Monthly Gathering

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

“Hey, Ma, come look at this.”

“One minute.”

I finished the transaction and grabbed the basket with a few jars of canned fruit and veggies.

We walked through the little booths and trucks that had gathered in the middle of the dusty plain.  I only glanced at the goods and food on display.  Some looked interesting, but I knew the basket would be my only purchase this month.

The truck Jimmy wanted to show me was at the edge, near the solar panels and charging stations.

I stopped.

“What are those?” Jimmy asked.

The tears came unbidden.

“Flowers,” I said.


word count = 100

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42 thoughts on “Monthly Gathering

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      If there are only limited resources for food… I agree, I hope people see the need to feed the human spirit as well as bodies and we continue to see flowers, even if it gets as bleak as this story.


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I guess it could be not too futuristic: It could be a near future in a place that already has limited resources for plant growth (Australian Outback?) where the resources are too scarce for planting anything but edible vegetation. Of course it might be a bit farther down the road than that, but, it’s all up to the way you see it :)


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Since you ask ;) It could be that they are using the limited arable land for survival, and flowers are a luxury (of course most crops have flowers, but…) Maybe there are plenty of flowers many, many miles away, but few make it across that perilous trade routes to their desolate place. Or perhaps there are no more plants and the only fruits and vegetables are in those rapidly diminishing jars…

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Post-apocalypse, at any rate – it could be the aftermath of a long nuclear winter that kills most plants, or an asteroid that does the same, or climate change or…



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