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Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers ~ Writing challenge.

Hosted by Priceless Joy.

The goal is to write a story between 100-150 words (give or take 25 words) based on the provided photo.


Grapevines photographed by Vanessa Rodriguez.


by John Yeo

“We had been backpacking in France all summer. Excitedly we arrived in Burgundy’s Cote d’Or, at the gates of a vineyard that spread for miles. We were going to work here fruit picking for a couple of weeks. The long September days of sunny warm weather, working and living the dream in the great outdoors close to nature, earning the princely sum of 8 euros an hour.
We stayed in a workers purpose built house where we slept 4 to a room. The men had their rooms with facilities for ablutions attached and there were a couple of rooms reserved for the women.
We were too tired in the evenings to do anything but eat and sleep.
One day a terrified woman screamed. A terrifying scream that startled everybody in the middle of the vineyard. We threw our baskets down and raced forward . A volley of shots rang out as the foreman appeared with a smoking gun, a wild boar had roamed into the vineyard.
That night 100 workers feasted on fresh wild boar meat.”

(175 Words)

Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

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10 thoughts on “TERROR IN THE VINEYARD

  1. That was a great nail biter John! I’m glad it turned out to be a boar and not some person on a murder rampage. Nice that they were able to eat it and make good use of it.

    • Thanks Joy ~ I wanted to put more in this write ~ Sadly I had to trim it down and change it radically to fit the word count ~ I’m glad you liked the result. ~ Thanks again for providing a great prompt ~ 🙂

  2. I like the way you build us up to expect a murder – or someone shot by accident at least, That it’s a wild boar comes as a relief after the suspense. 🙂

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