The Royal Bodyguard

The sword almost slipped from his hand, as his opponent feinted sharply. He was weary with exhaustion, but giving up was not an option.

Giving up meant breaking the trust of the king who had made him his royal bodyguard.

And so, he dug deep into the inner recesses of his soul, and attacked, one last time.

A fountain of blood spurted out, followed by a cry that shook the palace to its core.

And as he looked in alarm at the king’s bloodied nose, and the triumphant fly flitting about, all that the monkey could say was, “Oops!”


99 words.

Written as a part of Charli Mills’ Carrot Ranch April 25: Flash Fiction Challenge

Note: This is my take on an ancient Indian tale, from a brilliant collection of folklore called the Panchtantra, written centuries ago. These are stories about talking animals, magic, seers and curses, and adventure galore, but each tale has a moral embedded into it. Here’s the original story, for those interested:


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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9 Responses to The Royal Bodyguard

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Thank you for the wonderful introduction to the Panchtantra.

  2. Yes, it was worth the visit to the other site for this gem:
    The wise indeed say:
    Beware of a foolish friend. He can cause you more harm than your enemy.

    Isn’t that what parents try to tell their middle school kids? We’re usually with a friend when we get in trouble, especially when younger.
    Or maybe some don’t need friendly influences to be foolish. Don’t use a sword for flies and don’t shoot at mice inside a tin house. (so sayeth Rico Chet`)

  3. Jules says:

    A wonderful introduction to stories from your neck of the woods – so to speak.
    Even a fly swatter could have caused a nasty bruise!
    Thanks for the link 🙂

  4. Pingback: Exhaustion « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  5. Charli Mills says:

    Oops! Fun take on the Panchtantra!

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