The Botanist

Image copyright: Björn Rudberg

Image copyright: Björn Rudberg

He smiled for the first time since entering the Centre. And why not. After all, he was alive and the late summer garden was full of colour and fragrance; and he hadn’t touched any stimulants, alcoholic or pharmaceutical, for six weeks now.

The doctors and shrinks and nurses and carers had been strict, determined, gentle and loving, and with their help he had pulled through. Hopefully his family and friends would forgive him for the terrible things he had done to them and others.

At the corner of his eye – almost hidden in the long grass – could it be? Amanita muscaria!

Written in response to Rochelle Wishoff-Fields’ weekly 100 word challenge.

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22 Responses to The Botanist

  1. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Patrick,

    My mind is swinging the other way from all of your previous fomenters. I say that the appearance of the mushroom is a sign…at just the right time. You can’t get addicted to mushrooms.

    Great story, no matter where it leads.



  2. All that work! – POOF! gone. I agree with Rochelle Just go back inside.

  3. liz young says:

    Addiction is hard to beat – I hope my family member does better. Good story, even if it is depressing 🙂

  4. Margaret says:

    All that gratitude and appreciation of nature’s curative powers. All that remorse and regret. All forgotten in an instant. Such a twist!

  5. Dear Patrick,

    Ah, the sacred mushroom. He might as well turn around and go back inside. 😉 Well done.

    Hope you had a great holiday.



  6. Sandra says:

    I think another six weeks of therapy is looming. Nicely done Patrick, Merry Christmas.

  7. Temptation temptation … I wonder if he will fall again.

  8. Honie Briggs says:

    Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Somebody has their work cut out for them.

  9. rgayer55 says:

    Oh, boy! Magic mushrooms! Now, he can go on a trip without ever leaving the Centre.

  10. storydivamg says:

    Dear Patrick,
    It sounds as though our hero has a bit more work to do in rehab. Cool take on the prompt, Man!

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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