A tale of yore

for Sunday Photo Fiction



Some say dragons live in them there woods. Some say they come out at night while we’re a-slumbering and swoop and glide when we don’t see.

Twas a few years ago it happened. Ole’ Albert was the woodkeeper as was his Pa before him and his Pa too. He lodged in the crooked stone cottage at the wood’s edge. He tended the trees, befriended the wildlife and cared for the creatures of the undergrowth.

One night, late one night, he was awoken by the smell of smoke. He heard crackling. He flung back the night blind and stared from the window at a wall of flame. He rushed outside and tugged the rope on the firebell.

Folk from across the village hurried to the scene clutching buckets and hoses. By daybreak, the inferno was tamed and much of the woodland saved. Some said they heard a distant rumble of laughter, dragon laughter. Some claimed the beasts had breathed their fiery breath upon the trees to remind folk the woodland was theirs.

Sometimes the trees sway on the stillest of days. Tis them dragons flapping their wings some say. The dragons that still live in them there woods.



Word count 197

I also partook last time the photo prompt appeared. My story is right here  – I am Ready

192-02-february-19th-2017Thanks to Susan Spaulding for hosting Sunday Photo Fiction and to A Mixed Bag for the photo.3

16 thoughts on “A tale of yore

    • Keith's Ramblings May 6, 2019 / 10:05

      It’s the territory rather than the trees they’re interested in! Cheers Mimi.


  1. Graham Lawrence May 6, 2019 / 11:32

    Nice ambiance. Nice lilting pace. Well done 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. ceayr May 6, 2019 / 22:20

    Aarrh, that be reet fine lil tale you be written there, Keith. guid stuff that be

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jules May 7, 2019 / 14:21

    There’s many a mystery in the woods. I recently was able to watch the movie ‘Pete’s Dragon’ – A lovely tale of a tail.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Natasha May 8, 2019 / 07:53

    Aha! Enter the dragon.
    Nice tale, love the imageries it conjured up.
    Have a great week Keith.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Trudy May 8, 2019 / 23:28

    I enjoyed your posts immensely. I like your writing style!

    I wonder if you might have received more comments than you realize… there were several comments I made during the challenge that disappeared without a trace. They showed on my end that they posted, but when I returned later, they were no where to be found. So I wonder if that happened to other commenters too.

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    • Keith's Ramblings May 9, 2019 / 09:27

      Thanks for your kind words and your feedback Trudy. Firstly, I really appreciated your regular visits to my site. I can’t explain where your comments went, it’s not something I’m aware of in relation to my blog although I have experienced myself when commenting on other folks WordPress sites. I’ll start searching!


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