My good friend (and brilliant author) Susannah has prompted me to enter another writing challenge; this one limited to one hundred words. I’m still trying to follow the linkup instructions!


Nature says rot and rebirth. The fungi’s spores are ubiquitous. Temperature, food and water are all they need: not so different from any other life form.
Elvera betrayed me. I knew it; she knew it; she knew that I knew and that she knew I knew. All was rotten, worthless, corrupt: everything we’d worked for, all our lives, dreams, aspirations. My horizon was stolen; the light at the end of my tunnel extinguished. And then she laughed at me. Me: who had given so much. So she had to pay. That is why she is now merely food for mushrooms.

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About micklively

Fifty-something, pacifist, six sigma black belt, lean implementer, brewer, vintner, guitarist, wood-turner, and slave to collies.
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20 Responses to Mushrooms

  1. Amy Reese says:

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. It’s a great exercise. You’ll love it. I see our narrator went the distance with Elvera. At least the mushrooms will be happy! And they deserve to be happy.

  2. Chillingly good story! The InLinkz link up can be confusing. When you put the code in your story you have to put it in in html. That is to have a blue button on your story. You can click the blue button on someone else’s story and link up that way. It’s a lot easier linking that way. You don’t have to worry about copying and pasting codes.

    • micklively says:

      Many thanks PJ. I’m still not sure I understand. I will get there!

      • The code that you pasted onto your story, needs to be pasted on the html side of your story. If you use WP to write and publish your stories, there should be a button on the side that will take you to the html side of your post. Post the code there, then come back to the regular side and you should see the button with the blue frog.

  3. I take it the narrator was unhappy with Elvira’s behaviour. Or am I missing something?

  4. …and then he ate them?

  5. I hit all the shroom pictures till I found you…look at all the comments you got…that’s great, and I appreciate the plug though brilliant might be stretching it a bit. This group of flash fictioneers are very supportive of each other. How nice is that…and I loved the piece. Let’s do it again…I’m wondering why that text stuff is below it…did you bring the edited piece back to normal? Mine doesn’t have that…only if I keep it on text. well done Mick.

    • micklively says:

      I cut and pasted that text on the bottom. I thought that was what the instructions asked me to do. If yours doesn’t have it, I probably got it wrong.
      Thanks again, Susannah.

  6. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Micklively,

    Welcome to the party, pal. You’re right, it will only get better, though this was pretty good. All of life is rot and rebirth. (And love is shit with sugar on it.)



  7. Dear Micklively,

    Welcome to Friday Fictioneers. I’m pleased you took the challenge and hope this won’t be your last entry. Although I should warn you. It’s an addictive activity as I have. I joined as one of the gang three years ago and you see where that led. 😉

    Well written story.



  8. Sandra says:

    Quite a chilling little narrative. Well done.

  9. As Justin Timberlake so aptly put it, “What goes around comes around.” 🙂


    • micklively says:

      Many thanks for your feedback Janet.
      This was my first stab at writing a piece to a specified number of words. I found it rather strange, like the tail wagging the dog. It can only get better!

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