The tiny house #NoirWednesday

She was young, beautiful and the sun rose in her eyes. A stranger child… found by the wayside and raised by the elders. The village lads vied for her favour. Their mothers nodded doting heads and grandfathers remembered their  vigour when the sun struck her midnight tresses, painting them blue.

Superstition is insidious.

The small creatures of wood and field came to her hand and flowers bloomed brighter where she passed. She healed the wild things with her herblore and the dogs were silent as she passed.

Jealousy is a black art.

She danced for joy beneath the full moon, crowned with oak leaves and they who watched saw a shower of stars fall to earth.

They gave her a house, a tiny house, built just for her upon the bridge that spanned the stream, surrounded by stone and far from the green places she loved.

They don’t burn witches any more. Not even here.

Witches cannot cross running water.

The perfect prison.

Centuries later, the house remains.

So does she.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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39 Responses to The tiny house #NoirWednesday

  1. davidprosser says:

    And so she who was to the benefit of all is now to the benefit of none.Such cruelty and stupidity man is capable of.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  2. Is that Ambleside, Sue?


  3. Nice Sue. Loved this.


  4. TanGental says:

    excellent Sue.


  5. jlfatgcs says:

    Love this story!


  6. Bun Karyudo says:

    I like that story. I’m glad her ending wasn’t grisly (and wasn’t even really an ending). Incidentally, does the thing about running water mean witches always have to take baths rather than showers? Poor things. That will definitely increase their electricity bill.


  7. Dalo 2013 says:

    Such a beautiful, evocative story ~ leaves me spinning right there, outside this tiny house’s door.


  8. dgkaye says:

    Ooh, I love the linger in this story Sue. 🙂


  9. stevetanham says:

    Reblogged this on Sun in Gemini and commented:
    Sue’s ‘darkly rendered’ response to #NoirWednesday The Little House.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Michael says:

    This is excellent Sue, lovely exploration of the topic and history..


  11. Dany Slone says:

    Fantastic writing!


  12. Pingback: #NoirWednesday roundup – ‘The Little House” – Sun in Gemini

  13. macjam47 says:

    Fantastic! I loved your story.


  14. Absolutely love this short, Sue.


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