In a realm where the learned are held at the highest esteem, a fool is called upon to challenge a trickster.
Music: “Mystical Town” by Chris Logsdon
[Video Description: “Only Fools Prevail” Trailer. Duration, 34 seconds. Music, “Mystical Town” by Chris Logsdon. Digital drawing. A composite image of two faces with a soft diagonal border between them, cutting from bottom left to top right. At top seen in left profile is a face looking down and having a pleasant almost smiling expression, short curly hair, and a high loose collar with edges curling down. At bottom is a face in three-quarters profile facing right, looking forward with a distant almost dreamy expression, short wavy hair, and a straight collar. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale,” is displayed at top. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “In a realm where the learned are held at the highest esteem, a fool is called upon to challenge a trickster.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “‘I visit you because I am curious.’ ‘I think it’s because you want to be the first trickster who understands a fool.’ The trickster laughed. ‘My dear Sovereign, no one amuses me as you do. But I must tell you. To a trickster, everyone is a fool.’” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”]
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 Challenge. So I decided to write a story where the character faces a challenge. And the trick would be that they were too foolish to face it, but face it they must, for it was a challenge at which only fools prevail.
[Video Description: Duration, 8 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 the date of the spin, 4/30/2022. 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 Turn Again, turns again and lands on CHALLENGE. As the wheel stops spinning, spiderweb shapes appear at the bottom right and top left corners and flutter.]
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