Sunday Photo Fiction – The Troll


‘Do you think we could picnic here, below this bridge?’

‘Looks good to me, though the idea of stopping near a bridge as old as this one takes me back to the stories of my childhood about trolls who would want payment to cross the bridge?’

‘But we aren’t going to cross the bridge we are stopping below the bridge on this patch of grass not hurting anyone.’

Seemed a fair idea to me so we set out the picnic stuff.

After a while she said, ‘You know that troll stuff you were talking about before?’


‘ There’s this weird guy standing over there with a large name badge that’s says Al, the friendly troll.’

‘What?’ I exclaimed!

‘It’s ok folks,’ said Al the friendly troll, ‘Just making sure you are both ok and enjoying the sun next to my bridge. It’s the twenty-first century you know and we trolls are all friendly. Here shake my hand and be on your way, when you are ready.’

‘Could you believe that?’

‘What a quaint custom.’

We laughed about it but stopped as we watched Al disappear into the brickwork of the bridge.

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38 Responses to Sunday Photo Fiction – The Troll

  1. Al says:

    Definitely a friendly troll, me 🙂

  2. This is good. It has a feel good vibe. Al had the troll shake hands in his story. Is there any significance?
    I think you’re missing me in this sentence – Seemed a fair idea to so we set out the picnic stuff.

  3. Anja says:

    Trolls are everywhere…

  4. He he…like your troll! I don’t think they are usually so friendly though? …of course most Al’s I know are pretty friendly! 🙂

  5. yay for a troll that keeps up with the times I say! One who isn’t nasty or deceitful ~ always a good thing. 🙂

  6. Lyn says:

    Good story, Michael. at least he didn’t want to steal their picnic. Trolls are notoriously hungry 😀

  7. RoSy says:

    Sounds like a lovable troll. 🙂

  8. draliman says:

    Nice to see trolls have mellowed through the ages! I was worried he was going to whip out a credit card machine to take their payment 🙂

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