Hedera Helix – Friday Fictioneers

Copyright Sarah Potter

 

Menacing, previously undiscovered rooms in my childhood home…

Desperately thin cats I’ve forgotten to feed for years on end…

Resentful, cruelly-parched plants, crying out in their death throes, twisting in anguish…

Limbs that can’t move…

Wake up! I silently scream.

And I do.

The same old house, two bedrooms, bathroom, sitting-room and kitchen.

My cats purring lustily on the end of the bed.

And then silence… broken only by the rustle of leafy tendrils slithering across the dresser, over the eiderdown, embracing my neck, brushing my lips.

I’m unable to move.

Wake up!

You have,” whispers the Hedera Helix

Sorry I’m not making it here on a regular basis right now.  Apart from an extensive new garden that seems to be racing away from us at great speed, my muse is, for the moment, hiding somewhere amongst the undergrowth and thicket hedges.  Must try harder.  Thanks to Rochelle of Friday Fictioneers, a constant amongst so many transient aspects of these times. 

About Sandra

I cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and write fiction and poetry. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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66 Responses to Hedera Helix – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Sandra

    “Resentful, cruelly-parched plants, crying out in their death throes, twisting in anguish…?” I see you’ve met up with some of my houseplants. I’ve had these dreams…but, oh dear, your poor MC isn’t dreaming. I’m happy your muse showed up this week in such a wonderful way. Meanwhile, I can’t link my post either. I will keep trying on both our behalves.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Sandra says:

      What’s annoying about the linky is that some people are able to link up whilst others can’t, and there doesn’t seem to be any logic to it. And I didn’t know you were a house-plant killer… 😉

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      • Some of my plants have survived. They’re the lucky ones. My anger is mounting with this link business as I still can’t link. I even waited five minutes for my link to complete. Never did. I even rebooted my computer.

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  2. Sue says:

    Aaargh…the Hedera Helix…. Nice one, Sandra

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    Lucid dreaming! Nicely done, Sandra, I loved the previously undiscovered rooms

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  4. I had an evil spider plant once, but it stayed in its pot. Spiteful ivy though… Shivers!

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  5. jellico84 says:

    Ohhhh, that sends shivers down my spine! Love it! Love your solution to the Inlinks issue, too. Maybe we should all do that this week!

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    • Sandra says:

      When I first started at FriFic – about five or six years ago – this was how it used to work! There was no linky-tool then. Thanks for reading.

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      • jellico84 says:

        I faintly remember those days and being totally confused by the blue frog. We’ve come so far… good to know we can still remember how to do it the ‘old’ way, eh! 🙂

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  6. I’ll make sure I water the plants tonight!

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  7. Dale says:

    This was wonderfully descriptive, Sandra. Hedera Helix stay away from my home!

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  8. It does sound like the plants in your garden are getting out of hand! Great imagery.

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  9. Very descriptive Sandra.

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  10. Oh my, what an exquisite horror story!

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  11. The living nightmare. Love the stacked adjectives. Well done.

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  12. JS Brand says:

    Ugh. Now I know why I rip out ivy before it takes hold. Good story!

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  13. Really creepy in a great way. Well done.

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  14. Moon says:

    So well written, Sandra. The end made me want to scream too.:)

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  15. michael1148humphris says:

    Good to see you here this week, hope that your new garden was not the inspiration for your story.

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  16. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    This was so wonderfully creepy. Well written and creative piece.

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  17. This is like a variant of the birds… innocent plants revneging.. love the dream vs reality ambiguity.

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  18. Rowena says:

    My parents garden is much like yours. The backyard has been overrun with lemon balm of all things. In Spring the front yard is a carpet of forget-me-nots and snowbells, which look very pretty despite being a wilderness.
    We live near the beach and have fairly sandy soil. I’ve largely resigned myself to growing Australian natives.
    xx Rowena

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Ahhhhhhhhh
    So great. Loved the descriptions in this one. Scarey wildlife takeover!

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  20. rgayer55 says:

    When Connie was learning the gardening trade, one of her supervisors used to tell her, “You need to talk to the plants. Say, grow Mother F*cker, grow!” She still talks to them today–and it works.

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  21. draliman says:

    Eek! The only thing worse than a double-nightmare is when the second nightmare isn’t.

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  22. This just proves that you shouldn’t keep plants in your bedroom, or leave the windows open in case the Triffids arrive in the night! I love this story and the wonderful twist at the end, where being awake is an even worse nightmare than being asleep. Brilliant stuff, Sandra.

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  23. jwdwrites says:

    I’m writing down Hedera Helix on my list to avoid at the Garden Centre just in case it’s a real plant! Great story Sandra 🙂

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  24. subroto says:

    “Resentful, cruelly-parched plants” I think I have met a few of those, reminds me I need to water the garden. Hedera Helix just puts you in the Ivy league.

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  25. Oliana says:

    Ah gee that was a scary…what an imagination!

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  26. ..like a scene from a scary movie! Brilliant.

    ‘Look at it now’ My story.

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  27. Liz Young says:

    Eeek! I used to dream I’d forgotten to feed my babies, but my houseplants never strangled me for doing so.

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  28. granonine says:

    Creepy, in every sense of the word!

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  29. Adam Ickes says:

    This is why I don’t have plants. Untrustworthy little devils, they are.

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  30. wmqcolby says:

    Hi, Sandra! This is my first entry in months, so it’s great to know I wasn’t alone in that.
    Great story, kind of like the caution announcement in the original Dracula movie — so, when you go to bed tonight, just say calm to yourself ….

    …there ARE such things!
    Five out of five double helixes. 😀

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  31. First of all, Sandra, sorry about Mr. Linky. Hope it’s all fine now. I had no problem clicking on yours.
    Your story was very different this week. I don’t think I’ve read one like this from you before. Perhaps, I’ve missed some. Anyway, it’s a nicely written event that I know many have experienced.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Isadora 😎

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  32. Your muse was scary this week, Sandra. Nothing like dying plants snaking across a bed to kill. That was a great twist at the end. Good writing as usual. I could link but not with my usual picture. I kept being told my picture was too small. How frustrating. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  33. Lynn Love says:

    Reminds me of a Tales of the Unexpected, that slow creeping horror there’s no escape from. Love your descriptions in this Sandra – spot on as always. And enjpy your garden 🙂

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  34. Michael Wynn says:

    Great descriptions, Sandra. We both saw vengeful tendrils this week. 🙂

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  35. plaridel says:

    i never heard of hedera helix before and i had to google it to find out what i’d been missing. glad i did. 🙂

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  36. Oooooo…that was very cool, Sandra!

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  37. yuhublogger says:

    Revenge of the parched plants! Good one.

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  38. Indira says:

    What a creepy story. You always right beautifully so no point saying it again.

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