October 14, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that embraces the mud. What is the mud, real or metaphor? How does it transform a character or place? What happens? Go where the prompt leads!

Buried – by Hugh W. Roberts

Time was running out. 

It wouldn’t be long before he got found out.

Burying it, he quickly removed any signs of disturbance. 

The heavy rain and thunder didn’t help. 

With mud stuck to his hair, his clothes, and over his hands, even his fingernails would give the game away.

Although the mud had swallowed up the object, he couldn’t relax.   

“Adrian!” exclaimed Richard. “I’m home.”

Just in time, thought Adrian, as he lay a fork next to a tea plate. 

When Richard cut into a slice of chocolate mud cake with the fork and discovered the ring, he’d propose.  


Richard and Adrian first appeared in Edge Of Summer – another piece of flash fiction written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge.

Image of somebody wading through thick mud
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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48 thoughts on “Buried

  1. Love it, Hugh. I hope Richard does too. It isn’t the ending I was expecting. You’ve written too many horror stories for me to expect romance.

        1. Yes, I remember the hidden coins in Christmas puddings. The excitement of finding one was lovely, but I always remember the faces of adults in the room as we chewed bits of pudding.

  2. Good one, High! I’m glad you are having so much fun with these prompts. We have some “caked mud” attached to our truck and camper these days as well, after driving through the clay and sand after a rain storm and finishing off with a tricky drive through the snow. 🙂

    1. I’m having loads of fun with including these two characters in my pieces of flash fiction, Liesbet. My next post on my column at the Carrot Ranch will be about them.

      Snow? Already? Wow!

  3. As always, you leave us rethinking and rereading, Hugh! Wonderful! I thought of bodies or maybe himself being buried, too…but then I thought he used outside mud in his mud cake, so glad that didn’t happen! A good twisty story that ends in dessert!

    1. Thanks, Terri. I added the link to Chococlaote mud cake just in case some readers didn’t believe it existed. I see more and more chocolate mud turning up in recipes. Sometimes, it’s chocolate dirt, other times chocolate mud. I can only think it’s very rich to eat.

        1. I still thought he was outside digging in the mud. Even after you wrote mud cake, I didn’t get that he was playing with the Icing. Takes more than strong tea to fix dumb 🙂

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