The Gardener’s Son
|“If I came upon a wasp’s nest and cried for help, what would you do?” Shauna interrogated her suitors.
“I’d set it aflame, kill the vermin. All for you, My lady.” The scribe puffed out his chest, checking her over like cattle.
“Wrong answer,” she said.
“I’d lead you away, and take care not to anger the adults. When the young have hatched, I’d bind you a bouquet from the nest, with red roses and gardenia.”
Shauna smiled. The gardener’s son wasn’t much to look at, but his words caressed like velvet. She went down on one knee.
Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re still in rerun modus because Rochelle is busy with her soon-to-be-published new book.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.
When I read Sandra Crook’s story last week, I saw how she challenges herself with writing in genres that are uncomfortable for her, writing-wise. She thinks that this makes you a better writer, and I think she is right. I want to challenge myself from time to time as well; all too often I fall back on ‘my’ genres, SF and F. But I’m having difficulties figuring out what makes me uncomfortable, writing-wise. I know that I don’t like to read too sweet, too cruel, too gory, or child abuse and incest. Still, I try to write about everything when the plot demands it. I seldom write romance just for romance’s sake though, so I’ve tried my hand on that this time around. There may be some blood and gore in the future. Or more romance. 😉
Image prompt ©Janet Webb. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Janet Webb’s permission.