Start or end your story with a person buying a house plant.
Posted in Fluff on Oct 25, 2022
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“Leaf.” by Jesper Jee
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been alone.Actually, that’s not entirely true; There’s always been others near me, several in fact. But I had always felt - alone.Don’t know if it’s just baseless paranoia or if there was something to all those whispers and rustlings around me. Maybe not. Maybe it’s just me.I never really gave much thought about what kind of person would bring home a houseplant. An ambitious botanist looking for a cure to some awful disease? A supervillan lo...
“The Gardener” by Evie Scobey
Chi-ching! Another plant sold. This one is an Orchid that I have named Steve. I can't help it! I need to have something to do for the three hours I'm here every day! So… I name the plants. Stupid, I know, but I get bored easily. I look up from the homework I resumed and notice the Woman who bought Steve staring at me expectantly. She is probably in her 70s, with gray hair, thin lips, and wrinkles. "Have a great day," I say in a not-so-cheery tone. She stands there and glares at me. I don't know what she wants until I loo...
“A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing, a Murder Mystery” by Scott Christenson
“My name is Darren, 2 years sober. I bought this house plant today, and I am an alcoholic.” Darren smiled and gestured theatrically toward the lily plant on the table in front with him. Everyone in the room already had a good look at it. “I’ve let down many, many people in my relationships as my only real love was my drug of choice. With the advice from my new sponsor, I’m going to avoid a relationship for the next 12 months and learn how to take care of others by taking care of this plant.” H...
“A Fresh Start” by Shelby B
The flowers you bought me are still sitting by the kitchen window. The dried petals and leaves falling onto the marbled counter top. I sit and stare at the sad, drooping flowers. I like to think that they are some sort of metaphor for us. We were beautiful in the beginning. We were bright, vibrant, and fun. We were full of love and hope. We made sure to water the flowers and give them sunlight, so they can thrive and grow. We did really well for a while, at least until you left.The flowers began to die because I couldn’t bring myse...
“Great Uncle Anton” by Laura Doerfler
“Are you sure I bought it?” queried Bradley as he stood and looked at the plant alongside the estate dealer’s delivery driver. “Yes sir. One Nineteenth-century French Louis XV Gilt Bronze-Mounted Side Cabinet…and plant.” The delivery man checked the manifest and double-tapped his pen on the sheet with a firmness that confirmed his absolute accuracy. “I don’t recall saying,” Bradley persisted. “It...
“Susan” by Stephen Massa
SUSANBy Stephen A. MassaSusan stood at the south-facing window, absorbing the sunlight streaming through the panes. She longed to feel the fresh air, but the cool draft penetrating the glass made her wish for much warmer climes.Her neighbors, stationary as much as she was, were similar in size and stature, if not in color. At the far end of the row, Julia differed from the rest, her purple and pink hues contrasting sharply with the yellows and white...
“Blooming Barter” by L.M. Lydon
Above Cadyn’s head, the rusty, non-functioning traffic-light swung in the restless breeze. Nervously, he gazed towards the nearby alley. It wasn’t the high-pitched squeak that he could hear that bothered him: nah, it was all the noises that the sporadic metallic clang was drowning out that he couldn’t hear. With a burst of confidence energized by resting one hand on the massive machete buckled to the right side...
“Devil’s Ivy” by Lily Saylor
The plant sat dormant on Oliver’s doorstep for three days until he reluctantly brought it inside. At its arrival, he had chalked it up to be a simple error with a delivery driver. People mistakenly drop off packages at the wrong address frequently, so he naturally assumed an annoyed neighbor would be around to collect it after a day or two. When no annoyed neighbor had come his way, Oliver began to consider the...
“Pete” by Shawn O'Connor
“I need something sturdy. Something with some constitution.” Kevin said to the cashier. “Something that isn’t just going to drop dead?” She said with a chuckle. “I got you, don’t worry.” She led Kevin down an aisle, passing many tropical plants on either side. Kevin followed, shoulders slouched, gazing at her heels making sure not to step on them. “Here we are. This is a ZZ plant. It is ni...
“Reaping What You Sow” by Emily Daniel
I had heard it’s good for your mental health to have a plant, and that seems way more manageable for me than say a girlfriend or a cat. So I went to the garden center to find one for my new home. I was a little scared though because I had never bought a plant before. That may sound a little silly but I had a good reason. I had honestly never taken care of another living creature before. I barely did ok taking care of mys...
“Bucket List” by S. Thomson
ㅤThe plants died slowly, but the flies arrived overnight. Nicky heard the buzzing as he stirred his morning coffee, and went to investigate. In the living room, a large mirror hung on the wall behind the plants, doubling their decaying anatomy and reflecting Nicky’s frown back at him. A faint, sweet smell filled the air. ㅤMoving closer, Nicky could see the flies hum in and out between the drooping leaves. One of...
“Sisters sharing plants text ” by Nancy Lyon
We brought two plants that day rosemary and lavender. My name is Nadine. My four sisters Lola, Janna, Esther, Agnes and I are always texting on our group text. I texted……Morning 💞 Sitting outside eating breakfast yesterday 😋. Next thing I know Jordan, Nora, Manda and I are planting seeds. Took a trip to a landscape nursery and Lowes. Just finding out yesterday was National Garden Day made it O so sweet! NAT...
“Natural Born Gardener” by Kathleen Carlson
This story is about mental health and my mom. To start off, my mom has a natural green thumb when it comes to plants and planting. She's been that way since she was a kid. As she grew up, she would try to grow things, but couldn't because of my grandmother. So, after my mom left her mom's house and ventured out on her own after she turned 18, she started to experiment with different soil, plants, w...
“Exotic Venus Fly Traps (and Where to Buy Them)” by Brian D
Driving down barren Highway 43 on a dreary summer afternoon, Lily noticed a peculiar sight just up ahead – a man sitting behind a lone table on the side of the road. A sign hanging on the edge of the table read, “Exotic Venus fly traps looking for a loving caregiver. ALL SALES FINAL.” That’s quite an odd sight, thought Lily, as she approached the roadside merchant. Lily slowed down and parked her car in front of the display. She got out and walked up to the merchant. Laying on...
“Open the window” by Quinny Q
Two years ago Cillian broke up with Lily. The impenetrable love they shared was unbelievably scarring. When they fought, they would make it a goal to ensure the other was crying on the bathroom floor afterwards out of love. When they laughed, they would make sure the other was hunched over and gasping for air. When they made love, they made it clear they wanted the other to feel as if they were in the presence of God. Th...
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