Friday, March 22, 2013

A Twisted Beanstalk

Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

Chalk knew he was too small and, with a bad hoof, simply unable to help with the daily tasks the other animals performed so readily. And so, he’d not even bothered to resist when the farmer’s son, Jack, led him off to market. 

The curious man Jack took him to had proved to have no money to offer but, instead, a small bag of supposedly-magical beans. After much deliberation a deal was struck.

Soaking the dusty soil before planting, Chalk considered it had been a fair trade since Jack hadn’t ever liked the old farm the way he did anyway.

This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction photo prompt.


  1. So the horse sold Jack for a hoof-full of magic beans? Brilliant!

  2. The way i read it the horse realized he could not cut it and allowed Jack to sell him. If jack is the beanstalk climber he would be better off working with the horse.

  3. I liked the idea of the horse selling Jack for a bag of beans whether you meant it that way or not, it's a wonderful idea for a new take on an old fairy tale. :)

  4. :lol: Nice spin. Have a great weekend.

  5. That was unexpected! Hope your weekend is a bit more straightforward!!


  6. The horse is better off
    Jack ...

  7. Love your magnanimous horse, Jeffrey. ;) Cute story.

  8. What a wonderful twist to the story - lol Jack getting sold and Chalk going back to the farm. Now he'll be able to sell beans and buy all the sugar cubes and carrots he wants :-)