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The Retaliation

First, they murdered the Cleaning Fairy. Then, The Gnomes started running wild. So Mother came up with The Plan.

Now, the Gnomes fight back.

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The Rise of the Gnomes Part Four: The Retaliation

The Prince had been captured. He’d been drawn to the expensive crystal vase in on the top shelf. Gryslette had warned him to stay away, but he couldn’t resist. Such a shiny, glittering object, perched so precariously, just waiting to be smashed. He’d scurried up the cupboard, reached for the vase…and fell into the bag Mother had rigged to snatch him as soon as he touched the vase. The bag cinched closed, dangling there, and the Prince’s red hat floated to the floor.

Gryslette tried to rescue him, but the bag was out of reach. It hung from the ceiling by its drawstrings while the Prince kicked and screamed inside.

Three others also fell for Mother’s traps, hidden around the house and baited with tempting knickknacks, but Gryslette didn’t mind them so much. Only the Prince mattered.

Mother’s laugh, when she discovered her traps worked, still rang in Gryslette’s ears, sending shivers down her spine. Mother locked the Prince and the other captives in a cage and put the cage on the top shelf of the pantry. She didn’t realize who she’d captured, but she was clearly pleased with her accomplishment.

Mother could not be allowed to think she’d won.

Gryslette gathered the other gnomes together. “We must rescue the Prince.” She sent three of them together to get the Prince from the cage.

They didn’t return.

When Gryslette looked in the pantry, there were three new prisoners in the cage.

She called the gnomes together again. “Destroy everything in the house! Dishes! Clothes! Furniture! Watch out for traps, but leave nothing untouched until Mother lets our Prince free!”

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About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

4 comments on “The Retaliation

  1. […] When first we met Mother, the Cleaning Fairy had been murdered. The Gnomes had risen to power. Mother devised the Plan to take care of them, and the Gnomes commenced the Retaliation. […]

  2. […] Gnomes started running amok. Mother instituted The Plan to take care of them. So the gnomes began The Retaliation. This started The […]

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