Ethelbert The Wise And The Old Assassin By Jacqueline Miller

Here is my story for day 9 of the Flash Fiction writing challenge that I’m participating in on Mythic Scribes. I wrote two stories for this one as I found it quite difficult. I’ll post the second one at the end of this one, although I wrote it first. The second one is very short!

I hope you enjoy reading them!


Day 9-Assassin Prompt-Write a story about an assassin’s last job before retiring

Ethelbert the Wise and The Old Assassin by Jacqueline Miller

(460 words)

“And so,”Ethelbert the Wise, was saying, “the king would like you to repair this cabinet.”

“Bit of a mess, ain’t it?” said the carpenter. “Cor! What ‘appened ‘ere? Looks like it’s been


“It’s from dragon fire,” Ethelbert explained, beginning to feel irritated.

He’d spent all morning interviewing carpenters and goldsmiths in the throne room without

any help or support from the King.

The artisan scratched his head.

“Ooh, that’s going to cost ya. We always charge double to repair stuff wot’s been damaged

by dragon fire.”

Ethelbert made a face. The man, who was short and stout with a ruddy complexion, stared

back at him, then pointed a grimy finger at the Royal Adviser’s charred and ragged beard.

“You look like you need repairing from the dragon fire, yourself!”

Ethelbert made a mental note to tell King Norbit not to employ this man. He disliked people

who made personal comments. Besides, he felt his services would not be cheap.

“Thank you. Just write your estimate in the Royal Book of Quotes over there and I’m sure

the Master of the Royal household will be in touch.”

“And who might that be?” asked the man.

“Oh, never you mind!” Ethelbert replied. “Just don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

“Is that so?” said the man. “Right. Well, here’s my card, anyway.”

Ethelbert took the card. On it, in bright red ink, was written,

“Ade’s Assassins! No Job Too Small.”

Ethelbert began to splutter with surprise.

“Assassins? But I’m looking for a carpenter!”

“Oops, sorry, wrong card!” The man snatched it back and handed Ethelbert a card printed in

brown ink.

“Ade’s Carpenters! No Job Too Small.”

If Ethelbert’s eyebrows had not been burnt off by the dragon fire he would have raised them


“I like to keep myself versatile,” the man explained. “I retired from being an Assassin last

month after my last job. I found it too emotionally draining.”

“Indeed,” Ethelbert said.

“Although, of course if the King required my services, I’d be more than ‘appy to ‘elp.”

“Thank you. I’ll keep that in mind.”

Ethelbert took both cards.

After Ade had signed the Book of Quotes and departed, Ethelbert examined the cards again.

At the bottom of the Assassins card he read:

“Monsters, Goblins and Dragons Our Speciality.”

Day 9-Assassin Prompt-Write a story about an assassin’s last job before retiring.

Very Short Assassin Flash Fiction by Jacqueline Miller

(18 words)

Before retiring for the night, John, a mercenary assassin, squashed a small spider that had been bothering him.

Written by: Jacqueline Miller
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