‘Let me spin you a yarn,’ said the storyteller to the girl.

‘Once there was an young lady who sat with needle and thread,’ she began. ‘She sat all day darning all sorts of items from socks to sheets.

‘She took no money, but was grateful for gifts of thanks.

‘None of the villagers knew her well, but they all felt warmly towards her.

‘One day the village elder came to see her with his ceremonial robe in need of some repair.

‘When he arrived at her small dwelling, she was not in her chair, where she was usually to be found.

‘The alarm was raised, but despite a search, the lady was never seen in the village again.’

The girl waited. ‘What had become of her?’ she asked.

‘Why, she had come to the end of her thread and set off for a new life.’

‘Was that young lady you, Gran?’

The storyteller winked at the small girl and left her there as her name was announced:

‘This year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature…’

Copyright Yarnspinner

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story or poem in around 175 words, based on the weekly photo prompt. Thanks as always to the challenge host Priceless Joy. For more information visit HERE.

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27 responses to “THE YARN SPINNER”

  1. Great wee …err yarn 🙂
    Clever, and had a tinge of old school story telling to it


  2. Nice! Her new life seemed to have ended up working out well, being the recipient of Nobel Prize and all 😉

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    1. Seems she made the right choice.

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  3. What a lovely yarn you’ve spun here, Iain. And it’s a good thing her thread ran out. Here she is now, a Nobel Prize recipient. Well done, Gran 🙂


  4. Nice twist! There are many places and happenings – both happy and sad – vanished into oblivion, but which have left stories for us.

    Congratulations on the new book!

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  5. Job done she has moved on. Nice story.

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  6. The best reward ever for all her years of selfless work. Nice one Ian

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  7. I kept waiting for a fairytale ending in the traditional sense. Great modern twist.

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    1. Thank you, I don’t really write fairy tales, there is enough magic and strangeness in real life 🙂

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  8. Truly amazing Iain. Bought a smile on my face

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    1. Thank you Em, good to spread a smile 🙂

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  9. The hard part many ties is to know when the right time comes to cut the thread to begin another career.

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    1. Taking that brave first step is always difficult.

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  10. michael1148humphris Avatar

    Her Gran has many interesting stories to tell, so it is good that the Nobel people have rewarded her.

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    1. They are very fussy I hear!

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  11. Delightful Iain. Just got your book and I’m looking forward to reading it – hopefully, it’s your first step on your way to a Nobel Prize for Literature!

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    1. Fantastic – I’m not sure it’s going to be that, but so long as a few people enjoy reading, I’ll take that. Thank you for getting a copy and do let me know what you think with a little review!

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  12. It was nice to read a happy ending that was so perfect!

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    1. Thank you – it is nice to have a happy ending sometimes – I should write more of them!

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