99 word prompt : Sour harvest

September 21, 2017 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what it is to gather a harvest. You can use the phrase or show what it means without using the words. Go where the prompt leads.

To participate, here’s the link:  https://carrotranch.com/2017/09/22/september-21-flash-fiction-challenge-2/



South Florida, 1960’s, the sanitation engineers (aka garbage men) went on strike for a month.  Papers were easy to stack, and they didn’t stink. That couldn’t be said for potato peelings.

“I’ll bury them under the lime tree next to the dog,” Mom said.  “You can help.”

“Don’t you remember what happened the last time I tried to garden something?”

“Yes,” she frowned.  “You have a singular talent…you can kill anything that grows.”

The tree grew twice as tall in a year, fruit bending its branches.  Limeade every day for a month is not exactly my kind of harvest.