Blackberries – Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
This week’s delightful photo makes me think of beautiful autumn days, when the world is a wonderful place.
Click on this link to enter your tale, and see what others have written.

Copyright Al Forbes

Copyright Al Forbes


I love blackberries.
And Kirk and the girls just love the blackberry jam I make.
But they are so small this year.
Too dry, I think, we have not had enough rain this summer.
So when I am picking some today, rather poor specimens, I suddenly get quite excited.
I see this towering oak tree in a field, with blackberry bushes all around it.
And they look laden with fruit.
I forget I am a lady, clamber over the fence, and rush to my bounty.
Sure enough, the blackberries are huge, juicy and so sweet.
I eat as many as I put in my bag, they are so good.
At first I ignore the little prickles on my skin, thinking it is heat rash.
But then I see my arms and legs are covered in mosquitoes.
And I feel them on my face.
The swelling starts very quickly.
The bumps are already bigger than the blackberries.
And growing fast.

About ceayr

A Scot who has discovered Paradise in a small town he calls Medville on the Côte d'Azur, C.E. Ayr has spent a large part of his life in the West of Scotland and a large part elsewhere. His first job was selling programmes at his local football club and he has since tried 73 other career paths, the longest being in IT, with varying degrees of success. He is somewhat nomadic, fairly irresponsible and, according to his darling daughter, a bit random.
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29 Responses to Blackberries – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Mosquitoes seem to love me. I found this quite horrifying.


  2. Bloodthirsty pirate mosquitoes.


  3. Susan says:

    I liked your surprise ending. At first I thought she was going to be allergic to the berries. Mosquitos are horrible. Good job.🙂


  4. Ouch. No vitamin C here. Tag as Scottish noir.


  5. rogershipp says:

    Well done. Too bad for the swelling from the mosquitoes!


  6. Dale says:

    I could so understand her glee at finding the big and juicy ones. Guess there is a price to pay for “stealing”…
    Good story indeed!


  7. Graham Lawrence says:

    Reminds me of my Mum running through the field to get to the fruit! Nice twist at the end.


  8. Steve Lakey says:

    The blackberrys come with a high price. Nice twist.


  9. joannesisco says:

    Ahhh, yes. I know this experience well …. evil little bloodsuckers.


  10. Oooh not good for her. I don’t think she will be doing that again in a hurry. Great story🙂


  11. A nice little tale with some bite🙂 well done.

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  12. Corina says:

    I’m so glad I don’t like black berries!😉


  13. Reblogged this on anelephantcant and commented:
    AnElephantCant resist any type of berries
    Big juicy fruity ones just fill him with awe
    He doesn’t care about colour
    Green blue red or duller
    He is quite happy if they are goose lingon or straw

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Dear CE,

    This left me itching. I’m running for the calamine but not before I tell you it’s a good story with a surprise ending.



    Liked by 1 person

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