Drabble Day – Garden

The Drabble Day Challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by http://thewriteaholicblog.wordpress.com/ and it involves writing a Drabble (a short story of 100 words, plus or minus 5) based around a particular prompt. This week the prompt was “GARDEN”.


Charaak sat on his haunches, patiently waiting for the spores to germinate. He had tried a new growing substrate and was quietly confident of good results.

There was a rapid movement beneath the surface and the appressorium broke through into the light, writhing snakelike as it grew. A purple fruiting body already beginning to form.

Around the base of the new growth, a strange red goo was pooling; seeping from inside the formerly motile growing substrate. Whatever it was, it seemed to be the perfect food.

Charaak wondered if more motiles could be found in that strange metal tube that had fallen from the sky…


About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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2 Responses to Drabble Day – Garden

  1. tskraghu says:

    Pregnant with possibilities! Sent me to the dictionary, learnt new words! Tks.

  2. Aheïla says:

    Very intriguing. I like how you took us through the whole process (from spore to fruit) within the limited amount of words.

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