This is my response to the Friday Fictioneers prompt for February 6. The challenge is to write a 100-word story inspired by the photo prompt. Play along by writing your own, reading others and/or commenting on the flashes we fictioneers create. The photo prompt this week comes from Melanie Greenwood. My story this week weighs in at exactly 100 words.
The Black Thumb of Calcutta
“What is that bare patch?”
“It’s a reminder that all people have unique gifts. When our community was new and much smaller, a journalist came. He took many pictures. Finally, the Mother Superior told him to put the camera down and do something useful. He stopped taking photos, picked up a hoe, and managed to kill every tomato plant in the garden.”
“He didn’t have a green thumb.”
“No, but he took amazing photos. When he published them, people began to donate their time and money. The community flourished, but that corner of the garden never grew another living thing.”