LOCKSLEY

The priest held the heavy wooden chest tightly as the carriage bumped along the path. The coachman whipped the horses, travelling at breakneck speed.

They emerged from the forest and the pace relaxed. Out from the cover of the trees, no-one would dare ambush them now. The wheels rattled as they ran over the cobbled stones onto the bridge that led into the fort.

Just as the priest began to relax there was a jolt, an anguished cry from the horses, and the coach slammed into the side of the bridge before coming to a halt. Still clinging to the chest, the priest looked up.

‘Good evening to you, Father.’ The man wearing a hood said. ‘I don’t think the congregation will be happy that their hard earned offerings are going straight into the Sheriff’s coffers, do you?’

The priest gulped. The man took the chest from him.

‘You can tell the Sheriff that it was his old friend, Locksley of the Hood.’

With that he was gone and there was only silence on the bridge.


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© Joy Pixley

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story, in around 150 words based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

37 responses to “LOCKSLEY”

  1. Nice turn round Iain. Always liked Locksley of the hood .

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    1. Thanks Shehanne, same here, worthy of a longer story but this will do for now!

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  2. Amazing story! I love Robin Hood!

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    1. Thanks, didn’t think he would still be so popular, but glad others like it too 🙂

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  3. A brilliant take. Most of us like Robin Hood.

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    1. Many thanks, it seems so 🙂

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  4. Loved the medieval take on the prompt. Really nice.

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    1. Thanks Joy, nice to try something a bit different 🙂

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  5. I really enjoyed your story. Great writing 🙂

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  6. A very interesting piece that makes you want more! A great take on the prompt.

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  7. Great story, Iain! Loved the story and the tension build-up!

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  8. Great take on the photo, Iain — I always love a good Robin Hood tale! Take that, crooked priest!

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    1. Ha, thanks Joy, glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  9. Descriptions are so vivid… As if we are watching a film! Great take on the prompt Iain! And we all love Robin Hood!

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  10. Yes! I love Robin Hood! Great tale! 🙂

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    1. I had no idea he would be so popular! Many thanks 🙂

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  11. Always love a champion of the underdogs! Thanks for the read 🙂

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  12. Oh I loved this very much.

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    1. Thank you very much 🙂

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  13. suspenseful ride across the bridge. like the justice served at the end!

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  14. Thievery is not good, but in this case, exception to the rule is great! Love your take on the Robin Hood tale. 🙂

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  15. Love the Robinhood take! So fun!

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  16. Well done! A perfect tale to read aloud.
    Ellespeth

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  17. That was a perfect tale. I could imagine the priest gulp 🙂

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