“Warts, and All” – Friday Fictioneers

Yes, folks, it’s that time again, the weekly Friday Fictioneers courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  100(ish)-word microfiction based on a photo prompt.   Here’s my latest humble submission to this fun challenge, entitled, “Warts, and all.”


kent-bonham“I don’t wanna.  Girls are icky.”

The young frog prince stared dolefully out between the pale green shutters of the Frog Palace at the group of village girls lined up at the gate below, his wide, flat lips pursed into a petulant frown.

His mother just smiled. “Sweetheart, you know it’s the rules.  Every year on your birthday, you have to be kissed by girls from the kingdom to see if it will break the spell.”

At nine years old, he just didn’t understand the appeal.  “Why?  I like being a frog. It’s fun. More fun than kissing a bunch of stupid girls.”

His mother just laughed.  “That’s what your father thought, too.”  She leaned over, gently kissed his bumpy, green head and whispered, ”But I changed his mind about that, didn’t I?”

“Harrumph.  Icky.”


24 thoughts on ““Warts, and All” – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Steve,
    I’m so glad you dropped by with this delightfully twisted fairy tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it!’

  2. Sandra says:

    Lovely! A really different take on the prompt. Well done.

  3. That was very enjoyable! Reminds me of the good old days when our girls said they didn’t like boys. We were hoping they’d hold that thought for a good many years, but alas, it was not to be! 🙂


  4. Shreyank says:

    funny 🙂 great story

  5. wart a great story!!!!

  6. Too cute..! A wonderful read. I felt as though I was in the middle of a novel. I knew how it had begun, and wanted more… Thank You.. 🙂

  7. Catherine Louise Gurganus says:

    Love it!

  8. Parul says:

    That’s quite a spin!
    Love your story for its novelty. Very cute piece!
    I had never seen a frog in that light before. Lol

  9. Linda Vernon says:

    Haha! Sweet and funny! Loved it! 😀

  10. Penny L Howe says:

    Highly original and great fun. A great take on the prompt, very enjoyable!

  11. sandraconner says:

    Lovely fairy tale and very creative take on this prompt. I too find the building to be something more fitting for toads than people.

  12. Haha! I have to say I really enjoyed that one a lot. Especially by contrast of the depressing and horrifying takes I just got done reading (though they were great, too); made it feel like a breathe of fresh air. Just some honest and enjoyable fun. Thanks!

  13. Oh, I love this little fairytale. 🙂

  14. I feel for the King, bless his bumpy green head!

  15. troy P. says:

    Such a delightful angle – loved it!

  16. Of course, maybe it’ll go the other way and he’ll turn some lucky girl into a frog too. Hmm, maybe I stole that from Frog Princess.

  17. elappleby says:

    Brilliant! Lovely! I can totally imagine a young boy frog not being willing to be kissed. Great stuff 🙂

  18. Ah those genes… of course that is how it would work.. and being kissed can be icky… can’t anyone find him a proper frog – girl.?

  19. Sandra says:

    Very imaginative and very funny 🙂

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