Garden Wall

Posted: April 23, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Brick-by-brick, the gardener built his wall, remembering the days when a white picket fence had been enough.

There was a flutter of wings and he turned, brandishing his trowel like a sword. A bluejay cocked its head to one side, looking at him in what he thought was a very judgmental way, especially for a bird.

“Sorry,” he muttered, lowering the trowel. “Thought you might be something else.”

The bird’s head shifted as if to say “And now you’re talking to a bird.”

“Well, what do you know?” the gardener grumbled. “You’re just a bird.”

He smoothed down the mortar and gently lowered a brick into place. It landed with the heavy thud of a slamming door.

The gardener brushed his hands and smiled.

“I’d like to see them get through that!”

He gathered his tools and trundled off, wheelbarrow toddling behind him like a young child being led by the hand. When he’d gone, the bird let out a chorus of song.

Over and under the vines crawled, winding limbs of green slithering in. A hundred glimmering wings filled the air. In the distance, a horn sounded.

The faerie folk were coming into his garden, wall or no wall.

Word Count: 200

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction. Thanks to John Brand for the prompt photo!

  1. Joe Owens says:

    Once the Great Wall seemed an invincible impediment, but now it is merely an architectural marvel. Sounds like the gardener’s wall is going to be the same.

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    There’s no keeping them out!

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  3. Nothing will deter the sprites estimation mark

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  4. Fairies are so magical, lovely story.

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  5. James says:

    That didn’t work so well.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. athling2001 says:

    Ha! So much for his efforts. Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. That’s great. There is no stopping them when they can use magic.

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