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Please let us in Col Rhubarb, it is coming, we heard the church bells and saw you taken in here. We are not simple village folk you know. Please let us in. Please do not deny us.

Go away you idiots. You will let it in here. You are safer out there. You have sun light, and fresh air. It is dark and cold in here. They have shut me in for the winter- Col Mustard loves me to grow strong and straight- and I have to be a pale pink. But its Jack Frost he is coming, he’s deadly.


Today I was going to write a piece about nuclear shelters. But I stopped at the bank on the way to the internet cafe. In the bank I met a gentle old pug known as Col Mustard. So the story changed, and I will have to save the my trip to the nuclear shelter for another day. I am sorry that you are denied such a treat.🙂

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  1. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I can imagine Col Mustard. Love the name from Clue. Winter is not my favorite season…Jack Frost can stay away for all I care.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, I will have to look up Clue.

  2. neilmacdon

    a tale of possession and passion. forced rhubarb

    1. Michael Humphris

      I saw the wild flowers at the entrance and away I went.

  3. Iain Kelly

    A timely tale – heavy frost here this morning! If plants and vegetables have thoughts, I imagine they are like this at the moment. Great idea, nicely written.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, keep warm and writing,

  4. Claire Fuller

    This is so wonderful – surreal and funny, with undertones of horror. I love it. (I think Clue is the US equivalent of Cluedo – Colonel Mustard…)

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased about how Denied came over. Thank you. Clue-Cluedo is a game which passed me by. If it had a Col Mustard it must have been a great game.

      1. Claire Fuller

        Col Mustard in the dining room with the lead piping… it’s all about murder. It is quite a good game.

  5. Snow's Fissures and Fractures

    Loved your take on the prompt, stay away from nuclear shelters. 😀

    1. Michael Humphris

      Will try, thanks for the positive note.mike

  6. neelwritesblog

    A surreal story.
    Liked it a lot.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, It was strange I set out to write about a group of people trying to enter a nuclear shelter, and up popped Col Rhubarb.

  7. Sandra

    Such a brilliant take on the prompt. I can guarantee no-one else will go down this path, I think.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, Col Rhubarb is smiling.

  8. ceayr

    Talking Rhubarb is a first for me, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I talk rhubarb all the time,

  9. Dale

    That was fun indeed! Definitely will be a one-of-a-kind story this week!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I had a little luck by meeting Col Mustard in the bank.

  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Unique and fun… love the names, though I have to admit I have never played Cluedo…but I still love the Rhubarb… would be hard when Jack Frost (the reaper) are coming.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Rhubarb can be just great when well used. I had a little luck meeting a grand old pug called Col Mustard. He swung the story for me with his cheeky face and great name. The rest just fell into place as luckily it does on rare occasions.

  11. gahlearner

    Yes, you win the price for uniqueness this week, I’m certain. 😀 What a brillliant story, garden plants talking to each other. Wonderful.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I had a little luck this week, when I met a grand old pug called Col Mustard, just before writing my story. The rest as they say just fell into place. My original idea was to write a story about a group of people trying to gain entry to a shelter. What I ended up with – was fortunately much better.

  12. wmqcolby

    Hey, Mike, a great take on the prompt! Thinking outside the box … marvelous!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much, I was fortunate with this story

  13. draliman

    That Jack Frost is deadly for sure. Talking rhubarb.. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      He also brings life, but not to plants like the Gentian.. 🙂

  14. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Great character names!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I had a little help with this one, from a pug called Col Mustard.

  15. Rowena

    Michael, Great thinking outside the box. My daughter loves pugs and would’ve loved to meet Col Mustard.
    xx Rowena

    1. Michael Humphris

      I now wish that i had taken a picture of Col Mustard for her, he was cute.

  16. Michael Wynn

    Great take. I have an allotment and often wonder what the plants would say.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I think that they would be shivering tonight, and asking for fleece jackets.

  17. Clare Hempstead

    Great fun! A unique take on the prompt and I love the POV!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Clare,

  18. rgayer55

    Very whimsical and entertaining. Jack Frost is supposed to visit us a couple of days from now.

    1. Michael Humphris

      As a gardener I always see Jack Frost as part of natures cycle, but only if the stove in the potting shed was working well.

  19. patriciaruthsusan

    I didn’t understand until I realized they were vegetables. Cute and humorous story. Good writing, Mike. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne for letting me know how this story came over. I think on hindsight that I should not have made Rhubarb a Colonel. Two differing Colonel in one story was one colonel too many. Also in one place I think that my grammar Was incorrect – but I loved writing this story.

  20. Amy Reese

    I can just see Col Mustard with the candlestick! I loved playing Clue as a kid. Great story, Michael. What a unique experience to meet a Col Mustard in real life.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Amy, Colonel Mustard was certainly a character, I only wish that I had taken a picture of him.

      1. Amy Reese

        Yes. Maybe you’ll run into him again.

        1. Michael Humphris

          I do hope so. Mike

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