The Gingerbread Guard

A town targeted by a warlord is defended by an unexpected army of…well, I’m sure you can guess.

This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.

Who can withstand the cudgel and sword?

Only the men of the Gingerbread Guard.

This story is connected to the Year Five story entitled “I Dreamed A Cookie,” in which a baking contest finalist takes inspiration from a locked-in-a-bakery-overnight dream.

In this new story, I just took inspiration from the baked goods part of the previous story to write an inspiring holiday tale. So naturally the first thing that came to mind was gingerbread cookies. What if a town had a tradition for every household to bake as many gingerbread men as they could on the longest night of winter, and set them along the windows, so they could keep watch over the night? But how did this tradition start?

[Video description: No sound. Duration is 11 seconds. Digital drawing of a partial view through a window. Lined along the inside, looking out are four gingerbread men.  Three of them are iced with decoration and look angry. The fourth is smiling.  In the window’s reflection is a giant gingerbread man wreaking havoc. His arms are raised and fingers curled down with menace. He is breathing fire down onto the ground. The words “Short Story” are displayed, centered and in all caps, in front of the image. As the video progresses, the words “Fairy Tale” appear below them. All the words fade away as the flames flicker. The story’s title “The Gingerbread Guard” appear one word at a time.  They vanish one word at a time.  The website name “” zooms into view.]

Genre: Fairy Tale


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