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FF – Chasing Rainbows

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Jeff Arnold.

Guess who forgot what day it was? Me! That’s why I’m a day later than usual.

Copyright Jeff Arnold


Always chasing the rainbow. That was Sebastian. Never standing still. Never appreciating the “now”.

Margie couldn’t stand it any longer. She needed stability.

She made a deal.

Sealed in blood.

With a Leprechaun.

Okay, sealed in shamrock. Puréed. With a nice Chianti.

Next day Sebastian chased a rainbow and never came back.

Possibly he’s still chasing it.

The Leprechaun’s due back next week to extract his price.

Who could be sacrificed to satisfy his bloodlust? Not Margie, that’s for sure.

Her sister-in-law’s really been pissing her off lately…


  1. April 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Maybe some green fava beans would do the trick. Or one of my awful neighbours. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 10, 2020 at 3:29 pm

      Yeah, bye bye awful neighbour 🙂


  2. April 9, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Best not to be family with Margie….


  3. April 9, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    I see Murphy the Leprechaun is still at it…


  4. April 9, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    The leprechaun as a hit man, who’da thunk it!
    Delightfully whimsical, Ali


    • April 10, 2020 at 3:43 pm

      You’ve got to watch yourself around those little beggars!
      I’m glad you liked it!


  5. April 9, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Eek, I’ve never thought of Leprechauns as being so dangerous. Great take on the photo prompt.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


    • April 10, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      If you ever meet one, think back on my words… 🙂


  6. April 9, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Ouch, I’m Irish and I would never serve shamrock with Chianti. Me thinks her mate ran in the right direction.


  7. April 9, 2020 at 9:01 pm


    Okay, I’ll say it again: You’re so funny.


  8. April 9, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Margie’s got a good thing going, doesn’t she? Her sister in law better beware. Fun stuff.




    • April 10, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Yes, I wonder how long she can keep this rolling along!


  9. April 9, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    It’s always the in-laws who make the best sacrifices. I should look into getting some of those. Our stories could be two parts of the same story. Yours is a smidgen darker.


    • April 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Yeah, you forgot to kill anyone 🙂
      It’s always handy to have a few disposable in-laws around…

      Liked by 1 person

      • April 12, 2020 at 12:28 am

        I let you take care of the killing. Linda suggested strangling a leprechaun. So, that’s in play.


  10. April 10, 2020 at 12:37 am

    A double win!


    • April 10, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      Who’s next, I wonder? She’s on a roll!


  11. April 10, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Margie better have lots of people to be taken care of if this leprehaun is that bloodthirsty!


  12. April 10, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I agree with Dale, in that kind of a deal, one is never enough…


  13. April 10, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Glad I don’t count Margie amongst my ‘friends’.


    • April 10, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      It’s a bad place to be right now!


  14. April 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Ha! This made me laugh. What a great imagination you have.


    • April 10, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂


  15. April 10, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve never read so many leprechaun stories in which the little guys are portrayed as quite nasty beings! And this story? Brrrrr. Chilling! Love your imagination, and your really good writing.


    • April 10, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      It’s the rainbow to blame 🙂
      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  16. April 10, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Good choice. In laws of any persuasion will do!


  17. April 10, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Yikes! Good luck to the sister in law!


    • April 11, 2020 at 6:35 am

      Run, run fast… but not towards the rainbow!


  18. April 10, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    good grief! mother-in-law is saved!


  19. April 11, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Wickedly entertaining! And nauseating – I mean, shamrock puree and chianti – or chardonnay for that matter!


  20. April 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    That’s one way to get rid of nasty relatives. I wouldn’t suggest disappointing that leprechaun though. He’s one of the nastier ones. 😦 — Suzanne


    • April 12, 2020 at 5:20 am

      He is. He’s not to be taken lightly!


  21. April 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Me thinks Margie has a vicious streak, best not be too close to her. Loved the shocking twist!! =)


    • April 12, 2020 at 5:21 am

      Her friends and family are on the list. I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  22. April 11, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    I don’t trust Leprehauns anymore, not after this story…MOL😸Clean Pawkisses for a Happy Easter Weekend. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞


    • April 12, 2020 at 5:21 am

      You have to watch your step 🙂 Happy Easter to you, Granny and Grandpaw!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. April 12, 2020 at 9:11 am

    Remind me to always be kind to Margie!


  24. April 12, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Great story – I like the honed, concise style of it. It hints at a much longer story. Well written Ali.


    • April 13, 2020 at 4:49 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you likes it! I wanted to make it a bit clipped and snappy.


  25. April 12, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    The dark side of Rumpelstiltskin. I’d like to read more about that contract.


    • April 13, 2020 at 4:53 am

      I bet that little fella has it locked up tight.


  26. April 13, 2020 at 7:22 am

    Oh make this into a movie!


    • April 13, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      Or even a series – she could have one of her in-laws bumped off in each episode 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  27. April 13, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    What stability has the leprechaun offered her? Anything besides a lot of gold? Maybe she can ask for a diversified retirement portfolio.


    • April 14, 2020 at 5:14 am

      “Disappearing” Sebastian was his only contribution to her stability. Maybe she should look to her future next time and get her pension sorted, Leprechaun gold is pretty recession-proof!

      Liked by 1 person

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