mandag den 16. november 2009

Mushrooms and Toadstools


Write a short story which leads up to a given ending. Try to tie beginning and ending together.

He bought it for an old song in the cosy little antiquarian bookshop in Whitechapel. A gorgeous old book about British mushrooms and toadstools. A few of the pages looked the worse for wear, but it was still a really fine book. Such a treasure for a few pounds.

Back home in his study he let his hands slide down glossy plates in four-colour print and was fascinated by this new world of all the various fungi in their natural habitats. He read about gill and boletes mushrooms. He learned about mycelium, spawn, spores and fruiting bodies. The foreign words appealed to him. Like the former owner he dwelled on certain pages and learned the detailed descriptions by heart.

Sometimes he even ventured into the woods accompanied by his book. Tricholoma pardinum, Chlorophyllum molybdites, Inocybe erubescens and Amanita phalloides. Those marvellous names nearly made him drool.

Now and then his wife would interrupt his absorbing studies. “Arnold, dinner is on the table.” “Arnold, your tea is getting cold.” But most of the time Mildred left him to his book. He even considered getting himself a camera so he could immortalize particularly beautiful specimen from his perambulations.

He went out to put on his galoshes; the wood could be damp and chilly even on a sunny afternoon. Mildred stood in the doorway with her shopping list. “Arnold, I thought perhaps we should try a mushroom stew tonight.”

And then he threw it out.

6 kommentarer:

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - What a terrific ending! It's funny and it fits beautifully with the rest of your story! I also commend your style in this one; it flows so easily and caught me up right away : ).

Dorte H sagde ...

Margot: this is a writing course text (as you have probably guessed), and it was quite popular though it wasn´t all the participants who got it. But everybody liked Arnold :D

....Petty Witter sagde ...

Try to tie beginning and ending together - not as easy as it sounds I bet. How are you enjoying your course?

Dorte H sagde ...

Petty: well, sometimes you have your idea in a flash - other weeks the inspiration just won´t come, and you are never satisfied with your work.

I love the course far too much, meaning that I spend too much time on writing texts and giving feedback. It ends next week so hopefully I will get back to normal soon.

cathryngrant sagde ...

I love short fiction that ties opening and ending together, and your piece is a well-done example.

Dorte H sagde ...

Cathryn: yes, I agree that it is often a good way of structuring a story. I am glad you like it!