Always Read the Rules

Posted: July 29, 2015 in Friday Fictioneers

I’ve tried to go light with this 99 word Friday Fictioneers story. A little fun ~ except for the poor guy at the end. But that’s what happens when you judge certain types of contests, yes?

PHOTO PROMPT © G.L. MacMillan.

“Gobbledy-gook.” Giselle slams her pot on the stove. “Rainier will not win.” From the shelf she pulls the biggest brown bottle, the smallest green vial and the gold-tinted jar. “Nor will Beatrice.”

Two teaspoons lung wort, dash of spider’s veins, lump of powdered bear claw, five drops spring water.

Giselle wiggles, waiting for the judges. Beatrice’s entry is first. Poof her judge transforms into a lightening bug.

Rainier’s turn. Phish her judge morphs into a cerulean blue butterfly.

“I’m going to win!” CRACK the final judge explodes.

It is only then Giselle reads the sign No Oblivion Potions Allowed.

  1. Melanie says:

    Oh no! Oops. That always seems to be the way when winning takes control – you lose.

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  2. k rawson says:

    What kind of contest doesn’t permit oblivion potions? 😉

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  3. Its really not her fault. The judges should have made sure the contestants knew the rules BEFORE the judging.


  4. Sandra says:

    Maybe she could whip up an antidote? Just thinking out loud… Nice take Alicia.


  5. Quite hard to judge a contest when you’ve been blasted to oblivion, or when you’re a butterfly come to that. Lovely story!

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  6. She also failed to realize that no one would be left to judge her entry. There’s no potion to prevent stupidity.

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  7. I thought I recognised that recipe – a distant cousin of that in MacBeth. Tough being a judge in these competitions.

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  8. wildbilbo says:

    Ah, sweet oblivion.:)
    Nicely done.

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  9. draliman says:

    Such a shame – it was an awesome potion! Great story 🙂


  10. Dear Alicia,

    You blast the judge into oblivion, you lose. Your story’s a winner, thought. 😉




  11. Ups, that happens to me all the time. Excellent story!!!

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  12. MrBinks says:

    Great fun! 🙂

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  13. Dale says:

    Fun stuff! One should truly look at the signs before entering… (It’s how I almost drowned in Mexico! We went in on the wrong side of the beach so we didn’t see the severe undertow warnings… Needless to say, I go in the main entrance now!)

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  14. Heeheee! Overly competitive witch sounds about normal.


  15. gahlearner says:

    Poor Giselle now will be disqualified, after all that effort. Who made these rules? Fun story, I love the potion ingredients in the pretty bottles.

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  16. Too funny – but I’ve done that before, not blown up the judge, just forgot to read the rules. Pretty much disqualified before I even started. Damn rules!

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  17. micklively says:

    Is there a disqualification spell available?
    Good piece.

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  18. OH and she tried so hard really! Funny.

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  19. rgayer55 says:

    That sounds like something I’d do. Wait until the contest is over to read the submission rules. This one cracked me up, Alicia.

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  20. Always read the labels carefully, first! Very fun, Alicia!

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  21. yarnspinnerr says:

    Oblivion potion. Great take on this one.

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  22. ceayr says:

    Good story, but leaves me wondering where they find the judges…


  23. Ula says:

    What a fun story. They should make them read the rules and sign something, especially when they don’t allow oblivion potions.

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  24. Hahaha! what a fun story 🙂

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  25. Those oblivion potions are so tempting but they’ll get you every time. A truly fun story and a great use of the prompt.

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  26. Creatopath says:

    Great story. Enjoyed the ending.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Margaret says:

    Lots of fun. I love your ideas and characters.


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