Nothing More, Nothing Less – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the 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 little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Image © Roger Bultot. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Roger Bultot’s permission. Thank you for the image!

Nothing More, Nothing Less

The hero was tired and hungry. Slaying the last giant had been exhausting but he had done it.

Here the giantess now lay, limbs and head cut off.

He stared at her blood-drained head.

The eyes were wide open, terrified. Her death had been brutal, it showed in her face. And yet, there was a serene beauty about her, a quiet dignity that could almost, almost, be called human.

But of course she wasn’t. His king had made that very clear. Giants weren’t human.

And so he had killed them all — nothing more, nothing less.

He had just followed orders.

(100 words)

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55 thoughts on “Nothing More, Nothing Less – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Good one. I tried for something that played off the severed hands and head but couldn’t find it. You did an excellent job of relaying our ability to dehumanize others by hiding our own humanity behind the shield of obeying orders and our ability to obey orders by dehumanizing others.

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    1. The amounts of obedience and loyalty are things that are ingrained in people growing up, I think. If there isn’t someone who teaches them to think for themselves and balance, the chances are small, I think. Love certainly would be a good incentive. Thank you.

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