Friday Fictioneers – Signatures

PHOTO PROMPT © Trish Nankeville

Stooping, I examine the flowers. They are like…sea urchins, but growing from green stalks; or a constellation of arcing plasma in solar storms; or cells scurrying about their business in the dark hallways of the body. And, they are like themselves—fractal self-similar images in a hall of mirrors.

I know they bear secrets. What cryptic signatures do they carry of the ailments they cure? Why do these blooms fill me with terror? That too is a signature, and I hurry on.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

44 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Signatures

  1. Clever, scientific investigation going on here.
    Late in life I’m coming to appreciate the geometry of Australian native flowers. The structure is amazing, to touch them is intriguing and most of them smell divine.

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  2. Ah, as Stevie Wonder once said in a song called “the Secret Life of Plants” – “There is, there was, and probably will be…” I wish I could remember the words, but then it’s been almost 40 years since I heard it last and all that remains is the eerie tune and the first line. Great story, and oh the secrets we’ve yet to discover…

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  3. You nailed it! I had some similar impressions of those spiky blooms before I went another direction. Good thing too because I would not have said as well as you did. You managed to convey a thought as well as a character picking up his step to get beyond the visions conjured up.

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