Patrick’s Theory

Photo prompt courtesy of Penny Gadd.

Patrick’s Theory

‘You can laugh, but here’s proof.’ I hated to admit he was right. 

Patrick’s experiment was working: two garden beds, one lavished with love, the other merely watered and fertilised. The difference was remarkable.

Patrick was delighted – he doted on his ‘lovelies’, stroking their branches, murmuring soft words. He spent whole nights with his arms entwined in dangling foliage, his face pressed into spongy mulch.

Enough was enough. I needed some of that affection. I stormed outside, hedge-trimmer ready, then froze. There was Patrick, delicate green fronds shooting from his fingertips, his legs furrowed, woody, rooted in soft soil.

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Another story for Friday Fictioneers. Thanks once more to Rochelle for hosting the weekly link-up. You can read all the other hundred word stories here.

29 thoughts on “Patrick’s Theory

    • Patrick was obsessive, and one has to be careful about obsessions. They take hold. I’m glad you were surprised, and I like that you found echoes of The Twilight Zone in my story. Thanks so much, Suzanne.

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