a magical effect: nice! And yes, I can see how un-heroic it is to give up, but it seems like he did his very best and it failed — what other plan could he try? No sense throwing his life away needlessly; that world clearly needs a better hero than him.

    All the stories are about the hero/prince who succeeded in breaking the spell or killing the monster after dozens before him had failed. As I get older, I find myself curious about the tragic stories behind those dozens who failed…

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    1. Heh. Thank you Joy. Yes, the heroic isn’t always successful. If I didn’t have so many unfinished ‘oeuvres’ already, I’d want to continue his story a year later when he gets second thoughts, goes back, and only finds destruction and death. But I’m too slow to get into that, it’d require another unending amount of plotting and backstory…

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      1. I know what you mean about unfinished oeuvres. I’m drowning in them. My current quote posted up on my computer monitor is from Neil Gaiman: “Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.” And yet I can’t stop starting new stories, or writing these @#$# flash fiction pieces instead! Head down, Pixley: time to focus. 🙂

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  4. I love when I have to look up a word… what a great one it is.
    And being able to paint yourself out of a situation. Man… that would be a talent, wouldn’t it? Mind you, so many are already experts at extricating themselves out of sticky situations….

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  5. So much in here! I love the reluctant hero – I think he’ll be back! And the blood/pigment. Doesn’t one of the Narnia stories (The Dawn Treader?) start with a picture. I love the idea of stepping into pictures (but also once wrote a tiny story about two children escaping from their picture.) You have tapped a vein of childhood imagination that stays with many dreamers!

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    1. Yes, I think pictures feed our imaginations. I’ve also seen several stories about pictures and magic. There’s also Harry Potter with their portraits. And the Narnia stories (I love that one). And I have a vague recollection about The Witches, there was something with children in pictures… I just love to play with this. Thank you! 🙂

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    1. I’m sorry, Russel. Sometimes I take these Fantasy, and also Science Fiction tropes for granted and just don’t get that it may be confusing. I guess that happens with any genre from time to time. Feedback on that helps. I’m glad you enjoyed the story anyway.

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