FFfAW : The dandelion’s nod

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yarnspinner. Thank you Yarnspinner for our prompt!


 

The precision of her neighbour’s manicured garden unnerved Maeve. The hedging with its right angles and sharp edges – so controlled. She imagined him on his hands and knees, snipping at the grass with nail clippers, producing a set square and spirit level to ensure everything was ‘just so’.

She eyed her own patch, the moss springing in the lawn, the dandelions nodding their downy heads, buttercups, valerian, nature in mid-riot.

She’d seen him peering over the fence when he thought she was out, pristine garden gloves on his slim fingers, mini sheers in hand, poised.

‘You bloody dare,’ she’d murmured.

So far he hadn’t. Though he might if he caught her on moonlit nights, tufty dandelion heads in hand, watching as the wind caught the seeds, tugged them up, over the fence. Parachuting a little wildness into his life.

 


Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. See here to join in and to read the other tales.

 

 

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35 thoughts on “FFfAW : The dandelion’s nod

  1. We should all have a bit of untidiness in our lives — in fact we ought to practise ‘Anti Feng Shui’ — instead of imagining ourselves as a kind of demiurge subduing nature and taming chaos. It’s just a matter of how much

    Did I also sense you belatedly turning a first-person narrative into a third-person story?

    🙂

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      1. I meant I was wondering whether you were that person who scattered dandelion seeds on pristine lawns, or at least wished you dared? (Less successful with raked gravel swirls, I admit …)

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      2. Ha! Sorry, I was a bit slow there. Yes! Guilty as charged, if not in action then in desire. I love a bit of guerilla gardening, lobbing seed bombs being about the littering I wholeheartedly approve of! 🙂

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  2. First line is killer. And ‘you bloody dare,’ created a mood here with very little dabs of paint in your brushstroke lass….

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    1. I like the idea of guerilla gardening, those wild flower seed bombs you can lob over garden walls or on neglected plots. Now that’s the kind of littering I approve of! Thank you Jane 🙂

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      1. My daughter didn’t have time to do much with her front garden last year, so she hurled Wild flower seeds, and hoped for the best. It was the best (and maddest) garden in her road 😊

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      2. Love the sound of that! We’re hoping to move soon to a house with a much bigger garden and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I have packets of wild flower seeds all ready 🙂

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      3. Watch out for your neighbours – they may creep over in the middle of the night with a mower, cut them down and scatter lawn seeds where they were. :O
        That would be a REAL horror story 🙂

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