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Harvest

28 June, 2012

Because i need to write more fiction, i have taken inspiration from Five Sentence Fiction:

 

As he tugged another fresh apple from the tree, felt the snap of the stalk, the brush of the leaves as they sprang back, their fruit released, he mused on fortune. The fortune that gave some land oil, some land a bounteous orchard, some land a picturesque rolling landscape, some land a derelict and collapsing  industrial estate.

He took another apple, placed it carefully with the others in the fold of his old sweater, stained, slightly torn, worn, warm, loved. The sound of a tractor starting carried across the orchard, a male voice called out, a dog barked, snarled, approached in the next field.

He ran, clambered the ivy-covered brick wall, dropping all of the apples save for one he held in his teeth, ran as best he could in his holed shoes with flapping soles, and didn’t stop until he reached the corner of the abandoned warehouse where his blanket waited.

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28 Comments
  1. Delilah permalink

    Great job!

  2. What a juicy story. I wish I had a Granny Smith apple at my desk right now.

  3. TheOthers1 permalink

    Nice. I love reading good fiction. Nicely done. I’ll be talking this prompt after a bit.

  4. I assumed one thing in the beginning and then found out I was wrong. Love when my assumptions are twisted into something more interesting! Nice!!!

  5. Awww…feel sorry for the poor, homeless hobo. A curse on those harvesters, upsetting his dinner. Probably the only decent food he’s eaten in months. Nice work.

  6. lisashambrook permalink

    Beautifully written, and loved the twist!

  7. Ah, my heart went out to the man who is struggling to survive. Great job!

  8. I like thinking about how people can often let us down, but the earth, if nurtured, can provide wordless sustenance to anyone in need. Beautiful piece.

  9. JTsuruoka permalink

    A tale well-told. You blend the classic fable with modern reality very well.

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