ver at The Confabulator Cafe, we spend one week each month posting flash fiction (<1,000 words) on a common theme. Sometimes it’s a campfire story or a story inspired by a painting. This month, we’re trying our hand at retelling fairy tales.
Despite what you might expect, this has actually stressed out the writers more than the average flash fiction assignment. Some Cafe writers created their own fairy tales. Some retold a classic. Most bemoaned the fact that 1,000 words was not enough to do a fairy tale justice. So we eliminated the word count restriction this month.
I decided to do something different and wrote about a minor character from fairy tale lore, filling in his backstory and allowing him to have the spotlight instead of the princess. I hope you enjoy my story, “Charming.” And be sure to read the stories by other contributors as well.
Until next time, here’s hoping you find your happily ever after!