The Field – Friday Fictioneers

AnElephantCant grow crops
He does not have what you call green fingers
But you can be sure
He has first class manure
Although boy oh boy that pong really lingers

Once again it is Friday Fictioneer time.
Our ambitious agricultural ambassador Rochelle sows the seeds to cultivate a cool collection of clever chronicles.
And AnElephant finds stony ground.
The idea is to write a very short story, circa 100 words, based on this picture prompt (below).
That’s it.

© Marie Gail Stratford

© Marie Gail Stratford

The Field

I had expected it to be greener.
And somehow livelier.
But it is barren and deserted.
Maybe my memory is playing tricks on me.
Or maybe things have changed since the pictures were taken.
It has taken me far longer than planned to get here.
But things happen on a journey.
Mechanical failure, illness, and other more urgent matters cause delays, even with the best preparation.
And I did not prepare very well.
It was more of an impulse.
Because it was a good time for me to get away, in case questions got asked.
So I came to Earth.

About AnElephantCant

An artist/writer/poet combination whose blogs reflect an approach to life that celebrates nature and takes a tongue-in-cheek view of most issues. So you get rhymes and doodles, photographs and comment. Irreverent and irrelevant. Occasionally funny, sometimes serious, mostly pointless. https://anelephantcant.me/
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57 Responses to The Field – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Creatopath says:

    Great twist at the end! I enjoyed your story.

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  2. Margaret says:

    I love this. The surprise ending is fantastic – an alien who’s disappointed with the landscape! Delightful.

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  3. gahlearner says:

    So that’s why E.T always wanted to go home. Great twist in the end, and I loved the poem, too.

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  4. Dale says:

    Maybe if thei poor alien had decided to come in spring…

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  5. subroto says:

    An alien holiday or an alien escape, nicely done.

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  6. adamjasonp says:

    Pretty nice for a “poop poem.”

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  7. afairymind says:

    Great last line! I hope he’s just landed in the wrong place and time and that the whole of the Earth isn’t barren and deserted.

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  8. Very nice. 🙂

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  9. McGuffy Ann says:

    Well, I didn’t see that coming! Excellent.

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  10. Dear Elephant, this story is assuredly not crap. 😉 Questions are mos’ def being asked. Hoping for a prequel.

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  11. livingonchi says:

    Nice surprise ending!

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  12. storydivamg says:

    That twist works on several levels, but the story is universal along the way too. Interestingly, the field in the photograph would be much greener today than it was when I shot it. Amazing what a few months and several healing rains will do to the land.

    All my best,
    MG

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  13. Dear Elephant,

    Aliens on holiday. That’s a different concept and a cunning twist. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  14. Horus says:

    Could it be a human coming back to origin ?

    and “lingering pong” was nice angle too! 😉

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  15. LOL. Loved it. You got me with the last line – no clue ’til then.

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  16. Ha. I loved that last line!

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  17. “And somehow livelier” – Maybe those old pictures were taken in New York or New Orleans during Mardi Gras and the space ship was blown off course.

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  18. Alien or not, I thought elephants had excellent memories! And I must agree…that poop poem was very funny. 🙂

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  19. That is an interesting perspective to take. I wonder if aliens might not know about seasons and if they came in winter might think it was a different one from the green world they saw from afar. Great job.
    -David

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  20. Some alien on a gap year misread the brochures! Nice.

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  21. ansumani says:

    Good twist at the last line there. Looks like the aliens have laws to run away from too 🙂

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  22. Oh wow! I thought of aliens too! Brilliant little story.
    Rosey Pinkerton

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  23. I guess there are several reasons for an alien to come.. But I guess the renegades are the worst.

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  24. Oooh I love an alien invasion! And the poem about the manure made me laugh. Great job!

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  25. Ah it just goes to show you can’t go home again. What we remember is never there.

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