THE GARDEN ROOM

An extension proved too expensive, but Agnes insisted she needed more space.

‘How can I be expected to be creative with you in the same room?’

‘I don’t get in your way,’ Archie replied.

‘You slurp. You chew. You exhale!’

Suitably chastised, Archie investigated a garden room. He would lose his flowerbeds, but he would have to live with his sacrifice for Agnes’s art.

‘It looks simple enough,’ he thought, looking at pictures on the internet. ‘I could build one myself.’

After much sawing and hammering, Agnes had her new room.

She was not impressed, but Archie now enjoys sitting in the shade.

Copyright Brenda Cox

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

To read more stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

A topical tale as we are currently having a garden room built, an extra space for work, writing and creative endeavours. Unlike Archie, we have hired professionals to build ours! Read all the Agnes and Archie tales HERE.

56 responses to “THE GARDEN ROOM”

  1. I think that I would build Agnes a house of her own, far far away.

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    1. Haha, a very good solution Mike! πŸ™‚

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      1. No. They deserve each other. πŸ˜€

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  2. A solution that works. just not as originally planned

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    1. Thinking outside the box, or something like that. Thanks Neil.

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  3. Dear Iain,

    That “room” seems to leave much to be desired. πŸ˜‰ At least he tried.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. 10/10 for effort. A standard I aspire too as well! πŸ™‚

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  4. People sacrifice a lot for love. I would never lose my flowerbeds for anyone😊 good story

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    1. Haha, good for you πŸ™‚

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  5. I wasn’t expecting that result, but I guess it’s only fair.

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    1. Call it a score draw? Thanks Sandra

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  6. What a sly guy! Solved his problem, didn’t he πŸ™‚

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    1. And to his benefit too πŸ˜‰

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  7. Get what you pay for. Maybe she’ll lock him out of the house.

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    1. He’ll be fine until winter arrives! :-0

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      1. Might be colder inside πŸ˜€.

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      2. A certain chill in the air! πŸ™‚

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  8. I love it. He got the better end of the deal.

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    1. And Agnes can’t complain too much πŸ˜‰ Thank you

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  9. With a few more boards, a can full of nails, shingles for the roof, a hot tub and big-screen TV, faux wood flooring and picture windows facing away from the house and Agnes, he could have an all-season Man Cave!

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    1. πŸ™‚ Just the odd adjustment to make then! Thanks Liz

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  10. πŸ˜€ Great solution!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  11. His own man hut. It could be worse? πŸ˜‰

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    1. I think he’s done well for himself! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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  12. A better situation for both of them.
    A bit of humor in between the snarks.
    Loved it … Isadora 😎

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    1. Thanks Isadora πŸ™‚

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  13. I’m glad my husband let me get a professional to build my studio in the backyard!

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    1. Thanks Janet. Yes, I’m happy to leave this to the professionals!

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  14. Right. If only he did not exhale so much. I feel that somehow the she shed becomes not what she said, and Arch got lucky. πŸ™‚

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    1. Archie always seems to land on his feet πŸ˜‰ Thanks Bill

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  15. Well, if he thought it was good enough for Agnes, it sure should be good enough for him. Fun story.

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  16. Married couples are rich pickings for storytellers, and I might have to start doing my own research and character building.
    You told a great, and intricate story here, Iain and I really loved it and had a bit of a laugh at their expense.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. Thanks Rowena, glad it raised a smile πŸ™‚

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  17. Not quite what he planned but it worked out reasonably well! Nice on Iain.

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  18. what an understanding husband. she got it made. πŸ™‚

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    1. He does what he can πŸ™‚

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  19. Iain, you know I’ve always loved your stuff and this is no exception!

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    1. What a lovely thing to say! Thank you Rosemary πŸ™‚

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  20. I was considering investing in a garden room, but now I’m living alone I have the whole house.

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    1. We definitely need the extra space!

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  21. Well, it only needed one of them out of the house!

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    1. Harmony restored! For now…

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  22. At least Archie gave it a go, but you’re wise in getting professionals. I hope your project goes well and you have your garden room soon, Iain! πŸ™‚

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    1. We’re halfway and looking good so far! πŸ™‚

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  23. It’s the thought that counts, right? And look at all the pineapples he brought her. Or is that to hold up the wall?

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    1. That is the wall! πŸ™‚

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  24. I suspect it won’t be long before Agnes is at him again for an upgrade. He might get his flower beds back. Fun story. I like this couple.

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    1. Thanks Margaret, plenty of stories featuring them over the years, always nice to pop in and see how they’re doing.

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  25. Hahahaha ! Love it
    I do complain about my partners slurping sounds so I totally agree haha. Sounds like the perfect compromise !

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    1. Me too (not that that is the only reason that we are getting a garden room!) πŸ™‚

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