Look Before You Leap #flashfiction

February 4, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that features a substitution. How might a character or situation be impacted by a stand-in? Bonus points for fairy tale elements. Go where the prompt leads.

Look Before You Leap – by Hugh W. Roberts

For hundreds of years, all had been well in the Kingdom of Princess Glitter Reins. Until the morning of her 42nd birthday.

“Do-be-do-do-do,” she sang while looking in the bathroom mirror.

“I’m so happy, happy, happy, and gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous,” she told her reflection. “Nothing can go wrong today,” she purred while grabbing a can of deodorant and spaying under both arms.

“Ohhhhh, that feels peculiar, but smells familiar.”

Turning the can around, the princess’s reflection looked horrified as the words ‘Hair lacquer’ met her eyes. Who the heck had substituted her deodorant for a can of hair lacquer?


Image credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.

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53 thoughts on “Look Before You Leap #flashfiction

  1. Reminds me of a time a Boss Lady hearing I was having difficulties at home invited me to live with her – but she said without her glasses she was sort of blind and that I wasn’t to be moving her things around. I never did take her up on her offer. Hmmm… a naught knave. He might not like being pranked back!

    1. What a strange thing for her to have said to you, Jules. I’m not surprised you never took up that offer.
      I think it was the knave too. Reminds me a little of some of the pranks I used to play on my unsuspecting parents.

      1. My family is involved with the Volunteer Fire service (Those guys love to prank!)

        When one of the ‘guys’ got married he was so afraid of being pranked on his honeymoon night that he made three different hotel reservations! Well that’s what he said anyway 😉

      1. LOL Hugh. Omg, please don’t. Let’s just say I may have done that yearsssssss ago, kinda feels like superglue under the pits. Immediate rinse, don’t try this at home! LOL 🙂 xx

  2. The butler did it, in the library, with the candlestick!
    Sounds like she deserved the prank…hope she finally got the joke…or the hint!

  3. LOL Well done, Hugh! I haven’t done quite that, but I have grabbed a tube of hand cream thinking it was the toothpaste! Thank goodness I realized it before my teeth became as soft as velvet! Hahahaha Cher xoxoxo

  4. That’s so funny, Hugh. I wonder who she’ll find to blame. It couldn’t have been herself, of course. I wonder will her arms be stuck up all day.

    1. I’m sure she’s already done that, Erika. After all, a princess must always look her best. A bit like the actresses in the old movies where they get out of bed after a good night’s sleep, and every hair would still be in place. Plus, still with all their makeup on.

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