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When I got the prompt – “I think I preferred your old hobby.” – for this story on Cracked Flash Fiction Competition on 11 June 2016, I had no idea what I was going to write. Perhaps all the pictures of cats were making me a little delusional… Then I had a look at a folder filled with pics and phrases I keep for inspiration.

spooky forest

At least I had a setting. Then I saw the dress…

dress used for misty knives

Though I have no idea where I’d gotten this image, I just knew that it was the right dress for my assassin to wear. (Yeah, between the spooky forest and the dress I just knew it had to be an assassin story. And, of course, the vision of Geena Davis throwing knives in A Long Kiss Goodnight kept flickering into my mind’s eye.)

And it was a good combination.

My story won Honourable Mention too. FYI, dauphin is the crown prince of France 😉


Misty Knives

By Ronel Janse van Vuuren

‘I think I preferred your old hobby,’ the dauphin said drolly.

I looked at him surprised. I hadn’t even noticed that he was still there.

‘I should have known that you chose that dress for reasons other than being my princess for the night.’ Amusement twinkled in his eyes.

To read this story and others like it, get Twisted Tales now. https://www.books2read.com/u/m2v961

Twenty-four flash fiction tales filled with folklore and mythology, creeping in on the edges of nightmares, and twisting around the various sub-genres of fantasy.

twisted tale tuesday image

So, what did you think? Do you like my twist on assassins and royalty? Do you think this is set in actual pre-revolution France (historical) or in a far-off land (fantasy)?


“Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which, if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare.” – H.F. Hedge

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