Another 100 word fiction exercise for today. If you missed an earlier post such as “What age does to you“, the three rules for 100 word fiction are as follows:
- It must be 100 words or less.
- The prompt will be mentioned after the story.
- It must be written in under 30 mins and then it goes up onto a post as is, with no additional editing allowed, no pondering on it for a day or more.
Jack and the Beanstalk, revised
Jack and his mother, who he lived with, were poor. Jack was an idiot. He convinced his mum to sell their cow, then traded it for “magic” beans.
A few days later Jack climbed a large green twisted vine, outside a rich guys house. He climbed in a window, stole some gold, and a harp. The rich guy saw Jack from his security camera, recognising him as the kid who called him giant. He called the Police who promptly arrested Jack.
Jack got prison, but the rich guy bought Jack’s mother a new cow. Kids, crime does not pay.
Prompt: A Jack and the Beanstalk book my son has. It is a version for tots and misses out several “key” details such as the giant grinding bones to make his bread. Interesting in itself this part, as it was a fear many people had about bakers a century or two ago, that things were ground up and used as substitute flour, such as bones. However if you’ve ever tried to make fresh bread, you will be aware how accurate the ingredients have to be, with next to no leeway, otherwise the thing won’t end up in a manner resembling bread. Anyhoo, tangent aside, Jack basically climbs the beanstalk, steals from the sleeping giant, then returns to do the same the following day. This time the hen, or the harp, I forget which, wakes the giant. Jack scarpers sharpish and chops down the beanstalk so the giant cannot get down to him. In this version, Jack is therefore nothing more than a common thief stealing from the innocent giant. Might as well teach em young eh?
Lexicon word of the day: indenture.