Back to Earth.

A devout Anglican and stalwart leader in women’s ministry, Margaret Wesley didn’t believe in magic. Magic was the Devil’s work.

However, unwittingly Margaret’s new gardening book had taken her into unchartered territory, promising remarkable growth through talking to your plants.

Putting on her reading glasses, she started with the struggling Ipomoea purpurea vine:

“What comes out of the earth, returns to the earth…”

Astonished by the instant results, Margaret almost choked on her dentures. The vine was growing faster than a triffid, and was about to engulf her house.

“Mrs Wesley? Mrs Wesley?”

WHAT would she say to the Reverend?


This has been another contribution to Friday Fictioneers.


24 thoughts on “Back to Earth.

  1. neilmacdon

    Luckily she won’t have to say anything to the reverend – the vine is about to entomb her house until she’s woken by a prince’s kiss in 100 years

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    Laughed when I read she almost chocked on her dentures. Nicely take on the prompt.

  3. Rowena Post author

    yes, that possibility definitely crossed my mind, Neil. I really loved this prompt and felt it was ripe with potential.

  4. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much. I had had a phobia of false teeth all my life and much to my horror, they don’t always behave themselves.

  5. Rowena Post author

    I definitely need one of those too. Thank goodness we’ve had a bit of rain lately. Our garden is actually looking alright.

  6. Rowena Post author

    Someone like her would make an interesting addition to Harry Potter.
    That reminds me, that I’ve never read a Harry Potter book and should have a go.

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  8. rgayer55

    I thought this was hilarious, Rowena. My wife was a garden with the City Department of Parks and Recreation. Her boss would say to the plants, “Grow mother-f*cker, grow.” Somehow, she always got fantastic results.

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