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Friday Fictioneers — A Girl Named Ivy

Genre: Metaphorical fiction
Word Count: 100


He was the rock upon which she depended, and she the roots that kept him grounded. Her shoots started out tiny and controllable. He drip-fed them and kept her all to himself, pruning her into shape with his clipped truth.

Over time, his credibility diminished and her urge to grow escalated. “I want to see the sun,” she told him, as she clawed at his shade.

“It will burn you up,” he said, knowing that she was about to knock the top off his world.

She reached for the sky, eroding and suffocating him.

Behold that ruin she can’t escape.


 Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
Photo Prompt: copyright © Roger Bulltot 

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42 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — A Girl Named Ivy

  1. Welcome back, Sarah! So good to see you writing and sharing again. Before I saw the subheading saying “metaphorical” I read your work and thought it was definitely metaphorical, and well-done for sure. I love this….seen it…hell, probably lived it. 🙂

    Have a fantastic weekend, my friend.

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    • I’m happy to be back, Bill! Have missed my blogging friends, but definitely needed some fresh air and a break from my computer, as I was in non-creative lockdown.
      If you’ve lived that metaphor, I’m glad you’ve survived it!
      You have a fantastic weekend, too, my friend 🙂

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  2. Dale on said:

    This was brilliant, Sarah. I have so been that Ivy…

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  3. Personifying ivy without a predictable itch, great take on the prompt, Sarah.

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  4. I am feeling like this is what a woman who is suffocating under her husband’s shadow is like. It may be metaphorical, but it has great imagery to me. Well done in capturing my imagination with it.

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  5. Nice metaphorical use of the prompt.

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  6. Does she call him “Dad”?

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  7. Sunshine Jansen on said:

    Ooh, rich! I see at least one other metaphor, of a more generally existentialist nature, so this strikes me as a most successful metaphorical foray (metaphoray?) indeed! 🙂

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  8. Double LIKE. This is really a poetic take on the prompt. Like a ballad almost.

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  9. knowing that she was about to knock the top off his world – my favorite line among many. Delicious take on the prompt. One of your best, me thinks.

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  10. Love this, an excellent take on the prompt.

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  11. Very intriguing POV here. Could just envision it so very well. 🙂 ❤ Really enjoyed it.

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  12. I’ve seen marriages like this. I don’t believe either partner should try to contain the other. They should intertwine and grow together. It makes the cord much harder to break.

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    • Lovely to hear you say this, and what a shame more people don’t follow your principles. All too often I’ve seen men or women being “forced” by their partner to give up their interests, despite them having had those interests when they first met and, presumably, fell in love. It makes no sense, unless the interest is something criminal or seriously destructive of course.


  13. Dear Sarah,

    I can so relate to Ivy. Beautifully written.



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  14. Splendid metaphor. I loved the phrase ‘clawed at his shade’; ivy is so destructive, and that’s just what it does.

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  15. I love the metaphor… and to some extent it reminds me of Pygmalion… the pupil outgrowing the teacher…

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  16. So even if she breaks free her past remains entwined with him? Maybe one day that decaying foundation will crumble away leaving her free.

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  17. Love your analogies, symbolism. Thought-provoking aspect of human relationships.

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  18. What a brilliant description of a dysfunctional relationship.

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  19. Happens in real life 🙂 Thank you for the beautiful story.

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