The Late Spring

Image copyright: Janet M Webb


We didn’t give it much thought when she and her dozen or so cats moved into the cottage opposite. People around here are pretty private and so no welcoming invitations to tea and scones were extended and she made no effort to interact with us. That’s the way we like it.

When the spring arrived and the grass refused to green and the flowers to bud we realized that she was a malign presence.

Soon after we burnt her on the common behind the church, things went back to normal.

Burning is much more fun than praying, don’t you think?


This written in response to Rochelle Wishoff-Fields‘ weekly 100 word challenge.

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23 Responses to The Late Spring

  1. Margaret says:

    That’s a chilling tale. Your comment above about this sort of intolerance being just under the surface comes through really strongly in the story. The characters’ motivation moves so seamlessly from coldness through paranoia to pure evil. Gripping.

  2. Oh wow! That’s all I am gonna say.

  3. Ouch.. The changed POV made it even more chilling. Especially the last line about what is fun.

  4. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Patrick,

    Are you moving to Maryland? Great story, nice spin on Rochelle’s. Watch out. She has an asbestos coat….



  5. Dear Patrick,

    Just for the record, I wrote my story before you wrote yours. Nyah, nyah, nyah.

    At any rate, I like the modern spin on the age old story. Your last line was perfect.



  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Patrick – what was the name of this town? I would like to contact the Welcome Wagon, they certainly didn’t like the new resident. Weird people. Never mind, I don’t want to know the name of the town,or the state. Good writing – creepy, but good! Nan 🙂

  7. To each his own? Very interesting town.

  8. plaridel says:

    i’d rather think that she was a victim of superstition.

  9. hafong says:

    A very efficient way of dealing with problem people. Why haven’t I thought of this? 🙂


  10. Honie Briggs says:

    Caught me off guard with that very true to life point of view. Nice piece o’ writing.

  11. elmowrites says:

    Nice look at a different side of the story. I like how it felt modern – intolerance lives on, it seems.

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