Flash Fiction #68



It was a dark and stormy night when Sir Lilliput, King Arthur’s smallest knight requested shelter at the country inn, though he admitted “I fear I have no coin to pay.”

Being a dwarf, he’d had the blacksmith forge a child-sized suit of armor, but was too small for a charger. Instead, he saddled and rode a huge Flemish Mastiff.

A regular customer asked why the innkeeper fed him and his mount, and complained that he always demanded cash on the barrelhead of them.

“Look at the weather outside. I wouldn’t send a Knight out on a dog like that.”


Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

21 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #68

  1. draliman says:

    Ha ha, nicely twisted, very clever 🙂


  2. Well done, Snoopy.




    • Archon's Den says:

      You (kiddingly, I hope) chastised me for using that ‘dark and stormy night’ line to begin a writer’s block excuse submission a while ago, but I saw that photo, and just couldn’t resist using it again. I’ll try to get back to real fiction prose next week. 🙂


      • I once used the same line to start out a writer’s block story. But then there was your punchline….they’re only old if you’ve heard them. 😉 All in all, I got a big kick out of it.


  3. BrainRants says:

    You need an ironic trombone sound to play at the end. Very punny.


  4. micklively says:

    An old joke, well told. LOL.


  5. mjlstories says:

    I love a sweet silly shaggy dog tail.


    • Archon's Den says:

      The daughter studied as a veterinary assistant, and is deeply involved with house-pet animals. I must have drawn from some deep unconscious, obtained by mental osmosis. I only researched Flemish Mastiffs after I’d posted this story – and was amazed to find they actually exist. 😯


  6. Dale says:

    Laughing… fun stuff!


  7. Awww…. Poor Sir Lilliput. And why is a dog a lesser creature than a horse?


  8. Hilarious, Archon. Great twist at the end. Well done. 😀 — Suzanne


  9. Archon's Den says:

    You should have a look at my shaggy-dog story file. If you’d like, here’s one I published a couple of years ago. It’s hard to stretch one out with only 100 words. The son has a matched-set of two. The first one isn’t funny, but the second one has the punch line to the first which is a groaner. 😯


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