a short story…

for the Ragtag Daily Prompt where today’s given word is Sabotage

Let me read it to you! (may not work in some countries!)




“Who’ll win this year?” asked Marigold.

The genteel ladies of the Azalea Avenue gardening club were sitting in a circle nibbling Heather’s fairy cakes and sipping jasmine tea. The upmarket street was famed for its flower-filled front gardens, but beneath the apparent camaraderie lay deep-seated rivalry. Tomorrow they would each pluck blooms from their borders and display them in a fancy marquee on the green halfway down the street.

“Daisy may win again,” said Violet trying to conceal the snarling resentment within.

“Rose’s petunias stand a chance” suggested Primrose.

“What about my dahlias?” asked Poppy.

Just then the truck delivering the marquee rumbled down the street. They all dashed outside and started directing the driver as he attempted to reverse onto the green.

“Back” said Lilac.

“Left” bellowed Blossom.

“Forward” suggested Petal.

No-one admits it, but it’s pretty certain that the too-ing ‘n fro-ing was a deliberate attempt to sabotage Daisy’s chances of winning again. It will take her years to restore her borders after the carnage caused by the truck’s twisting and spinning wheels.




7 thoughts on “a short story…

  1. Christine Goodnough Nov 8, 2019 / 14:13

    Oh, vicious! Well told as always…but vicious!
    And what are fairy cakes? A search of Merriam-Webster got me to fairntickle (ferntickle) — definitely a word to file away for future use. 🙂
    At any rate, eating the fairy cakes didn’t make the ladies more benevolent.


    • Keith's Ramblings Nov 8, 2019 / 21:41

      You make a cupcake, cut the top off, and spread icing on it. Slice the bit you cut off in two and stick them back on like wings! Much as I love the M-W dictionary, it is very American so it probably wouldn’t have clue about something so quintessentially British!

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  2. Sadje Nov 8, 2019 / 14:26

    Tut tut! Jealousy makes us do such vicious things.


  3. lindakempwriter Nov 9, 2019 / 23:27

    Great story! Love the fairy cakes, or sometimes known as butterfly cakes here in Australia. They remind me of my grandma who made the BEST butterfly cakes, filled with a dollop of jam and cream before placing the wings back on.

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