Crimson’s Creative Challenge #61: Burrowed deep inside


Liz sat at the kitchen table. The tea pot was still full, the tea cold.

Open on the table was a brown paper package with an illegible postmark. Instead of bubble wrap, the wadding was sheep’s wool, the lanolin having left a greasy film on her fingers.

The packet had contained a single giant seed, rounded at one end, pointed at the other, curled like a speech mark. The seed was enamel hard, the surface patterned with oily rainbows as if it had lain for years, burrowed deep inside the mouth of a hungry oyster.

At first she’d cradled it in her left palm, coming to terms with its weight, the heat of its skin.

Then the seed shivered. Lay still. Shivered again… As if a tiny heart beat inside.

That was when Liz decided she didn’t want to hold it anymore.


Written for Crimson’s Creative Challenge #61. See the pic and join in here.

And if you’re wondering how I came to write a story about a giant, pulsating seed… Well, the image looks like a giant hothouse to me.


28 thoughts on “Crimson’s Creative Challenge #61: Burrowed deep inside

    1. Ah, thank you, Crispina. I’m so glad you were drawn in. It was definitely the case with this one that I could have written more, so perhaps I will in the future. Thanks again

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      1. Such a great photograph. I could have gone in any number of directions. I had just sown some sweet pea seeds, so perhaps my mind was already drifting that way

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      1. In truth, I hadn’t given it thought. I have Kerrid pick up a palm-sized seed from the shores of the Boundless, which I think was probably some kind of tropical tree. But your question-mark shaped seen? The scientist in me says its shape is indicative to its needs of survival, while the poet sees it as a clue to what it’s to become. Something that raises questions. Something from another world? Or maybe it’s not a seed at all, but a intergalatic space craft?


      2. Hmm. I quite like the space ship idea, though I hadn’t considered that myself. It’s definitely something out of the ordinary, that’s for sure


      3. We tend to think of life from other systems as being, sizewise, the same as us. Ridiculous. The most prolific non-plant and non-fungus life on our planet are the smallest of small…


      4. Indeed, must agree. I once saw an artist’s impression of life on Jupiter… wonderfully colourful balloon-like creatures that lived in the gases.


    1. Thank you so much! What do you imagine it’s in there? I suspect this sprang from the fact I’d just sown some sweet pea seeds, though I’m hoping they won’t develop a pulse of their own! Thanks for reading

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      1. Hmm, could be something enriching, or something that takes as it grows, quickly enveloping, subduing, strangling… πŸ™‚


  1. You’ve included some lovely detail and description, Lynn. The film of lanolin left on her hands, the enamel hard seed case – I think it’s the exactness of these descriptions that draws us in.
    Nice story.

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