“Here’s something. Remember the big wildfire that was in the news last year?” asked Jim rustling his newspaper.
“Yup,” said Gladys rolling the pastry dough.
“Well apparently this young couple spent their winter months felling and milling lifeless tree trunks from their barren woodlot.”
“What for? That charred looking grove will be filled with beautiful pink fireweed this summer.” Gladys placed the dough over the pie plate.
“They’re using all that lumber to make keepsakes and furniture for their friends and neighbours who lost more than they did.”
“My they got gumption. I like that!”
“I knew you would.”
I wrote this in response to Charli Mills’ February 8 2018 Flash Fiction Challenge. In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes fireweed. You can use it as a plant, a flower, a metaphor or as the name of someone or something. Go where the prompt leads.
Last year, British Columbia (B.C.) Canada experienced a record-breaking wildfire season. The smoke from the interior, like a blanket of murky fog, spread beyond its borders and twice found its way to my little community here on Vancouver Island. On one such day, I wrote a short story about a wildfire. It was in response to a Charli Mills’ Flash Fiction challenge. You can read it along with a summary of some of the 2017 B.C. wildfire stats here: Wildfire.
I invited Gladys and Jim back to tell the story of a fictional young couple who through their actions are a metaphor for fireweed – creating beauty from ashes.