Far Fetched Fables No. 95 Aidan Moher and Kat Otis

Flash Fiction: “An Old Warrior’s Final Countdown” by Kat Otis


(Originally published at Every Day Fiction.com.)





Ten spiraling stone steps led down to the dungeon. I dashed down them, the flames of the wall sconces wavering with the wind of my passage. Although I still held my sword at the ready, I found no one left to fight. When I reached the bottom, I sheathed my sword and drew my lock-picks instead.


Nine brave warriors had given their lives to get me this far. One by one they had fallen to our enemies’ arrows and bolts, spears and axes, swords and daggers. If the tower had been better defended, we would never have stood a chance. But if the tower had been better defended, more obviously significant, it also wouldn’t have taken us so long to find.


Eight weeks it took, for me to realize this squalid tower on the edge of the king’s... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy