Weltchys Notebook

Part Time Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Hopefully a blog for Stories, both Long and Short

A Bard’s Tale


Below is my 100 word (ish) submission to the Friday Fictioneers. Photo prompt this week is courtesy of Björn Rudberg

As always, comments are appreciated. I try to read everyone’s submission, but with submissions reaching triple digits each week, it’s sometimes difficult to get round to each one. Therefore, I tend to read those who I follow, or who like / comment my story. And finally, I also try for a random selection from the list.

The Friday Fictioneers are a friendly group of online writers from all over the globe who endeavour to create short but fantastical tales with which to enthral and inspire both reader and writer alike. The genres and styles of writing are varied, so there is something for everyone to be found within its midst.

Copyright - Björn Rudberg

A Bard’s Tale

“Robrecht, tell us a story!”

Hoisting a flagon, Vardak’s gravelly shout was slurred, but still carried an air of authority.

As one, those huddled round the campfire mimicked their commander, a show of camaraderie not lost on Vardak.

Across from him, the bard strummed a few chords before swigging the last of his ale. Ever the showman, Robrecht waited, his audience growing rowdy with anticipation.

“A story it is”, he began loudly, Robrecht’s voice carrying a note of inspiration, “one of heroes…honour…and glorious battle.”

As the story unfolded, Vardak pondered what tomorrow would bring. With morning light, they faced overwhelming odds, and a battle they could not survive. Still, the night was young; time enough for miracles.


Author: Weltchysnotebook

Part Time writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy, both long and short!

26 thoughts on “A Bard’s Tale

  1. Oh, I can smell smoke, see men in capes and firs. I, too, fear the morning. Bring on the bard. Well, done.

  2. Took me a few to find the comment link. I really enjoyed reading your story. It strikes at the bard within us all. 🙂

  3. The detail invested in the scene, the characters and the behaviour of the group certainly paid out here. I felt I could have been there. Well done.

  4. This is really lovely, yet with that undertone of anticipation of unease about what the next day will bring.

  5. I can picture the scene so well.

  6. I read lots of historical fiction and this could easily be snippet from any of them. The oral tradition was alive and well and enjoyed by so many then. Well done. You might want to add an apostrophe in the title above the story. The little rascal managed to escape.


  7. Hope the bard can conjure up the miracle. Sounds like they need a bit of a hand. Great names.

  8. Well done. Great little story. I’m hoping for a miracle for them all 🙂

  9. I agree with the comments made. You took us to the group round the fire of the past and we heard the bard in person. Great story. 🙂 This would be a great beginning for a longer story. 🙂

  10. Dear Weltchy,

    I could hear, see and feel the atmosphere you created. Enjoyable and well done.



  11. The tension of the morning is so tight… but with stories and music … miracles can happen

  12. Dear Weltchysnotebook, very cute story and well done. Hope they get a miracle! Nan 🙂

  13. Such great scene setting 🙂

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