Five Sentence Fiction — Faeries

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Faeries.

Here is my offering. If it sounds familiar this is a little bit of a cheat as it was adapted from a 500 word challenge that I participated in a while back. Editing it down to 5 scant sentences was a chore. Anyway here’s what I have in me this week:

Seth awoke to the soft snickity-snack of someone typing on his laptop, and the sound of a voice quietly urging, “Come on, come on…” From his vantage point he couldn’t see the culprit, so he silently crawled across his bedroom floor, slowly raised up at his computer and found himself face to face with a bandy-legged, cigar-chewing, beer-gutted sprite who was no more than three inches tall clothed in a black and white striped shirt and olive drab leggings.

“Crap, busted,” said the small creature in a New Jersey accent, but then he straightened up from the key board and flashed a smile of impressive, needle sharp teeth. “I’m the honorable Holden C. Krakenbusch,” he continued, “tooth faerie extraordinaire, Mid-Atlantic Region, specializing in reconnoissance and extraction.” Seth was confused because he had lost all of his baby teeth years ago and the intruder who seemed to sense this explained, “Contrary to popular belief, tooth faeries—named only for our magnificent sets of chompers—don’t collect teeth, and instead I’m here on a different kind of mission…” at which point he flew out the window waving a flash drive and yelled back, “identity theft!”

Got five sentences? Share them!

illustration by Andy Black

20 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Faeries

  1. I remember your story from before. The graphic you added cracks me up. Nice work. 🙂

  2. Oh that’s how they do it 🙂

  3. HA! What a fun, surprise ending. Dastardly little creature, isn’t he? Very fun take.

  4. This is a HOOT. New Jersey Fairy + identity theft = AWESOME. I mean, as long as he doesn’t come for me…. *shudder*

    Love this!

  5. Haha…this was fun. Nice twist. The cartoon was perfect. Got an even bigger chuckle. Thks for visiting me.

  6. I was laughing nearly from the first line of this. You’ve got great humor and your use of detail and style is immaculate. I loved this.

  7. Ah! This is excellent!!! So funny and unexpected. You painted the image so perfectly, he was dancing around in my mind even before I saw the picture 🙂

  8. That is utterly hilarious and the ending is great!
    Nice work once again.
    (PS : how do you do your artwork for these?)

    • Glad you liked it. We always think of faeries being good. It was fun turning the tables. The illustrations are original that I create digitally using Adobe Illustrator. I have been a graphic artist for over 30 years so it is nice having an outlet for my illustrations as well.

      • I was actually curious because I’ve been trying to teach myself how to do art, specifically comic(ish) art.
        Any suggestions? So far I’m just practicing really basic pencils and toe-touching photoshop.

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