Affairs of the State


“Do you really HAVE to go?” she asked tearfully.

“I don’t want to, but affairs of the State beckon. I’ll be back soon to pick you up, enjoy your time with your family till then,” I replied, wiping away the hint of a tear.

We kissed long and hard, and then, she jumped off the plane, and disappeared into the water.

I shook my head to get ahold of my emotions, and told the pilot, “Let’s go.”

The pilot asked, “Where to?”

I replied curtly, “To Cinderella, of course. We’ve already taken too much time in dropping off Ariel.”


99 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). To read many more 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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44 Responses to Affairs of the State

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Hi ho, hi ho. A fun story

  2. Ah, a fairy story. I wasn’t expecting that – well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Good fun – I hope he isn’t planning on cheating on Ariel with Cinders though! 😉

  4. Sandra says:

    Original take on the prompt.

  5. draliman says:

    A fairy tale in every port 🙂

  6. bearmkwa says:

    Unique. Good one.

  7. It’s a fairy tale world. Good story, Anurog. Using the basic plots of fairy tales you can write a lot of stories. Every once in a while I see a movie on TV that follows the basic plot of Cinderella but updates it. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

  8. plaridel says:

    in your dreams, ariel. 🙂

  9. Delightfully different! I’d never have come up with a fairy tale from that picture!

  10. Dear Anurag,

    Very clever twist on the old fairy tales. Well done.



  11. pennygadd51 says:

    I love fairy stories with a modern twist! Nice one, Anurag.

  12. Dale says:

    What a player!!
    That was so much fun.

  13. granonine says:

    A fun, whimsical twist on the fairy tales. Most enjoyable.

  14. Tannille says:

    This would make a great collection of stories!

  15. Nan Falkner says:

    Fantasy for sure – How clever this is – Ariel & Cinderella! FUNNY!

  16. Abhijit Ray says:

    So you were spending time between two princess? Plus you had a sea plane. I envy you.

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