Thursday, April 26, 2018

A to Z: W - Wandering & Wall

My A to Z Challenge: Flash fiction written using two words and a photo for inspiration. How did I chose the words? First I brought up a noun list for each letter, then averted my eyes, scrolled the mouse down, stopped and double-clicked. That was the word! The second word was chosen the same way but from a dictionary list of words.
NOTE: Photos are from free to use photo sites such as and No attribution necessary.

The coach barked at his team. "Push, put some muscle into it! Harder. That's it. Now stretch. Farther! You can do it!"

They tried, they really did. But the wall seemed to defeat even the hardiest among them.

"Teamwork! Reach together! What does TEAM stand for?"

He could hear the groans and cries as weak voices replied, "Together Everyone Achieves More."

"Right! Remember, there is no I in team." He paused, hoping they would perk up and climb the wall.

More sighs and one tiny voice exclaimed, "No, but there is an M and E." Laughter followed.

"Who said that? That's not the team spirit. Step forward!"

No one said another word. Silence. Worse yet, there was no movement. Not even backwards or sideways. Nothing!

Then the smallest one on the team stepped forward. "It was me, sir. I said the letter M and E are in the word team." He stood up as tall as he could manage and stared at the coach, daring him to quash his spirit.

The coach sighed. "Well then, let's see you do it. We've wandered all over the place all day and I'm getting sick of not accomplishing anything constructive. Are you ready to do it?"

"Yes, sir!" came the collective shout. With the littlest leading the way, they charge forward up the wall, looking for a good spot to breach.

"Oh no honey, look!"

"Huh? What?"

"The kudzu. It's climbed the outside of the fence and found a little niche to creep through. You'd better chop it back down before it engulfs the whole garden!"

***Kudzu kills or damages other plants by smothering them under a solid blanket of leaves, encircling woody stems and tree trunks, and breaking branches or uprooting entire trees and shrubs. Once established, kudzu grows at a rate of one foot per day; mature vines can be 100 feet long. [source]

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