(c) all rights reserved · fiction · Friday Fictioneers

#FF — Howl’s Return

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Howl left the moving castle, then strolled down the quiet sidewalk to the Ghibli Watering Hole.

Old Horatio was still behind the bar.

Howl, it’s been an emperor’s age since I saw you! You’ll have the usual?”

Glad to see you’re still pouring, my friend. Yes, please.”

Where have you been all of this time? The oldtimers were sure you were gone for good.”

I was sent to crush pernicious evil on a planet on the verge of annihilation. I crushed it real well, but oh did it leave a nasty residue on the castle!”

[99 words]

Note: my story gives a nod to Studio Ghibli’s anime film, Howl’s Moving Castle, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Learn more about this wonderful and magical film here






Rochelle is the effervescent host of Friday Fictioneers.

54 thoughts on “#FF — Howl’s Return

  1. Have you read the book it’s based on by Diana Wynne Jones? I’m reading another of her books at present – good writer.
    Great story and so true – whenever you attempt a task, whether cooking a nice meal or ridding a planet of evil, it always takes longer to clean up after!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love the way he told the bartender where he’d been. Can’t recall ever overhearing at a pub anything remotely similar to this: “I was sent to crush pernicious evil on a planet on the verge of annihilation.”
    Are you a big fan of Anime?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. The kind of bar I’m thinking of would be like the bar in the Star Wars movie, where you’re liable to hear just about anything. I’m not a big fan of anime per se, but my son used to watch a lot of it and I got to like some of them. Studio Ghibli, Cowboy Bebop, and Big O are 3 that I like. Are you a fan of anime?

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.