This tale was written based on the following prompts

Fandango’s Flash Fiction #179

What Do You See #145

Twiglet #290

Fandango’s Story Starter #57

Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 08/02/2022

Three Things Challenge #M40

Three Things Challenge #M41

Three Things Challenge #M42

Three Things Challenge #M43

In the three days since Richard had received the subpoena to testify at the trial, he had been frantically trying to formulate a defence.  It didn’t need to be perfect, off key was fine.  It just had to sound right, the rhythm, the style, the timing.  Not too flat, not too sharp, not an octave too high, not a major, nor a minor.

If he was going to have any influence on this trial, he had to get his melody in tune, his harmony down pat and his song must be sung in perfect pitch.

She was so going to Coventry.

With a sigh he stood straight and stared into the mirror.

“Your honour, what happened is completely understandable.  I was going about my business, collecting bricks on my old bike, not a care in the world.  As I turned into the residential zone, I heard laughter and there she was, hair flying as she pedalled along, her parents walking alongside.”

“I smiled, its always lovely to witness the first time someone realises they can ride a bike, but then I made the connection and fear tore at my heartstrings.”

“They were new to the neighbourhood; they didn’t know about the magically ice-crusted snow and then it was all too late.  The mother let go of the handlebars and the father gave a gentle push, and though I yelled … fate had already played its hand.”

“Your honour I plead with you, she’s young, she didn’t … couldn’t possibly know that colliding with the easel would destroy our patron spirit.  I plead with you to be lenient, don’t send her to reality, let her stay here, in the land of make believe.”

The evil step mothers smile was far from reassuring.

© NopeNotPam

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