Friday Fictioneers: Entrance Exam

What is Friday Fictioneers? Every week, anyone who wants to participate is challenged to write a short-short story (100 words is the goal length) based on a prompt from our kind hostess Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

This time, the Friday Fictioneers prompt is intriguing (I think) just because it’s so bare. It demands that you use your imagination…

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Entrance Exam

Entering the College of Wizards: “Each door hides magic. Those who can see may learn.”

Room after room – bare walls, empty floors. The end of the hallway. The end of a dream, the end of hope. A stern-faced figure met her. “Describe.”

“The first room – nothing special, just pixies riding unicorns. Second, a sleeping dragon. Third, hard to describe – I saw its floorboards as trees and seeds too, all at once. Fourth…” She was hoarse when she finished.

The wizard smiled. “Well said.”

Only – she’d failed. She didn’t belong here. “Wait. I saw nothing. I made it all up.”

“Welcome, then!”

“What?”

“So much invention shows you’re driven and imaginative. Ready to learn.”

“I saw nothing.”

“We know; we built the test. Magic is power – only fools teach it to liars. Hurry, your first class starts at noon.”

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What do you think of this one? Please tell me!

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35 responses to “Friday Fictioneers: Entrance Exam

  1. I liked this one. Honesty is rewarded and with magic! Who could ask for more?

  2. Way to go, Sharon! It was magical.

  3. Nice twist. Very clever 🙂

  4. Oh I love it, she well and truly passed the test and deserves her place!

  5. That is the way to go. First lie and then admit to it. Though the pixies riding unicorns would be nice to see.

  6. i thought it was wonderful…full of imagination 🙂

  7. i like the idea that she was willing to admit that she made it up, which is what they wanted to hear. weed out the phonies. nice job.

  8. This was a very honest and bright tale that had the ring of a fable and a lesson for us all. Well done.

    Aloha,

    Doug

  9. Lovely tale; it had a kind of feel-good factor too, with the main character being extremely likeable. Good work.

  10. Dear Sharon,
    I love it that when push comes to shove the MC admits that she saw nothing. Honest. Love it that it’s a fable for writers. If we don’t see it, we invent it. A job well done.
    Shalom,
    Rochelle

    • Once in a while, you have to have a story where the good folks win, if only to keep your readers guessing! 😉 But yeah, really I was in the mood for a happy ending, and I think she’s earned one. (And maybe if wizardry doesn’t work out after all, she’ll move on to fiction…)

      Thanks, Rochelle – I’m glad you like this one!

  11. Aw, I’m glad she got in. I’d love to hear more of her story! She seems like a charming MC!

  12. Ah, I posted too soon. Something in your MC’s frank dialogue reminds me a little of someone, and I just figured out who – Lloyd Alexander’s Eilonwy! (http://heritage.helical-library.net/eilonwy/quotes.asp) If you haven’t read The Prydain Chronicles, you really ought to!

  13. Liars don’t need magic. They can getaway without it.. But honest people… Who knows how many bullets they have to dodge. Magic would definitely help. Good work.

  14. Liars will steal if they learn magic. Nicely told. 🙂

  15. Hi Sharon – I’m not even halfway through reading but this is a favorite so far. Loved the image of pixies riding unicorns. Honesty is the way to go.

    • Oh, thank you! I imagine the pixies perched on the unicorns’ withers (being way too small for saddle and stirrups) and clutching the unicorns’ manes to keep their balance. Honestly. 😉

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