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sorry - but you can't

Short story By: otis english
Flash fiction


Tags: Fiction


just a fun fiction i wrote--otis


Submitted:Jul 23, 2008    Reads: 82    Comments: 0    Likes: 1   


6/15/07 'SORRY- BUT YOU CAN'T'

I DID NOT FEEL LIKE IT--BUT IT WAS TIME TO MOW SOME OF OUR YARD GRASS--I CHECKED THE OIL LEVEL AND FUEL LEVEL IN OUR SNAPPER MOWER--30 INCH CUT WIDTH--THE TIRES WERE AIRED UP--IT STARTED RUNNING EASY AND I BACKED OUT OF THE SHED AND ENGAGED THE MOWER BLADE--

I INTENDED TO MOW ABOUT A 1/4 ACRE ON THE WEST SIDE OF OUR PROPERTY--THE GRASS WAS ABOUT 7 INCHES TALL--FOR THIS 12 HORSE POWER SNAPPER THAT WAS NO PROBLEM--

I MADE A PASS RIGHT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE PART I INTENDED TO MOW--AS I TURNED AROUND TO MAKE ANOTHER PARALLEL CUT NEXT TO THE ONE I JUST MADE--STRANGE BUT THERE WAS SECTION ABOUT 30 INCHES IN DIAMETER IN MY FIRST PASS THAT WAS NOT CUT--PROBABLY THE BELT HAD SLIPPED A BIT AND THE CUTTING BLADE DID NOT TURN AT THIS SPOT--SO I CHANGED COURSE AND RAN OVER THIS SPOT THAT WAS NOT CUT---AFTER A FEW FEET PASSED THE UNCUT SPOT--I STOPPED THE MOWER AND LOOKED BACK--I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THAT THE UNCUT SPOT WAS STILL THERE--MYSTERY SEEMS TO FOLLOW ME AND HERE WAS ANOTHER ONE--

DETERMINED -I TURNED AROUND AND MADE ANOTHER CUTTING PASS OVER THAT MYSTERY UNCUT 30 INCH DIAMETER SPOT--YOU GUESSED IT --THE GRASS AT THIS SPOT WAS NOT TOUCHED BY THE ROTATING BLADE OF THE MOWER-

THIS WAS TOO MUCH--I STOPPED MY MOWING INTENTIONS AND DECIDED TO TRY TO FIGURE THIS ONE OUT--

I HAPPENED TO REMEMBER THAT AT ONE TIME A BEAUTIFUL AZALAE GREW AT THIS SPOT--AND IN DOING SOME LAND FILLING WITH DIRT AND THEN TRACTOR WORK--THIS AZALAE BUSH WAS DESTROYED--COULD THERE BE A CONNECTION ??--

WITH A SPADE -I DUG ONE SPADE IN DEPTH ALL AROUND THIS SPOT THAT REFUSED TO BE CUT--I SOON DISCOVERED A MESH OF HEAVY ROOTS UNDER THIS UNCUT SPOT--THESE WERE SURELY THE ROOTS OF THE AZALAE BUSH THAT AT ONE TIME GREW THERE--

SOUNDS CRAZY--BUT I DECIDED THOSE ROOTS HAD GIVEN THE GRASS ABOVE THEM --THE KNOWLEDGE TO LAY DOWN WHEN A MOWER WAS COMING SO THEY WOULD NOT BE HURT LIKE THE AZALAE BUSH WAS--YES I BELIEVE PLANTS HAVE KNOWLEDGE--KNOWLEDGE I DO NOT UNDERSTAND--BUT THEY USE THIS KNOWLEDGE TO TRY TO SURVIVE--JUST AS WE DO--

MY THOUGHTS SATISFIED ME AND I NEVER TRIED TO CUT THIS GRASS SPOT IN ANY OTHER WAY--IT IS NOW A 30 INCH DIAMETER SPOT OF GRASS AT LEAST 7 FEET TALL--JUST LOOKING AT THIS GRASS GIVES ME THE HOPE OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE SUPERNATURAL--WHAT A GOOD FEELING--

IF YOU BELIEVE THIS STORY--I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU SEE A GOOD PROFESSIONAL MENTAL DOCTOR--IN MY CASE I DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS--I ACCEPT ALL THIS AS A TRUE REVELATION TO ME PERSONALLY--WHAT MORE COULD I ASK OF THE POWERS OF THIS UNIVERSE--?

WRITTEN BY OTIS ENGLISH





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