THE HOUSEPLANT

I can’t say I don’t deserve it, after everything I put her through, but death seems harsh.

I don’t even like the thing. I only stuck it on the bookcase because she was coming round. She insisted I keep it. She had bought it for me after all, on our first anniversary.

And I thought she was smiling because the divorce papers were finally signed.

That sympathetic peck on the cheek as she was leaving, the hand lingering on my shoulder… They take on a new meaning now.

The tentacles of the plant wrap themselves tighter. The world goes dark.


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Copyright Penny Gadd

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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84 thoughts on “THE HOUSEPLANT

  1. Of course! I would expect nothing less from you, Iain. My husband gave me a plant when we first started dating. He said, “As this grows, so will our love grow.” The plant lasted through 5 moves and 10 years…we’re still together but the plant passed away after our last move 🙂

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