Flower Pots – Friday Fictioneers

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by the wonderful Rochelle, the undisputed master of what I call Sound Bite Fiction.
She sets the weekly challenge, and the standard.
This week’s curious photo prompt is provided by the indomitable Dale Rogerson, aka the Crazy Canuck.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on this picture, below.

© Dale Rogerson

Click here to hear the writer read his words:

Flower Pots

The start of the summer season is always a red letter event for the little café in the square.
The walls and roof of the terrasse are rolled back, giving a much more spacious feel.
Tables and chairs, freshly sanded and varnished, are set out under parasols on the side-walk.
And this year, for the first time, large flower pots delineate the property.
Hey patron, one of the locals asks, is that wife of yours still at her mother’s in Portugal?
Mmm, Rafa winks at me, continuing to water his flourishing pot plants, I don’t think she’ll be coming back.

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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30 Responses to Flower Pots – Friday Fictioneers

  1. notestowomen says:

    Interesting tale. It’s possible that he did away with his wife or she really is in Portugal and has decided not to return. Either way, he is happy taking care of his cafe and plants.

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  2. Ha! Here’s a change-up. Someone other than the narrator plotting (plotted/potted?) demises. Well done as always. 🙂

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  3. Ha.Sounds like he has a notorious green thumb. All the better to hide the blood I suppose. Nicely done.

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  4. Could she be in the pots? Sinister with a light hearted feel, like it

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  5. James McEwan says:

    Yes, I wonder what secret Rafa is keeping.

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  6. Jelli says:

    Leaves you wondering if she’s “planted” in one of the pots… love it! 🙂 ❤

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  7. Dear CE,

    Gives new meaning to pushing up daisies. Your imagination worries me me bit. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. subroto says:

    Ah CE your reputation precedes you. Maybe she really is with her mother and he has turned his attention to something more low maintenance. Like potted plants.

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  9. 4963andypop says:

    Sounds like the narrator is complicit in the crime.

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  10. Pushing up daisies, no doubt.

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  11. More than the pot plants making him smile.
    Evil man!

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  12. A wonderfully sinister tale!

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  13. StuHN says:

    Wonder what the high will be from the “potted” plants

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  14. Kalpana Solsi says:

    This is sinister. what if her soul decides to haunt the place.

    https://ideasolsi65.blogspot.com/2018/09/low-spirits.html

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  15. Now that seems sinister!

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  16. Dale says:

    Crazy Canuck, eh?
    That’s one way to get rid of her body…

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  17. granonine says:

    Oh, gracious. Ewww.

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  18. lisarey1990 says:

    Great dark humour in this piece.

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  19. I think as guest we should be glad he didn’t go the way of meat-pies… but can you hide the reek from the soil?

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  20. JS Brand says:

    Are there any meat dishes we should avoid?

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  21. pennygadd51 says:

    Your grim sense of humour always comes up with something colourful and polished!

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  22. Jean-Étienne David says:

    And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave

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  23. Corine Gouy says:

    Pour de belles fleurs ! Il faut un bon engrais.

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  24. jillyfunnell says:

    Who would look there? Disposal of the body cunningly achieved.

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  25. michael1148humphris says:

    That’s one well fed plant. Rafa

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  26. Iain Kelly says:

    A fresh start all round.

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  27. emmylgant says:

    The season starts with a bang
    and flowers for the departed.
    Delicious.

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  28. neilmacdon says:

    Luxuriant but sinister growths!

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