The Friday Fictioneers is a writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!
“All done, Emma would be proud,” Mr. Cratchett wiped his forehead. He had raked the leaves, stacked the firewood, removed piles of twigs, and made everything neat and tidy.
“Wrong!” A tiny figure appeared in front of him and scowled. “Why are you kicking your friends out?”
“Shuddup. As your garden-elf I must help you.”
“Shuddup. Emma planted roses and hawthorn for the birds and the bees, left apples and twigs for the hedgehogs, leaves on the ground… She was smart, not like you!”
“Will you help me be like her?”
“You promise no poison?”
This is a topic dear to my heart. We have a messy garden and are an oasis of life in a sea of spotless lawns and sterile forsythia and cherry laurel hedges. In summer, our garden is humming, warbling and buzzing with activity. We’re not using any pesticides. Beneficial insects, birds, worms, lizards, hedgehogs and other small critters, and our soil, thank us for it. We have a small pond with frogs and newts and the occasional harmless snake. It’s a great place to sit next to in summer, enjoy a cooling breeze, and tip our toes in.
I had to cut this down from over 200 words, no idea if it still works.