A shortish story…

…for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Tension.





In the fluttering marquee, Mrs Green’s gooseberries stood proudly alongside Mr Adam’s artichokes, Mr Cox’s cucumber and Mrs Cook’s cabbages, little Miss Peters’ petit-pois were arranged like tiny green jewels, Molly Mason’s magnolias were magnificent and Mr Shaw’s sunflowers shone brightly; as for the Reverend Richard’s roses, well, praise be!

It was the afternoon of the Fittlewick Flower and Vegetable Society’s Awards Ceremony and the villagers were crowded around the platform in eager anticipation of walking away with prizes, unfortunately however, what should have been a convivial event was somewhat spoiled thanks to constant interruptions from Trickie Dickie Dobson who kept heckling. 

Dickie Dobson had several entries, sadly his Dahlias had drooped and his peas were past their best, his beans were brown and his petunias mostly petal-less, but as far as he was concerned his exhibits should have been awarded the Best in Show Shield, and boy did he complain as one by one the awards were handed out to everybody but him.

He moaned when John James received his certificate for the biggest and best beetroots, he jeered when Mr Pocock’s potatoes were praised and went bonkers as Mr Brooks was handed the Best Basket of Blossoms badge.

After a while, village policeman PC Percy Potter had to put down his glass of Mr Winstanley’s winning white wine and escort Dickie D towards the exit; “a curse on your cauliflowers and blight on your begonias” he yelled at the red-faced Master of Ceremonies Major Mason.

Calm was restored and as the Major opened the Golden Envelope to reveal the winner of this season’s coveted Silver Shovel and Spade Set for the village’s best garden, the tension was palpable, “and the award goes to … oh … erm … ah … this is awkward … PC Potter, would you mind popping outside and bringing Dickie Dobson back in please?”





Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting

33 thoughts on “A shortish story…

  1. Suzette Benjamin Mar 23, 2023 / 11:43

    Hahaha, oh, this is so fabulous. Your puns and perfect naming conventions add so much pomp to the prize ceremony.
    I am still laughing at someone cursing cauliflower!! And I love the twist at the end…perfect.

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  2. The Sicilian Storyteller Mar 23, 2023 / 12:08

    Hahaha! How very alliterative of you, Keith! Your description of Dickie Dobson had me laughing at all the double entendres; surely it wasn’t just me who read between the drooping dahlias! A wondrously witty work of wordplay! 🤗

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  3. ladysighs Mar 23, 2023 / 12:33

    I’m just wondering if you recorded the story with only one try? Please tell me you needed to redo it at least ten times!


  4. clark Mar 23, 2023 / 15:00

    (Note to self: Trouble coming up with character’s names both evocative and provocative, check in at Keith’s)

    Fun Six!

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  5. Natasha Mar 24, 2023 / 06:35

    That was quite a twist, to a very entertaining tale, dear Keith. I loved your narration.
    Did you ever do theatre ? :)))

    Dickie Dobson walking away with the laurels was quite that ending.

    I love the way you conjure up the characters and play around with double entendres!

    You are clever beyond words, my friend!

    And I need to reiterate this all over again, but….Please write that book!

    Happy weekend! 🙂


    • Keith's Ramblings Mar 24, 2023 / 14:02

      Firstly, no, a thespian I am not!

      You say such kind things Natasha, I can’t thank you enough.

      As for a book – I’m still thinking about it!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Frank Hubeny Mar 24, 2023 / 08:08

    I am glad to hear Dickie Dobson won something after all. Nice descriptions throughout.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Patricia Mar 24, 2023 / 22:15

    As a gardener Dickie should know about the importance of patience.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. GirlieOnTheEdge Mar 25, 2023 / 23:21

    You Keith, are the Allstar of alliteration and a most prodigious punster! Loved it!


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