The Morning After

The house looked impregnable at first glance.

My brother had tried his best to demolish it, but our enemies had outsmarted him comprehensively.

My eyes welled up with tears as I recalled the moment when I had received the news.

I didn’t even get to say goodbye to my kid brother.

If only he had taken my advice….

….and carried some C-4 with him, I thought to myself as I lined the front door with the plastic explosive.

Photo Copyright Sandra Crook

The three pigs were now slow-roasting in my custom-made wood-fired oven.

They should have known better than to eat a wolf.

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99 words.

This story is a combined entry for two challenges:

  1. Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story in less than 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. This week’s prompt was the photo of the log, contributed by Fandango.  For more information, visit HERE. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.
  2. Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a short story of 100 words or less, based on a photo prompt. This week’s photo of a destroyed house was contributed by Sandra Crook. To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

 

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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37 Responses to The Morning After

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Plastic explosives do make a difference to a fairy tale. I’m thinking Sleeoing Beauty. Jack and the Beanstalk

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house up with plastic explosives. This must be the R-rated version 🙂

  3. subroto says:

    Nicely done. A true bacon of hope after my own heart as I love twisting those fairy tales too. Those pigs were big hams anyway.

  4. Gosh, I had to read that a couple of times to decipher the tale woven from the two photos.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  5. pennygadd51 says:

    Took me a little while to understand that story, but I was entertained when I did. Updated fairy tales are great!

  6. draliman says:

    Mmm, exploded bacon 🙂

  7. Alice Audrey says:

    Did he die? Or just run home for more supplies before the job was done?

    • Hi Alice, This was a twist on the classic children’s tale of Three little pigs. The original story ended with the pigs surviving because the third pig had made a house of bricks, and so, the wolf huffed and puffed but couldn’t bring the house down. The pigs ultimately ate the wolf when he entered through the chimney and fell into a pot. This story starts the morning after, when the wolf’s brother returns to the pigs’ house for revenge, and blows it to smithereens with C-4, and then proceeds to roast the pigs and eat them. Phew.

  8. Liz Young says:

    The story was chilling and the link to The Three Little Pigs is very clever.

  9. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooo wow! A clever tale. That wolf is smarter than we have him credit for!

  10. Moon says:

    What a twist in the tale! 🙂 Very imaginative and well written, as always.

  11. plaridel says:

    sad story. it appears thare are no winners here. 😦

  12. Not sure if I got it Anurag. As I can’t recall the original story (so not your fault) 🙂

    • Hi, This was a twist on the classic children’s tale of Three little pigs. The original story ended with the pigs surviving because the third pig had made a house of bricks, and so, the wolf huffed and puffed but couldn’t bring the house down. The pigs ultimately ate the wolf when he entered through the chimney and fell into a pot. This story starts the morning after, when the wolf’s brother returns to the pigs’ house for revenge, and blows it to smithereens with C-4, and then proceeds to roast the pigs and eat them. Phew.

  13. Dear Anurag,

    Hell hath no fury like big bad wolf whose brother has been offed by three conniving pigs. Different twist. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  14. yarnspinnerr says:

    Very cleverly done.
    I am always impressed with people who can tackle two prompts with a single tale.

  15. rgayer55 says:

    Kids blow up so fast these days. I suggest he smoke them out. It will help with the flavoring too.

  16. I was somewhat confused also. Thanks for the explanation, Anurag. Good writing except for the confusion. 🙂 — Suzanne

  17. And in the end the wolf won… I wonder if the pig’s siblings will come back.

  18. Good twist on the tale Anurag. Revenge of the wolf.

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