King Midian and His Glove of Gold

An elven traveler grants a king a priceless power in return for an equally priceless treasure..

Music: “Exploration Mystery (loop)” by Albert Fernandez

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Video Description: “King Midian and His Glove of Gold” Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. “Exploration Mystery (loop)” by Albert Fernandez. Digital drawing. At center, the standing figure out a young woman made out of gold, facing left in three-quarters profile, with right arm outstretched in front of her, and left arm bent, and mouth parted. Another woman, in left profile facing left, has fallen to her knees and has her arms wrapped around the golden woman, head bent, eyes closed, and mouth hanging open. They are in a field or a garden of lavender and daisies.  A few flowers at the margins appear golden. The daylight sky overhead is full of wispy clouds. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale,” is displayed at middle. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “An elven traveler grants a king a priceless power in return for an equally priceless treasure.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Animated sparkles glint over the top half of the golden woman throughout. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “She is my firstborn heir. My only heir. What kind of life can he give you? Closed off and cloistered? Stuffed into corsets? I can give you a life of mischief and adventure. Who wears this glove can turn anything he possesses to gold… King Midian’s eyes shimmered… Anything?” Site URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the color fades from the image, the edges darken, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now”

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

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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.

Genre: Fairy Tale


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 9" and below it in larger font, "Wheel of Fiction."

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