Seven Deadly Sins Flash Fiction Challenge: Day Six: Avarice

7 deadly sins AvariceLady Antimony is hosting a week-long  Seven Deadly Sins flash fiction challenge. It started on 07/07.

The premise of the challenge is as follows:
Seven Days
Seven Deadly Sins
Seven Flash Fictions up to 100 words
Starting 7/7

Today is Avarice. A wish to acquire more material possessions.

Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice

The Emperor of China had everything he ever wanted, and then he heard the nightingale singing in the forest. He asked the bird to court, and then captured her in a cage. Every day she sang for him, and one day she escaped.

The Emperor became ill because he could not possess the beauty of the nightingale’s voice. A mechanical nightingale was built for him, but it did not possess the same magic as the real bird.

As Death sat by his bedside, the nightingale came back and sang for him. But she would not stay. She would be free.


6 thoughts on “Seven Deadly Sins Flash Fiction Challenge: Day Six: Avarice

  1. Antimony says:

    This was so sad. Reminded me of something from ‘The Happy Prince & other tales’ by Oscar Wilde.

    A x


    • Lissa says:

      It’s a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, so I can see the similarities. I would love it if Disney did a re-telling of this, turning the nightingale into a princess a la The Swan Princess. I think it’s be cool – giving her an excuse to sing and everything LOL.


  2. David A Ludwig says:

    Yeah, I’d heard this one before. It’s definitely a good example of avarice, and interesting how by establishing a dependence on possessing the object of your avarice you lose your ability to live without it.


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