An elven traveler grants a king a priceless power in return for an equally priceless treasure..
Music: “Exploration Mystery (loop)” by Albert Fernandez
Welcome to Year 9 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. This year, I will turn the Wheel of Fiction to help me decide what to write. There are thirteen spokes on this wheel. Eight are occupied by the eight themes from the previous years of stories. One is a prompt to turn the wheel again. One is a wildcard (hmm…curious). And three are covered only in question marks. I suppose I’ll find out what’s beneath those questions as we go along.
Welcome to the WHEEL OF FICTION
The Wheel of Fiction landed on Prompts. And this is one of those times when I had recently come up with the notion of doing my version of the King Midas story. As it so happened, I landed on a prompt that would allow me to do just that: Finish the sentence, “I wish I could…”
The king in this story doesn’t say those words aloud. But it’s clear when he sees the magic glove of gold that he wishes for that power. No questions asked. No thought to the consequences to those around him—whether for good, or for ill. Is blood more precious than gold, as the elven traveler suggests? Is anything more precious than both?
Source: A Writer’s Year: 365 Creative Prompts
Video Description: Duration, 7 seconds. Choice wheel made on the Spin the Wheel application. Thirteen spokes or slices in various colors, labeled as follows, clockwise from the top: Objects of Power (the “of Power” is not visible), Prompts, Definitions, Turn Again, Elements, Creatures, S.T.E.A.M., Wildcard, Revisitation, Music, Challenge, Draw!!!, Traveler. The title at top reads “The Wheel of Fiction V4” and below that the words “Spin the wheel.” Below that is a label on left, “Spin date: 8/3/22,” and a label at right, “Story: 8/7/22.” At top left corner is a flag icon labeled with the letter “F.” This represents a function of the application which interferes with true randomness by reducing the probability of receiving the same choice twice in a row. The wheel turns and lands on PROMPTS. As the wheel stops spinning, a golden crown appears at the center of the wheel and itself starts spinning on its central axis, and towers of gold coins appear at bottom.
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