Friday Fictioneers ~ Difficult Arrangement

100 word story for Friday Fictioneers

The Smith’s owned adjoining property to the Joneses. (What are those odds?)
Mrs. Smith cultivated a beautiful rose garden along the property line. As luck would have it, her most prized specimen tipped its bounty into the Joneses yard.
Seven stunning blossoms now enhanced a foreign property.
Proper etiquette frowned upon Mrs. Smith trespassing to claim her beloved beauties and
Mrs. Jones felt she shouldn’t cut them unless she equally shared them with the plant’s owner.
So they hang there still; uncut and unadorned in any vase.
If only there’d been an even number, an arrangement may have been made.

(100 words)
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32 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers ~ Difficult Arrangement

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/24/2021 / 1:12 pm

      Sometimes doing nothing works out… unless you’re a U.S. Senator. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Iain Kelly 02/24/2021 / 1:50 pm

    Those tricky neighbourly relationships! Nice one.

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/24/2021 / 1:57 pm

      It’s a thin line to tread. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thanks for commenting.

      • Iain Kelly 02/24/2021 / 2:02 pm

        You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. msjadeli 02/24/2021 / 2:05 pm

    Good story with surprising depth.

  3. rochellewisoff 02/24/2021 / 3:42 pm

    Dear Susan,

    Perhaps if they’d communicated they might have worked out a compromise. Nicely done.



    • Susan St.Pierre 02/24/2021 / 3:48 pm

      ‘Speaking up’ is sadly not deemed polite anymore. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks so much! Peace.

  4. Na'ama Yehuda 02/24/2021 / 5:22 pm

    Oh, this is a pretty dilemma, and … I think, good neighbors on all sides. So that already is an arrangement worth keeping. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dale 02/24/2021 / 6:41 pm

    I rather love that they were both respectful of the other. and hey, they do look oh so pretty in their winter muffs…

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/24/2021 / 6:54 pm

      Yeah… I hear you, but, personally, I’m an ‘honesty is the best policy’ person. It allows people to openly share.

      • Dale 02/24/2021 / 7:20 pm

        As am I. But for the story’s sake… ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Keith's Ramblings 02/25/2021 / 8:03 am

    I had a similarly awkward situation with a neighbour’s apple tree! Nice take Susan.

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/25/2021 / 8:14 am

      Thank you sir. Neighborly tension is quite common. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. granonine 02/25/2021 / 8:56 pm

    Great use of words, hints of a smile every now and then.

  8. draliman 02/26/2021 / 12:24 am

    At least they’re both being very polite about it all. I’m glad the flowers are staying in the ground, where they belong ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/26/2021 / 7:27 am

      One enjoyed growing them. The other enjoyed seeing them. Everybody won. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. James McEwan 02/26/2021 / 6:50 am

    Being a good neighbour can be difficult at times.

  10. Brenda's Thoughts 02/28/2021 / 10:15 am

    I think a peaceful resolution for both sides, both practicing good neighborliness. Lovely snippet of life! =)

    • Susan St.Pierre 02/28/2021 / 10:19 am

      Sometimes ‘doing nothing’ is a good practice. Thank you, Brenda.

  11. Michael Humphris 03/01/2021 / 4:23 pm

    Nature was the winner, …Fascinating,

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