Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the ninety-fifth piece in this series. This week’s is a 495-worder by poet and fiction writer Fanni Sütő. This story will be podcasted in episode 31 (with three other stories) on Sunday 8th September.
Flowers for a Flower
“Flowers for a flower,” he said, smiling stupidly. I could see he thought himself mighty original, but I tell you – he wasn’t. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want to chase him off however pathetic he was, so I just smiled. My mother taught me to smile in an enigmatic way and showed me the replica of an Italian painting of a woman on whose lips the shadow of a smile was playing. I was also told that people had been mesmerized by that lady for centuries. And my mother knew what she was talking. She was a court lady, the Violet of Versailles, she was called and her irresistible smell caused the downfall of many a noble men. It wasn’t the fault of my mother, they should have known better. Men… they are so easy, so simple. They always realise it too late that something is wrong and then they of course become angry, come flashing their swords and torches. Eventually, they killed my mother and I have no doubt they would have killed me, had they known about me. However much my mother loved me, I was still a stain on her reputation, so I was tucked away in to the country side. She would come to see me as often she could, wearing that night-purple gown and the hood covering her face. She would sit down at my feet and tell me about all the coming and goings of the world. A few more years she said and I would be old enough to leave the nurturing ground of the country and become a lady like her. But she died before my coming of age. Now I am almost ready. I just need to gather some more strength. I kept smiling at this fool and forced a blush on my cheeks.
“It is most kind of you.” I said and bowed a little in a way that my curves became perfectly visible. It was his turn to blush. I had to take it slow, bringing him closer and closer to myself.
“Oh, it is a small nothing. This light – green velvet gown really fits you, if I might say so, it brings out the greenness of your eyes.” He said in a shaking voice, he is really trying. Good. He just needs to come a little bit closer. I bat my eyelashes.
“I would argue with you, my dear knight.” I said in a soft-soft voice. “My eyes are grey.”
“No, they are definitely green.” He said, stepping a bit nearer.
“Maybe you can’t see well enough. Come on, band a little closer, you will see they are as grey as a thunder cloud.”
And he was leaning closer and closer, looking deep in my eyes. I give him a wide, real smile as he licked his lips, waiting for a kiss. I opened my mouth and swallowed him, in one big bite.
I was a meat-eating flower after all.
I asked Fanni what prompted this piece and she said…
I have started an interesting challenge a little more than one week ago. I use cards from the board game Dixit, I draw a card and I have to write a piece of creative fiction from that card that day, I usually write flash fiction but there is also a poem.
I loved it. Thank you, Fanni.
Fanni Suto is a 23 year-old poet, fiction writer. She writes in English and Hungarian and finds inspiration in reading, paintings and music. She doesn’t mind travelling either. Her heaven would be a library with an endless supply of coffee latte and cupcakes, with an endless screening of Dr. Who.
She’s been featured in numerous magazines and anthologies in Hungary and she’s been also accepted to an English (Roehampton Writing Society Anthology) and an Australian publication ( Tincture Journal) .
Her website is http://taleshrine.wordpress.com.
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4 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday 095: Flowers for a Flower by Fanni Sütő”
Well written. Had my interest!
Thank you, Kimberly. I’ve passed on your comment to Fanni.
Wonderful, drew me in right away and I loved the ending. Took me off balance as I thought there would be a knife or a poison….thanks so much, loved it. Thanks Morgen, good luck Fanni.