Time: 10 minutes. Click here to go to my list of prompts.
“Tell a fairy tale” (This list is an awesome source of completely silly prompts.)
“Daddy, what’s your favorite fairy tale?”
Karl thought for a bit. “You know, I don’t remember. It’s been a long time since I was little.”
Inga frowned. “I want a fairy tale. What am I going to do if you can’t remember any?” She sat up in bed. After seven was his precious quiet time. He needed to get Inga to sleep.
“I’ll make one up, how’s that?” Inga looked skeptical. “One just for you, a special one.” Flattery began to melt the skepticism.
“Once upon a time there was a scientist,” Karl began.
“There weren’t scientists in fairy tales.”
Karl held up an admonishing finger. “That’s only because they weren’t invented yet when the old ones were written. Just think of a scientist as a wizard, but with more numbers.
“The scientist worked many hours toiling with magical substances and arcane laws. He worked on lubrication systems for automotive engines.”
“Daddy, this better be going somewhere.” He needed to find the balance between interesting enough to engage Inga, but not so interesting as to keep her up.
“His world was full of discipline and certainty and steady income. One day, though, the scientist woke up in a different world. There were no cars and no lights and no tvs. He looked out his window and saw pigs and horses and a dragon flying through the sky.”
“A dragon?” Inga squealed. Karl cursed himself. Too exciting!
“Yes, a dragon. And the scientist was worried because his skills weren’t going to translate well to the employment prospects of this world. He would have to learn how he got there, and how to return.”