Cedric’s Cold – Short & Sweet Short Story Competition

Author, Susanna Leonard Hill, regularly comes up with fun competitions to stimulate our writerly juices. She is culminating her Summer Short & Sweet Series with the following challenge, inspired by this illustration from artist, Heather Newman, launching us back into the era of chivalry (or not, as the story may be). Voting will take place on Susanna’s blog on Monday September 10th.

illustration copyright Heather Newman 2012 used by permission. Click on image to be taken to website


Contest Rules: The contest will be for a children’s story of 250 words or less based on the picture above and in which somebody somewhere in your story says, in dialogue, “Did/do you see that?” (you may substitute any of the other senses – “Did/do you hear/feel/taste/smell that?”) and somebody somewhere in your story says, “Goodbye!” (you are allowed to substitute “Farewell!”, “Au revoir!”, “Sayonara!”, “Ciao!”, or “So long!”) NB I confess already to going over the word count because I know Susanna is never a real stickler for that!

Title: Cedric’s Cold

Author: Joanna Marple Target Audience: 6-8 year old boys and adults who never grew up Genre: Silly “Atishoo!” “Bless you,” cawed Crow. “Atishoo!” “Blow!” hollered Cook, holding a tablecloth up to Cedric’s chapped nostrils. “Of all the times for Cedric to get a head cold,” muttered the Prince. “Right before the wedding banquet,” wailed the Princess, arranging the bridal flowers. “I’b sorry,” snuffled Cedric. “Baybe there’s another way to light the fire under the castle cauldrons?” “Fetch the kitsch Witch from the Fetid Forest!” Cook ordered, while she attempted home made cold remedies on Cedric. First she rubbed Vaseline all over his chest, but big gobs kept getting caught between his scales and the vapor caused Cedric to hallucinate about his lost love, the Dragoness of Mordor. He broke down sobbing, causing even more snot to flow. The Princess tried mixing up a giant drink of honey and lemon, but they had no fire to heat the water and in its lumpy, yucky cold state, Cedric refused to drink it. The Prince, who had had a difficult childhood, believed a brisk cold shower would do the trick and insisted Cedric sit under the waterfall for a full ten minutes, by which time, Cedric’s tail had turned blue and giant shivers rattled his body. Cook threw her hands in the air and cried. “We have 100 wedding guests arriving in two hours, how will we ever roast enough boar for the feast?” At this moment the kitsch Witch strode out of the forest carrying a basket laden with foul, oozing black berries. “Witchy-Poo!” Cook yelled across the chasm. “The wedding guests will be arriving soon and Cedric’s nose is so bunged up he can’t light a candle let alone the chasm. Do you have some murky spell to clear his snout?” “For snot? I do not!” She yelled back, “But he can try some of my menthol lozenges I bought last week at the dollar store.” Cedric sucked, crunched and drooled his way through the entire pack of lozenges.  He drew a huge lungful of valley air and spewed fire out into the chasm, where 50 boars, speared on spits, were roasted to crispy perfection. “Hoorah! Hoorah!” Cheered the guests as they began to arrive. Cook invited the kitsch Witch to stay for the bridal banquet, but the witch declined, confessing that even the sight of wild board made her gassy, and she wouldn’t want to put a damper on the festivities. “Phew, did you smell that?” asked the groom’s mother, pinching her nose as she entered the kitchen. “Boot it and farewell, Witchy-poo, and thanks again for your help!” Cook shoved the kitsch Witch out of the kitchen door as she grabbed for the air freshener.                  

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38 thoughts on “Cedric’s Cold – Short & Sweet Short Story Competition

  1. LOVE this, Joanna! I enjoyed it thoroughly and laughed out loud at “He broke down sobbing, causing even more snot to flow.” and “For snot? I do not!” – which just goes to prove I still have kid humor 🙂 What a great, fun story! Thanks so much for entering!

  2. Funny! Funny! Funny! Favorite line-“For snot? I do not!” She yelled back, “But he can try some of my menthol lozenges I bought last week at the dollar store.”
    Totally awesome job, Joanna 🙂

  3. Joanna:

    I love the boy humor in this story. It’s something I struggle with, having had no sons and no brothers. But I love the “snot” lines and so will young boys. My young grandson will get a kick out of this one. 🙂

    Great job.

  4. What fun! I liked the dollar store menthol lozenges as well as the ever-popular “For snot I will not” — glad Cedric was able to fire forth after all (I’m surprised Witchy-poo didn’t get a singed behind though.. if Cedric’s fire had met up with her, um, off-gassing, WHOOSH!)

  5. HYS.TER.IC.AL. Not at ALL what I expected, and such a ridiculously silly surprise. LOVED IT! I have many many favorite lines, all of them, really, because you wove silliness into every sentence. Brava, Joanna!

    And I beg you…when you do the children’s theater version of this, may I PLEASE play the part of the kitsch Witch? Pretty please? With lozenges on top?

    “For snot? I do not!” shall now be my answer to every question asked of me, regardless of subject matter. 🙂

  6. Very VERY silly!
    Great story and I was laughing a ton because I’m a very close friend of a child named Cedric who is very serious!

    I loved all the little bits and fun facts mixed in…that poor Prince…with his bad childhood….I think if he would have had this story growing up he would have been ok 🙂

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