FFfAW– The Man in the Garden Shed

Posted: September 5, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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With the first golden leaves of autumn, he came.

He made no announcement. Nobody saw him arrive. One day he was simply there: an old man, about four feet in height, with a curling white beard. His cap was dark crimson and his coat was bright orange.

At first, they tried to make him leave, as they would with any stranger who’d shown up in their shed. He refused to listen to them, maintaining that this was where he would stay for the season, no matter what they said.

They called the police, but when they arrived in their blue uniforms, truncheons in hand, he was nowhere to be seen. The moment the police were gone, he was back, a defiant smile on his face.

So he stayed put until winter’s cold shook the branches bare.

As the first frost formed on the window panes, he vanished into the night.

Word Count: 150

This is for Flash Fiction for the Aspiring Writer. Thanks to Priceless Joy for running the challenge and to Phylor for proving the prompt photo!

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Very mysterious, nice sense of tone. Excellent.

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  2. Michael says:

    I like how you created mystery and engagement with your story…well done..

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  3. dorothy says:

    Hmm, I really wonder who he is. Good read!

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  4. Love this mysterious story! Made me think of Jack Frost only this man is Jack Fall. Great story!

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  5. Graham Lawrence says:

    A bit of mystery. I agree with Iain, nice tone.

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  6. jademwong says:

    Oooh so are we ever going to find out who the mysterious stranger is? Is magic afoot? Very intriguing tale!


  7. maria says:

    Eerie!! I wonder what happens next. 😀

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  8. Ellespeth says:

    Seasons come and go on their own schedule I suppose.

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  9. Singledust says:

    fantastic read! loved the mystery and that little man who disappeared and reappeared and smiled a cheeky smile, he was on a mission. but what? keeping me guessing thats the best part about this story. NICE!

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  10. afairymind says:

    Wonderfully mysterious story, JA. The old man sounds like he might be the personification of autumn to me. 🙂

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  11. hrh66 says:

    Really nice, love the imagery created in this.

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  12. mandibelle16 says:

    Very interesting. I picture a little gnome like man staying in the shed for the winter. Something a bit mysterious and with magic capabilities. Nice write!

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  13. Su says:

    ohh! One more story to link to mine as a beginning… Niiiceee! http://www.moipensieve.com/fffaw/picture-worth-saving-lifetime/

    Loved the mystery…

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  14. milliethom says:

    I really like this. You’ve cleverly created a little ‘Autumn Man’. He seems to be to autumn what Jack Frost is to winter. Great description of him and his clothing.

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  15. Curiouser and curiouser. I wonder where he went..

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