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Friday Fictioneers – Plant

22 August, 2014

The man on the weights next to me was lifting enormous dumbells, and counting his reps in a strained voice. But I soon noticed his counting didn’t coincide with each arc of his arm. He reached sixty, then dropped the weights to the floor and sat on the bench. The counting continued until he reached one hundred, at which point he stopped and smiled to himself in the mirror.
“I have to ask,” I said, “what are you counting?”
“It’s Friday,” he said enigmatically, “I’m counting my words.”
Finally, I understood. He had been sent this prompt pic by Rochelle:


I received it too. And these are my 100 words:



Sir, can you spare a moment to tell the viewers about your… unique farm?

I think it was a logical step from the biofuel we’ve been producing for the last ten years. We began experimenting in the lab, creating crops with different strengths and properties, always looking to expand the fuel’s uses and efficiencies.

One night my partner introduced some metallic elements into the recipe, wondering if that would improve the fuel’s harmonising with the machines, and that’s how we bred a plant that grew bolts. From there it’s a logical progression to our finest achievement yet… the Vehicle Plant.



  1. Really love your intro!

  2. And the main story.

  3. Hahha. I too love your intro and the story. Wouldn’t it be good if we could grow vehicle plants!

  4. If there’s now a 3-D printer, i see no reason why a plant can’t grow into a veiclwe.
    good growing! Er, going.


  5. And a fine specimen it is too… 🙂

  6. Lovely take on the prompt, and the intro was superb.

  7. Very clever intro and I like the story. I suppose beauty wasn’t the first consideration of the Vehicle Plant, but later versions might mix form and function. Great idea.

  8. Dear RG,

    Vehicle Plant? Interesting concept. And how could I not like your intro? Clever.



  9. Counting his words….ahahahaa!

  10. mscwhite permalink

    I too love your intro!

  11. RG, Great intro once again. Creative and humorous story. 🙂 I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if someone is working on that type of vehicle. When it gets old, could the owner make soup instead of junking it.? Well written as always. 🙂 —Susan

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