Last Plant

The ground was scorched and all plant-life died.  Arrangements were made to leave the planet.  An older couple prepared.  The wife packed what she could though not nearly everything she wanted.  She tidied her house and said goodbye.  She’d lived there since her birth.  The husband organized his beloved gardening tools, then secured the shed.  Their daughter pleaded. “We must hurry to catch our flight.”

Her father stood looking at something on the ground.  The daughter crossed the yard to see.  A green plant poked through the ash.  He turned and said, “Your mom and I won’t be leaving.”

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“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff Fields. The challenge is to write a story using only 100 words in response to a photo prompt.  This week’s photo was taken by our lovely host, Rochelle.  It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  Other stories can be found HERE.

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34 Comments Add yours

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    There is hope! Worth clinging on to. Nice one Brenda.

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    1. Hope is everything! =)

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  2. Dear Brenda,

    I love the way this ends on a hopeful note. I hope they’re right to stay

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Giving it a go is always good and hope for a better future. =)

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  3. pennygadd51 says:

    I can understand why they stayed – you caught the unity and determination of the older couple very well.

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    1. Thank you, Penny. I had an image in my mind of the older couple, but it’s not always easy to convey. I’m glad that came through. =)

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  4. draliman says:

    Nice, new life! The Earth is repairing itself.

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    1. Making a comeback! =)

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  5. JT Twissel says:

    Hope can make people do many things that may or may not be in their best interests.

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    1. That is very true. Hopefully, they made the right choice and it will be in their best interest (hehe).

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  6. granonine says:

    A hopeful story. Well done.

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  7. Dale says:

    I was looking for your pretty face in the “Hollywood Squares”… nothing but a WP W 😉
    This was a lovely, hopeful tale… I really enjoyed it.

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    1. So sweet! Oops…I’m not sure how that happened. I thought I uploaded my picture, but obviously I DIDN’T. (hehe) Thanks so much, Dale. =)

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      1. Dale says:

        You are most welcome…

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    2. Okay, fixed it and thanks!

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  8. Create Space says:

    You are really good at this Brenda, you fit a whole book into 100 words! I enjoyed it very much!

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    1. You are so sweet, Marie. Thanks so much! It’s a lot of fun. I write the story and then cut/cut/cut down to 100 words. =)

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      1. Create Space says:

        Good strategy!!

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  9. Wonderful! There is always a glimmer of hope if you look hard enough 😁

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    1. That is certainly true! Thanks so much for reading and encouraging. =)

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  10. jillyfunnell says:

    Oh I am so glad that little plant showed its face just in time. Lovely warm story.

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    1. The eleventh hour for sure. Thanks, Jully!

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  11. What an imaginative take on the photo – I loved it!

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    1. Thank you, Donna! =)

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  12. subroto says:

    A lovely way to end the story.

    “Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”
    ― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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    1. Thank you so much! This is a wonderful, inspiring quote. =)

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  13. May they did the right decision …. reminds me of the Japanese farmer who stayed behind in Fukushima…

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    1. Wow, he wanted to take care of the animals. Incredible! Thanks for sharing this. =)

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  14. LucciaGray says:

    As long as there’s hope….

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    1. Hope is essential! =)

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