Chemistry – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

The Friday Fictioneers is a writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!

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A dash of dragon claw powder—careful, not too much.

A drop of mugwort elixir, an ounce of mandrake gel, a sprinkle of henbane powder and a pinch of arrowroot.

Now I add three drops of my own blood and shake the bottle 13 times. The colour is perfect.

He sits down and orders steak, as predicted. He may be a billionaire but he has simple tastes.

“Ketchup?” I offer the bottle.

“That’s barbaric. Nothing beats garlic butter.”

So much for my mind-control potion.

“And about that money for your alternative chemistry school… I don’t see its use.”


(100 words)

This water colour by our own Fairy Blogmother Rochelle who tirelessly hosts this fun challenge every week was the inspiration for this harmless little tale.

Do not try to brew this potion at home, children!

58 thoughts on “Chemistry – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. What did the ketchup taste like, I wonder? I’m glad her plot failed – as a former professional chemist I would prefer ‘alternative’ chemistry to be consigned to the same place as alternative truth! Fun story, Gabi!

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    1. Uhm… if someone rational looked through my digital library, I’d make a very odd impression with all the alchemy, magic, potion and spell books I’ve gathered from free sources. A stammered ‘I write fantasy on occasion’ won’t help much, will it? 😉
      I’m glad you had fun with it though. Thank you!

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  2. Great fun, Gabi, loved this. I can see this made into a comedy screenplay. You have all the ingredients for a great plot and the ongoing quest? An alternative chemistry school of course. The villain? The billionaire who won’t cough up the dough and who seems impervious to all the potions devised until that one magical day . . . . aha!

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