The Late Knight

Princess Elissa leaned against the wall of the tower, bored and frustrated. When on earth would Sir Garth arrive? She glanced out the window, and spied the red dragon, circling lazily above the tower. There was no sign of the knight in the distance. Surely, he would have gotten her message about the rescue? Hadn’t her servant survived the journey?

It had been too long. She descended the stairs, summoned the rest of her army, and instructed the dragon to lead them in their march to rescue Prince Arnold. She’d backtrack to search for Sir Garth, just in case.


Inspired by this prompt from the Carrot Ranch Literary Community: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that “rethinks the hero.” Define the hero, comparing or contrasting to the classic definition. Break the mold. What happens to the hero in the cave? Is it epic or everyday? Is there resistance or acceptance? Go where the prompt leads!

12 thoughts on “The Late Knight

    1. Thanks!
      I’m not necessarily against the idea of a princess getting rescued, but against the idea that women have no agency and sit down waiting for help. I’m also very for more variety in the types of stories that we tell.

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  1. I like how you set the table with familiar dishes of a fairy tale — then the second paragraph yanks off the tablecloth, causing the dishes to tumble. Awesome that Elissa is leading the army to rescue the prince 🙂

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