Louisa assembled Mr Johnson’s greenhouse the Thursday after its misdelivery. He’d not marched over the road to her door to demand it back, so perhaps he’d ordered two. Or maybe he wanted her to have it. Thought it would do her good.


Louisa bought the seeds at the weekend. The TV man had recommended geraniums and petunias. She bought poinsettias.


Mr Johnson wanted to distract her from the crabgrass. How kind.


The seeds grew precisely as the TV man said they would. Mr Johnson still did not want his greenhouse back.


And then the red flowers bloomed.


Louisa packed up and returned the greenhouse to Mr Johnson within the week.


This surprised him. Not so much what she said about this being a cruel way to remind someone. No, he was just surprised because he’d only ordered a garden gnome.



Mike Hickman (@MikeHicWriter) is a writer from York, England. He has written for Off the Rock Productions (stage and audio), including 2018's "Not So Funny Now" about Groucho Marx and Erin Fleming. He has recently been published in EllipsisZine, Dwelling Literary, Bandit Fiction, Nymphs, Flash Fiction Magazine, Brown Bag, and Safe and Sound Press. His co-written, completed six-part BBC radio sit com still remains unproduced and yet also funny.