February 27, 2023, prompt: Write a story about a golden onion in 99 words (no more, no less). Any golden onion. One planted or harvested. An onion chopped for a meal. How can you use an onion as a prop in a character’s hand? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.
The Field – by Hugh W. Roberts
Laying in a dark field, the skin of a giant golden onion shimmered in the moonlight, hoping to tempt passersby to touch it.
Townsfolk spoke of a curse cast by a vengeful, vindictive spirit on the onion. They avoided the field, warning their children never to venture in.
Travellers thought the shimmer was gold. Some failed in their temptation to go into the field. Those that touched the onion disappeared without a trace.
Some nights, the air was filled with the scent of onion, reminding the townsfolk that the cursed golden onion was waiting to claim its next victim.
Written for the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.
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25 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – The Field”
Now I’m all teary 😉
Was it my writing or the onion?
Onions are tired of being accused of making people cry so they’ve decided to give them a real reason? Cute!
Yes, and the onion in this story is the boss.
Brilliant piece, Hugh! Now I have a totally different opinion of yellow onions! I’ll stick to the red ones.
I think it best to stick to the red ones, Eugenia. Glad you enjoyed this piece of flash.
My pleasure, Hugh.
blimey; that’s blown my soup making.
I hope you swapped the golden onions for red ones, Geoff.
Just goes to show Hugh you need to know your onions 💜💜💜
Ha ha! Yes, that is very true, Willow.
I think we should all stay away from anything that looks like gold. Especially onions. I think I’ll buy a few more red or spring onions after this story, Hugh!
Good idea, Liesbet. As the saying goes, ‘all that glitters (shimmers) is not gold.’
Good job with a very challenging prompt.
Thank you. I’m glad you think so.
I always knew there was a dark side to onions, Hugh. I sense there are more adventures to be had with this story.
Considering they can make most people cry, you’re right about the dark side, Davy.
So, I will rather stick with the ugly ones from now on…
They taste just as good and don’t make you disappear.
I thought exactly the same…😂
I think of the golden onion…isn’t the the name of a restaurant somewhere Hugh? If people can’t find gold, maybe they search for a tasty sandwich after their encounter.
It could well be Terri.
As I’ve no idea where people who touch the golden skin of the onion go when they touch it (thinking it’s real gold), I’m not sure if they can order sandwiches wherever they end up. Maybe they will take the place of the onion?
Brilliant Hugh. Needed this today 😃
Glad it helped, Brenda. Have a great weekend.