Gwylfryn Burning

Centuries ago, just inside the Welsh border, existed a small village known as Gwylfryn.

In those days, people didn’t have names, but used where they came from and what they did as their ‘name’.

One villager, Gwylfryn Hunterre, was the hunter – so proud a marksman was he, only one bird defied his arrows; the great and mystical Phoenix.

Determined to mark the final notch on his bow, he set off early one morning and spotted the fiery creature flying above the huts in the village.

The bird didn’t stand a chance – Hunterre’s aim was perfect and the bird fell from the sky like a rock; landing on one of the rooftops, causing it to burst into flames, disrupting the usual peaceful harmony of the village. The fire quickly spread; soon the whole village was alight, causing the other villagers to frantically scurry around, saving what they could – although most was destroyed, including Hunterre’s reputation when he was renamed Gwylfryn Foolle, the village idiot.

This is a re-tweaked version of a story I wrote back in 2015, only re-tweaked slightly so that it fits Six Sentence Stories, where the prompt word this week is ‘Harmony’.

12 responses to “Gwylfryn Burning”

  1. Frank Hubeny avatar

    Nice ending with everything in the village destroyed including his reputation.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Frank… this anti-hero’s work was done, though… well, until next time…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Chris Hall avatar

    Don’t mess with the phoenix!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom avatar

      A lesson well learned here, methinks, Chris! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  3. clark avatar

    (Inert reference to ancient fable, adage or cautionary tale about the price of ambition*)
    Very good Six

    *but not the myth of Icarus or the most-excellent Tale of the Monkey’s Paw

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Tom avatar

      Thanks, Clark… although it’s merely a brief tale of the bumblings of a former village resident whose fortunes changed slightly… I may visit Gwylfryn again sometime…

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Liz H avatar

    And does the phoenix yet rise?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom avatar

      I believe so, Liz… they usually do!
      I’ll revisit Gwylfryn sometime to find out for definite! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. GirlieOnTheEdge avatar

    Beware the ego! Gwylfryn’s once respectable reputation just went up in flames!
    So often we are the source of our own undoing.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom avatar

      Indeed we are, Denise. Sometimes, it’s best to look just a few steps ahead before acting.


  6. Madam Valentine – The Mansionic Perspective avatar

    […] Those two supervillains don’t know what’s hit them! And who is Madam Valentine? What does she want? Well, this ‘retrospective’ posting, reusing the word ‘harmony’, certainly doesn’t answer those questions. The original Six Sentence Story post using the prompt word is here. […]


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