Writing a sequel to a fairy tale is a hard act to pull off but in our latest story – After the Dragon – Tobias Backman manages it perfectly. As for his bio, he writes: Tobias Backman used to hate cliffhangers until... Find out what happened next and more at www.tobybackman.wordpress.com
After The Dragon
by Tobias Backman
The knight had found the secret lair, slain the dragon, and, despite burns and bleeding wounds, he’d rescued the princess, dragged her out of the cave seconds before it collapsed.
That should’ve been the hard part. From then on it was just marry the princess, inherit half the kingdom, and happily ever after. But nobody had warned him how much of a bother the princess was – eighteen years old and never heard the word no. Nobody had told him how hard it was to rule a kingdom: dodging arrows and training with sword and shield nine hours a day was nothing compared to managing inbred nobles and peasants who thought pigs a legitimate currency.
He probably should’ve asked himself, though, who was inheriting the other half of the kingdom. He should’ve wondered if there wasn’t a younger sibling, a prince who became sole heir when his sister was gone, a prince with a massive grudge now that his plans had been foiled. And he probably should’ve wondered if the prince wasn’t the type who’d poison his own family to get rid of a few obstacles.
Taking in the scene of his in-laws and wife sprawling with their faces planted in their soup, his own throat itching and burning, and the prince grinning at him from across the table, he definitely should’ve asked the cook who’d been helping out in the kitchen lately.
Here's an update on 2018 the SCI-FI-London 48 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge which is sponsored by Urban Fantasist – that's us! The entries are all in – and we have a shortlist of six, which is now in the hands of our judges.
Not only that but we also have a date and time for announcing the winner: The location is the Stratford Picturehouse in East London on Wednesday 2 May where, following a drinks reception from 7.00pm, the awards ceremony will start at 8.45pm.
Here is the Shortlist (in alphabetical order)...
All My Blood - Simon Bennett
My Electric Friend - Michael Adam Robson
Survival Mechanism - Natalie Dixon
The Charm - Bethan James
Timeless Classic - Mark Huntley-James
Windmills Turn - Sean Mason
And here is a short video about the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival this year...
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