The Potato Thief #flashfiction

March 4, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes sweet potatoes. It can be part of a recipe, meal, or used as a nickname. Where do sweet potatoes take you? The grocery store? The garden? Mars? Go where the prompt leads!

The Potato Thief – by Hugh W. Roberts

He should never have stolen my home-grown, sweet potatoes.

He may have been an enthusiastic, good-looking man, but just because I gave him some, he had no right coming back in the dead of night to help himself to me and more potatoes.

Furious, I ended up hitting him over the head with the shovel and burying his body under the sweet potato patch. Boy, did it make them taste even sweeter; until the day forensics arrived and dug up the patch.

Still, at least I get to make sweet potato mash for all the boys here in prison.


Image credit: Charli Mills

Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch. Click here to join in.

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52 thoughts on “The Potato Thief #flashfiction

    1. Took me a while to come up with something for the prompt, Terri. It was only when I saw my partner doing a spot of early spring gardening that the story came to me. Thanks for the feedback on it being fun and engaging.

  1. A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do, got to protect the sweet potato patch. I’m surprised there was a conviction, pretty sure there’s a couple of states in the States that have “stand your ground” laws for this sort of thing.

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