The Leaving

Photo copyright Sandra Crook. Thank you Sandra

Photo copyright Sandra Crook. Thank you Sandra.

We walked away, knowing it was the end of the world as we had known it. Throughout our town and thousands of places the plants were taking over.

Bursting out of their bonds, driving us out of our homes.

It had all started with the mother of an electrical storm, which enveloped the globe. Winds blasted every nook and cranny, driving seeds into every place possible. Some said it was gods retribution for the way we had treated nature. Whatever, the storm had fired up a latent grown gene in the plants allowing them to thrive. Driving out humanity’s seed. Our time was up.


Footnote: Sometime I am lucky and a story just writes itself. Then again perhaps this story came from my dislike of the way many nations are plastering the earth with concrete. Whichever thank you Sandra for the photo which gave me the opportunity to vent my spleen.🙂

This Post Has 67 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    Yay. But I’m still with the people

    1. Michael Humphris

      Me too, but we have a lot to learn.

  2. JS Brand

    You’ve surprised me again with an imaginative take on the prompt. I’d never have come up with this idea. It’s a good one and it works. I’m starting to suspect though, that there’s a bit of triffid in your DNA. Or maybe you have a heart of oak?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you John, no triffid but a lot of oak.

  3. Reena Saxena

    Truly imaginative! Our subconscious impacts what we churn out. And it appears, as if we were just a medium for the word flow.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Reena,

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Like JS, my thoughts went to the triffids. If Nature doesn’t stage a revolt soon, there might not be enough foliage left to revolt. Well done and imaginative.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Rochelle. For myself I need nature to thrive.

  5. Mrs.Dash

    Nice read

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Mrs Dash

  6. granonine

    Ah. The body-snatching plants? Great story 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do hope they are not body-snatchers, but I have not seen the next instalment of this story yet.

  7. Iain Kelly

    A novel take on such a picturesque photo!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain. It certainly was picturesque, I had to steel myself not to write a happy occourance.

  8. Rosemary Carlson

    You have a wonderful imagination!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rosemary: The prompt really worked well for me this time.

  9. Lynn Love

    I agree with the others, Michael – great take on the prompt, full of intrigue and possibility. And I’m with you, I hate it when I see people tarmacing their drives and so many houses having astro turf instead of a grass lawn. What is the matter with people.
    Vive les plantes!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Lynn, I love architecture; but I just see better ways of integrating people and nature.

      1. Lynn Love

        Very true, Michael

  10. James

    I’ve written a number of “nature’s revenge” tales myself, but I always leave a remnant of humanity left just to see if we’ve learned our lesson.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I begin to feel that we will never learn that lesson. I do hope that I am wrong.

  11. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    What a surprising story coming from the prompt… but somehow I think that Nature will shake off humanity like a dog would to with too much lice.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Bjorn.

  12. Clare Hempstead

    This is a fantastic take on the prompt. I totally agree with you regarding man building all over nature. We will have no green areas left before too long.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Clare,

  13. patriciaruthsusan

    I hate too much concrete also. It’s raising temperatures. You know if a place is neglected the plants take over and break up concrete. Nature will always find a way to survive. We need nature, it doesn’t need us. Good writing, Michael. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne. Besides the health of the globe, I believe that there are many medicines still to be discovered. Each plant species we loose reduces the gene pool that we can benefit from.

  14. draliman

    Nicely “Day of the Triffids”-esque.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much drailman, I saw the way the flowers seemed to be busting from the windows and a couple of people leaving, and so the story was set.

  15. Sarah Potter Writes

    It really works this story as a response to the pristine buildings and clean street in the photo, because once the foliage took over places such as that, you would know that the end was nigh for humanity.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sarah, I saw flowers bursting from the windows and a couple leaving and so the story entered my head.

  16. Sascha Darlington

    Love this! Would be nice if people were more aware of the environment around them instead of bulldozing it down.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, I agree about the enviroment.

  17. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    I’m with you and Joni Mitchell, they’ve paved paradise. Great creative take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, they are destroying paradise.

  18. Mrs. Completely

    Nice! At least it’s not insects taking over. :o)

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s true, I enjoy most plants, but insects unsettle me.

      1. Mrs. Completely

        Me too. I like your version much, much better. :o)

  19. plaridel

    this reminds me of a battlefield where many had died. now, it’s covered with grass hiding the mess that happened there. when plants do take over the world, we can expect humanity’s fingerprints to go away with it.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That’s so true. Thank you Plaridel

  20. subroto

    Time to turn over a new leaf then? Imaginative take on the prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you, Subroto

  21. Keith's Ramblings

    I can see the wild poppies commemorating the folk that once lived there. Delightfully different.

    My FF story, Ma Fantaisie Francais!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you. Keith

  22. Dale

    What a refreshing take… usually the Earth is drying up in these stories. Sad for the humans, but kinda cool for the vegetation!

    1. Michael Humphris

      The vegetation is rampantly happy. Thank you for your supportive comments.

  23. Inside the Mind of Isadora

    My, My, Michael. A bit of the future in this one. Earth can take just so much. Then, it’s payback.
    Great take on the photo prompt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Isadora.

  24. mjlstories

    The invasion has already started – buddleia filled guttering is just the first stes. Power to the plants – they can do without us; we can’t do without them! Interesting story!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Buddleia’s beautiful, thank you Mjl.

  25. spicedmullings

    Good one. I’ve often wondered if our longsuffering earth would fight back, fed up with our antics. Like it!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am glad to give a possible answer. Thank you for your feedback.

  26. rgayer55

    There was a show on Discovery, or one of those channels, called “100 years after man” that I remembered upon reading this post. It’s amazing how fast Mother Nature can recover if man isn’t interfering.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Russell. Sometime I do forget how quickly plants can re-establish them-self, given half a change. I do enjoy seeing plants comming to life. Thank you for reading. Mike

  27. yuhublogger

    I’m so glad that plants are taking their revenge! Loved this take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am so pleased that you enjoyed this piece of Flash Fiction. Thank you for commenting.

      1. yuhublogger

        My pleasure!

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you

  28. Fatima Fakier Deria

    A warning for mankind! I also do not like the concrete jungle that continuously creeps into nature.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Fatima. Blanketing the soil with concrete is in my view wrong. I can think of better ways of living side by side with nature.

  29. amiewrites74

    Very unique and imaginative interpretation of the prompt. I really enjoyed it!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you for your comments amie. I felt the hotel burp when it enjoyed room 215

      1. amiewrites74

        You’re welcome! Yes, that burp is exactly what I was going for!

  30. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    Good story but you need to replace that second we in the first paragraph with a comma.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Dawn, I appreciate the help. The [we] has gone.

  31. Michael Wynn

    I too am anti-concrete but you expressed it so well

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Michael.

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