Friday Fictioneers : There’s a Troll Lives There

Thanks to Piya Singh for this week's photo prompt.

Thanks to Piya Singh for this week’s photo prompt.



‘There’s a troll lives there.’ Thomas points with a grubby digit.

The mill race is little more than a trickle. Ferns ruffle its edges and moss softens the tumbled stones.

Sarah shakes her head. ‘No room. Trolls is taller’n you sitting on my shoulders.’

Thomas isn’t sure how Sarah has learned this tantalising fact, but she’s older by eighteen months, so perhaps this kind of knowledge comes with age.

‘Wanna go down anyway?’ says Thomas.

Sarah shrugs. She prefers butterflies and sunlit meadows to cold damp hollows.

In the darkness, the creature holds its breath.


Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. See the (gorgeous) pic and write a story of 100 words to go with it. Full Ts and Cs here.

41 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers : There’s a Troll Lives There

      1. Haha! Quite right. Though as a creature of magic, perhaps they can hide their large bulk under the smallest bridge … Best to avoid, just in case 🙂

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  1. I think that I may know this particular troll, if so he is a grand old chap, as long as you don’t mention that he smells dreadfully. Problem is that he has no teeth and so only eats snails cooked in Old Peculiar. 😋😋😋


  2. “In the darkness, the creature holds its breath.” Whoomp! You got me by the scruff of the neck at that point, after all of that lovely, innocent back-and-forth between the two!
    Beautiful dialogue and characterization.
    I LOVE this story.


    1. Thanks Maria. I like the idea of a bit of both, really. A nice bit of creepiness is fun – as long as there are no trolls waiting to eat me, of course 🙂 Thanks for reading.


  3. Heheh I love your little fairy tale! I think Sarah is making stuff up as she goes along. I contemplated a troll living in the cottage too, but thought against it. Hehe

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    1. Wow! Must have a troll-esqu atmosphere to it, that place 🙂 Sarah may well be making it up as she goes along – only time will tell … 🙂


  4. You had me with “Troll” in the title! 🙂

    Exciting and scary. Just how I like my stories. I see this ending with either two very frightened but wiser people or a troll with a nice, full belly. (Is it bad that I’m sort of rooting for the troll? I mean, they have to eat too, right?)

    Great job, Lynn.

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    1. Thank you. Absolutely. If the kids escape, bad luck for the next goat that comes along, but if the kids are eaten, well, you have to think of the troll babies that need feeding too 🙂 Glad you liked it

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  5. Another great read. I think Sarah will agree to go to in, but hang back, and run away at the last minute, leaving her brother to his fate, because there’s chocolate cake at home and she wants all of it 🙂

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    1. Haha! Had a few responses rooting for the troll. Maybe he has a family to feed – babies going hungry for want of human children to eat. There’s always another side 🙂 Thanks for reaing

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