DO PUMPKINS SINK OR FLOAT?

Bill and Trevor stared at the unwanted trailer and the selection of large orange oblate spheroids within it.

‘Who attaches a trailer to the back of a pickup anyway? How was I to know?’ Trevor moaned.

‘This time of year, apparently, it’s the local pumpkin farmer.’ Bill paused. ‘Hide the pickup in the back. We’ll need to get rid of the trailer.’

They drove the trailer to the waste ground under the flyover. Together they added some rubble to the trailer and heaved it over the embankment into the river.

After the initial splash they waited to make sure the trailer stayed underwater. One by one pumpkins bobbed to the surface until a group of them were floating along the river.

‘Happy Halloween,’ Bill said.

Far above them the local news helicopter, attracted by the pumpkin display on the water, zoomed its camera in on Bill and Trevor. That night they ran the story of the floating pumpkin display as their ‘And finally…’ piece.

The local pumpkin farmer saw it and made a call to the local police.


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© Yinglan

Written as part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story, in around 150 words based on the weekly photo prompt. For more information visit HERE.

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35 responses to “DO PUMPKINS SINK OR FLOAT?”

  1. I’m a little confused. Are they trying to steal the truck? That’s hilarious that the pumpkins floated which gave them away to the farmer. Great story, Iain!

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    1. Yes, they have stolen the truck without realising a trailer was attached. Thanks PJ.

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      1. Hahahaha! They deserve to be caught if they steal the truck not realizing it had a trailer attached. It’s hilarious that the pumpkins all floated to the top!

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        1. Scientifically accurate too, they do float – I have been researching! 🙂

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  2. I bet that was a crime they didn’t get away with for long!

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  3. Glad they got their just deserts. 😋

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  4. I love a good karma story. Or, if you’re the protagonist in this case, a bad karma story!

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    1. Thanks John. They got what they deserved.

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  5. Caught on camera! Great take! 🙂

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  6. Wonderful story. 🙂 Pumpkin revenge for being dumped! I guess they learned something new….pumpkins will float, hence, a dead give-a-way.

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    1. Thanks, a silver lining for them – they learned something new! 🙂

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  7. I love that you found a picture of this. Seems like the two guys should have put some more thought into their thieving plans first. Great write!

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    1. They’re not the smartest! Found whole webpages about pumpkins floating – who knew?! 🙂

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      1. It’s really neat 🙂

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  8. Very nice Iain. interesting take on the prompt 🙂

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    1. Thanks Joy, I set myself the challenge of fitting it in to Halloween celebrations as it’s that time of year here.

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      1. Lol we don’t celebrate Halloween, I should google more about it and figure out the obsession with pumpkins haha

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  9. A fun write Iain 🙂

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  10. a clever and fun take to the photo! 🙂

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  11. They are a silly set of thieves.
    Very poor observation on their part.

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    1. They are not the brightest. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  12. Love your narrative. Subtle humour…the most appealing kind! 😀

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    1. Thanks I do prefer subtle rather than broad humour, glad you appreciate it!

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  13. I enjoyed that humour immensely!
    A good laugh

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  14. Great halloween story. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks, wanted to do Halloween bit not obviously so, think it worked 🙂

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