Where have the flower’s gone?

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C. Dale Rogerson

These flowers seemed way too funerial for me this week… but they did inspire me to find a happy story…


He sat on the corner everyday, reading his newspaper and smiling at the passersby. He’d been there for so many years that people no longer noticed his bright red rubber nose, oversized shoes, or even his painted face. He was just a ‘fixture’ they’d come to expect; like the fountain in the square, or the statue at the war memorial in the park.

Then, one day, he was no longer there.

The bench was empty.

Everyone noticed, then.

wc: 78

Author’s Note: I really didn’t like how this ended so I wrote a continuation if you should care to read another 107 words…

The local police department was inundated with calls and units were dispatched to investigate. No one knew who the clown was, or where he lived. The case was closed.

Miles away, in another city, a man dressed in baggy clothes with shoes that were several sized too large for him, stepped down from a plane with a newspaper tucked under his arm.

All around him, he saw people looking his way and smiling, even laughing. With ease, he crossed the concourse and took a seat on an empty bench to read his newspaper.

The moral of this story: Sometimes all it takes is a change of Locale…

If you would like to join the 100 word weekly writing craze known as Friday Fictioneers, please join us out at the blog of our lovely hostess, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Thank you, Dale Rogerson for such an inspirational photo this week. We love to see you stop by, and maybe even share a story with us.  You can find us all at: https://rochellewisoff.com/?wref=b





31 thoughts on “Where have the flower’s gone?

  1. I started laughing immediately at the opening. You have a good sense of humor, Jell. Overall, the story was very well written and, yeah, you could have dropped seven of those words to make it fit, but it was all SO enjoyable and a very real message, too. Nice work! 🙂

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  2. The first 78 words work well in engendering a mystery, but I enjoyed the moral of the tale in the extended version. It’s true that if someone or something is in one place long enough, only its sudden absence will remind people it was ever there in the first place.

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