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 

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

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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    1. 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. 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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  3. 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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    1. 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.


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