Against the grain

PROMPT -© Marie Gail Stratford

“Shhhh!” Meg hissed. “Get the hell down!”

Tracey ducked behind a rusty spreader. “Sorry,” she whispered. “But this seems wrong.”

“Wrong?” Meg burst out, her shout echoing between farm buildings. “What’s ‘wrong’ is what this stuff does to people.”

In the moonlight Meg seemed less the crusader Tracey had followed; instead with chaff embedded in her dreadlocks she looked comical, a ridiculous scarecrow hippy. Tracey’s gut roiled as Meg finished connecting explosives to the silos.

“But this isn’t even a GMO crop!”

“Sorry Trace,” said Meg. She looked up, eyes wide, hungry for chaos. “But I just can’t tolerate gluten.”

100 words

Ok, ok, its a silly joke, but I couldn’t help myself.

So, this is my entry to this week’s Friday Fictioneers ; where the aim is to write a story – beginning, middle, and end – in 100 words, based on the photo prompt. Check here for the rest of the stories.

It’s another quick one, as I’m slightly busier at work than normal. I hope this actually makes sense!






Published by: wildbilbo

My name is Kristian Thoroughgood, alternately known as KT to my friends, or @WildBilbo on twitter. As of August 2015, I am forty years old. Australian. My blog is intended to be both a place for me to polish my creative writing muscles (not a double entendre) and for others to read and comment on my musings. Expect short stories, articles, essays and other brain dumps. My opinions are my own, and whilst I take care to be at least moderately informed about any topic I speak or write about, these opinions are subject to rapid change in the face of passionate arguments and greater evidence. Please note - on my blog, Evidence beats Passion.

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26 thoughts on “Against the grain”

    1. Hi Margaret- oh yeah, I’ve a mate who’s extremely ceoliac & has multiple surgeries because of it. It’s poison to the wrong people… But only those people. 🙂

      In glad you liked it!

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    1. Haha! All names have been changed to protect the… author from the Wheat lobby 🙂

      Thanks Tracey , glad you liked it. Are all your recipes Gluten free? Because I’ll send a few to my mum (ceoliac).


  1. *Groan*

    I’m getting a Terry Pratchett vibe from this one, and I mean that in the best way. The imagery of the chaffy dreadlocks was well timed, worked perfectly for me.

    THE ENDING, THOUGH, that’s how I can tell you’re a father. Got a reaction from me for sure, good delivery.

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