FFfAW: A ton of the special stuff

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Louise with the Story Teller’s Abode. Thank you Louise!


‘What do you reckon Norm’s secret is?’ Stan rested a foot on his shovel blade.

‘Double digging,’ said Colin, not looking up from the mud.

‘We double dig every two years.’

Colin stretched his back, nodding towards Norm’s lush allotment. ‘He’s a got a good manure man, he says. Won’t say where.’

‘We get manure. Doug who runs the stables out on the main road gives us tons of the stuff. Place stinks so bad when it rains you can’t hardly breathe.’

Taking off his flat cap, Colin smoothed down his sweat soaked hair. ‘This is special he says. Special kind of horse or feed or summat.’

‘What is it – unicorn poo?’

They stood side by side, watching the easy bend and stretch of Norm’s back as he picked glossy runner beans from the vines.

Stan eyed their own scarlet buds. ‘Something not right.’

Suddenly, Norm turned, waved, sending Stan and Colin back to their tools.

I really must be more careful, thought Norm.

By his boot, the earth glittered gold.


Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Let the photo inspire your flashy creativity in 100 – 150 words. See here for full Ts and Cs.



31 thoughts on “FFfAW: A ton of the special stuff

    1. Haha! I liked the idea of it too, Tish. You’d get some marvellous runners out of it on your allotment. Mind you, your allotment looks fab anyway. 🙂 Thanks for reading

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    1. We used to get the Twilight Zone here, yes – in fact I was bemoaning the loss of programmes like this to another blogger the other day.
      I didn’t know that episode but just looked it up – intriguing 🙂 My head did go towards the dead, but thought someone else might do it (and they did – probably better than I could too!)
      Love a bit of mystery sparkle 🙂

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      1. Audible.com has the audio collections of TZ. I like them better than the tele versions, actually. I also found some thru our local library’s online stuff…part of a program called Hoopla. Not sure if it’s available outside the US.

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      2. I saw some had been made into radio broadcasts for the Beeb but couldn’t find how to listen to them as they were quite old. I’ll take a look, Casey. Thanks for the tip 🙂

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  1. A well written descriptive piece all round, with flat caps, allotments, and reeking, unicorn poo. That’s not to mention the intriguing mention of gold. Great characterisation and dialogue, Lynn. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Millie. Love writing that dialogue – characters feel much more real when you can get them to speak, don’t they? Thanks so much for reading and commenting 🙂


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