Flowers – 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, the standard, and the prompt photo.
The idea, as always, is to write a story of around 100 words based on the picture below, which this week is supplied by J Hardy

© J Hardy Carroll

Click here to hear the author read his words:


Love at first sight?
I don’t know about that, but I was certainly smitten.
She is kind, intelligent, and beautiful.
And when she moves all of her seems to move in all the right ways.
I think she might be that special lady I’ve always dreamed about.
So I’ve been wooing her in the old-fashioned way.
It is obvious that she approves of this, we are getting along very well.
Until I give her the flowers.
It seems I might have misunderstood her when she told me that she reacts rather violently to hay-fever.
Please, sweetheart, put down the gun.

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58 Responses to Flowers – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Seems a little extreme and yet, I can relate. 😉


  2. I think she can claim self-defense… you started it by bringing a lethal weapon.


  3. Very entertaining. I’m wondering was she holding a suspiciously large handbag, big enough to hold a gun ?


  4. James McEwan says:

    Crikes! I liked the sudden twist, perhaps it’s the histamine that sets her off rather than the pollen.


  5. 4963andypop says:

    Great play on the medical and everyday meanings of the word “reaction.” Lets hope this is not common. 😊


  6. MythRider says:

    Me thinks you should have been listening better, been considering her feels more.
    But hey, maybe she likes ghosts. If so, you might still have a chance.


  7. Lynn Love says:

    Ha! Not what your narrator – or I – expected. Lovely build up and a cracking ending, though I wonder what happens next. What if she sneezes and accidentally blows his head off? As so often happens, C, your fiction prompted a smile in the most devilish way


  8. draliman says:

    Ha, not the “violent reaction” he expected. Hopefully she’s a rubbish shot and they can talk it out…


  9. kristianw84 says:

    Hahaha!!! I did not see that twist coming! Great job!!


  10. Liz Young says:

    It might be a good idea to move on – quickly!


  11. bearmkwa says:

    Mom, Gram, and Grands all had severe asthma/emphasema so plants were never allowed in house. Now that I have my own house, I’ve started to venture to having a few. It’s different, and pleasant this winter to have flowers.


  12. Sandra says:

    She should consider herself very lucky. My husband would rather die than ever, (and I mean ever) give me flowers. And so…


  13. …and whoever said love is for the chicken hearted! Loved the last line Ceayr.


  14. Russell says:

    That’s some serious hayfever! Well done!

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  15. LOVE hearing you read your stories and this tale tickled me! Love that last line. Great job, and thanks.


  16. Mike says:

    Artificial flowers sound safer, but doe he have enough time left.


  17. Nobbinmaug says:

    Well, you did bring her severed limbs of living things. That could be construed as a threat similar to the horse head in the bed of Godfather fame.

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  18. granonine says:

    Oh, what a surprise! Well done, CE– made me smile, in spite of the threat of violence.


  19. That last line’s a killer! Nice one CE.


  20. Iain Kelly says:

    I react in a similar way to flowers in the house – sneezing that is, not the gun. Instead I wait until it is politely possible to get rid of the flowers!


  21. Tannille says:

    A little bit of crazy just adds spice 😀.


  22. pennygadd51 says:

    You made me laugh with this story, CE. Hlarious!
    I liked the build-up to the twist, especially “And when she moves all of her seems to move in all the right ways” which captures exactly the sort of irrational feelings of powerful sexual attraction.


  23. Dear CE,

    I guess that could be called an explosive sneeze.




  24. ellenbest24 says:

    An epi pen is going to be of no help to this reaction … unless you thrust it in her jugular. A good twist all enhanced by your voice. Well played.


  25. neilmacdon says:

    A violent reaction indeed


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