Friday Fictioneers: Quince Greed

When I saw the photo prompt I couldn’t for the life of me think what to do; to continue this self imposed ridiculous children’s characters of the past theme I seem to have got myself into.

What leapt out at me was the island in the background, separate from the mainland, easily reached but still detached. I thought about which characters I could maroon there and hey presto the folk who went to sea in a pea green boat appeared into my head.

Don’t ask me about the other stuff, as I have no idea where that comes from!

And its 100 words, on the nose!!

Friday Fictioneers

The reasons for the voyage of the Owl and Pussycat to the land where the Bong trees grew has finally been revealed after the bogus turkey vicar broke 40 years of silence from his death bed.

“The Quince”

He uttered and then he died.

Quince, being the official fruit of Aphrodite and a powerful aphrodisiac, was growing on the Bong trees; the epic journey had been a cover up to harvest the valuable fruits.

Unfortunately quince addiction leads to an irrational fear of water and so the Owl and Pussycat cannot leave their self imposed Greed Stoked Quince Soaked Island exile.


  1. Lovely take on wonderful poem. I also fear the quince. For years, my neighbour gave me a basketful – i can’t stand them- but you know being polite is neighbourly. Last year I asked her what she does with them, jam or tarts.

    ‘Oh’ she said, ‘I give them all to you, if the fruit is left on the grass it makes a mess. I’m just glad you have a passion for them.’

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  2. This is wonderfully eccentric and has the feeling of a story while written under the influence… πŸ˜‰ It tickled me greatly (and I wasn’t under the influence when I read it)!
    Have you ever heard of Oulipo poetry and N+7 verse? Your post has reminded me of my attempt at rewriting The Owl and the Pussycat in N+7 verse. I thought you might appreciate it, as I know you enjoy the surreal.


    • Just read it and left comments, really interesting Sarah. I’m trying to make each one of the FF prompts have a basis in childhood rhymes and the such like. A kind of where are they now script. In a year I intend to publish 52 and sell the book for millions of pounds!!

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      • It’s good to have ambition. I started out with millions of pounds in mind, but experience has told me it only happens to other people … one of my fellow bloggers, Louise Jensen, has just achieved the million mark, so who knows?


      • Here’s the link to Louise’s blog. Sometimes you’ll see her over at Friday Fictioneers, too.
        I’ve not read Paul Aster or Haruki Murakami, but people keep telling me to do so. I read fairly widely, although sometimes get obsessed with a particular author and have to read everything they’ve written. When I was in my late teens, I read every novel that Thomas Hardy had ever written. After that, it was everything that John Wyndham and Arthur C. Clarke had written. Many years on, I have found myself immersed in all three of Donna Tartt’s novels (she takes about a decade to write each of her books, so I’ll have a few years yet to read another one of her works!). I also love the very offbeat Danish writer Peter Hoeg. Now I’m into Matt Haig and am on the fourth of his books in a couple of months (first I read two of his adult novels and now the second of a non-fiction duo). But there’s nothing that I love more than to get stuck into a brilliant trilogy and read all three novels back to back, which is better than reading the first one and having to wait an age for the next two. My favourite trilogy of all time is The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin. I suppose you could describe it as accessible literary dystopian. Everything about these books — the characters, the setting, the plot, the pacing and the utter beauty of some of his paragraphs just takes my breath away…


  3. What fun! We must mount an expedition to rescue them at once! Perhaps one of these new-fangled flying machine thingies will calm their apprehension.
    Super story – I really enjoyed its whimsical nature.


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