Of All He Surveys

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 17 July 2021, realm.

Touring kingdom, king passed by some trees
Breathed in pollen and gave a great sneeze
His knees started to swell,
Then he let out a yell,
He had come down with Dutch Realm Disease.

Dutch Elm Disease is a fungus which attacks mainly elm trees, often with fatal consequences. It gets around, spreading through both Europe and North America, although it is thought to have originated in Asia. It only acquired the name Dutch because it was first pinpointed by Dutch botanists in the 1920s.


Prompt image for the Fandango One Word Challenge prompt

Dragging It Out

This is my response to the Flashback Track Friday prompt, where we were given Got To Give It Up by Marvin Gaye and challenged to:

Write about something that you need to give up.
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July’s Hundred-Word Story

I tried that 100-word story prompt again this month. The prompt is good through the end of July, if you feel like trying. The prize is that they republish your flash, no money involved. The image this month was:

“How much more, Jose?”

“Shouldn’t be long. Almost through.”

The two sweated by the side of the tomb. Robbing graves was hard work, thought Miguel as he swigged the water. Come on Jose, one final heave.

“Miguel!”, hissed Jose, “It’s moving!”.

Miguel rushed to help, spilling the water down his already-filthy checked shirt, and using the last of their combined strength, the two eventually prised the tomb open.

Miguel overflowed. “We’re rich, Jose, rich! Now, crawl inside and bring us some treasure”.

Minutes later Jose re-appeared, his hands empty except for a half-brick. Attached was a note. “Too late, sucker.”

[100 Words]