Friday, October 19, 2012

FSF Challenge - Flawed



While checking out a few writer's blogs the other day, I stumbled upon one with a writing challenge called Lillie McFerrin Writes. This particular challenge was to write a five-sentence story using the word "flawed" as an inspiration for the theme. I decided try give it a try, and being a more of a horror/science fiction writer, took that bent. I even used the picture of the dead tree on her page as inspiration, although that doesn't seem to be a prerequisite. I placed a "dead tree" picture from FreeDigitalPhotos.net on my post since I wasn't sure about the rights for the image on Lillie's page. My "submission" follows:



Circle of Life


Image courtesy of porbital / FreeDigitalPhotos.net



It was deemed to be absolutely safe, this new biological control being applied to an oak growing on the laboratory testing grounds. The genetically modified fungus would attack the invasive insect destroying the tree, devouring the soft internal structures of their bodies as it multiplied within, and spread relentlessly until not a single one remained, all the while allowing other insects, the beneficial ones, to thrive. And it did precisely that as the scientists and businessmen congratulated themselves upon their imminent victory over their vile, six-legged adversary. After some time, however, the tree itself died, and some time beyond that, and well past the first shipping date for the wondrous new insecticide, before anyone took notice. And then the small bush next to the tree, it also perished, along with the grass around the tree, and even the weeds, all within an ever-expanding fairy-ring of death.


Note: I've had to rearrange a few commas since my original posting. What can I say? It's a hobby...


The image of the dead tree used above the story text on this page is  courtesy of porbital / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


© 2012 K. R. Smith

10 comments:

  1. Ouch! Yes, I'd say that it was flawed!

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    1. "Just a minor problem," said corporate headquarters...

      Thanks for reading!

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  2. Grim and gruesome.

    Good job.

    I see you also have a good understanding of corporations.

    Cheers!
    JzB

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    1. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment! I'll have to try a few more of these challenges.

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  3. Nicely done; a relevance to the pharmaceutical as well as agro industry. An original take on the prompt.

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    1. Thanks for reading! I'll have to check out some of your stories on MicroHorror. I've been getting a bit more into flash fiction lately.

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  4. Oops, and scarily so, because it could really happen... really thought provoking piece!

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    1. Tell me about it! I truly do appreciate the time you (and all the others) have taken to read my FSF entry, and I'd like to give a longer reply, but I've really got to get over to the garden center before they close...

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  5. Oooh,lovely contradiction with that "fairy-ring of death." Well done!

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