2080. Clara’s wonderful garden

When Clara made a beautiful flower garden over the plot where she had buried her murdered husband she didn’t realize what attention it would attract. Her husband’s as yet unannounced disappearance had greatly enhanced the funds available to Clara, and she had splurged out on some very expensive and exotic flower plants.

She hadn’t been able to dig a very deep grave and it was difficult to see things in the dark. So it was almost inevitable that the roots of some of the plants were drawing nutrients from a fertile source.

“How do you get your plants to grow so healthy?” asked Rebecca. “The answer lies in the fertilizer,” responded Clara producing an as yet unopened bag of fertilizer. “Would you like some flowers?” And Clara cut the loveliest large bunch of flowers and handed them to Rebecca.

A little later Clara thought she would like to sell the house. There were too many unpleasant memories, and she wanted to rid herself of the garden plot. But she couldn’t sell because the new buyers might dig the garden up and discover her secret. So Clara stayed in the same house.

About three years later a man called in to ask directions to the local Flower Show and he couldn’t help but notice Clara’s garden. “Goodness me!” he said, and within a few weeks they were in love. He suggested that Clara move in with him, but Clara, thinking of her buried husband, insisted that the man do the moving. He moved in.

These days (did I forget to mention it?) Clara is extending her garden.

22 thoughts on “2080. Clara’s wonderful garden

  1. Vishal D

    That was a terrifying, darkly comical read. Your stories sometimes remind me of Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor. The themes she explores are different, and it’s Southern Gothic but I wonder if she’s one of your influences.

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      1. Vishal D

        I haven’t read her short stories, but I read Wise Blood recently and my first impressions were not great. But then as I slowly pondered on the themes (free will vs pre-determinism, suppressing guilt, coming inches close to God’s grace but settling to wallow in misery and do some sort of penance) I realised that here was a unique, one-of-a-kind-writer who used the grotesque and insanity to convey Biblical themes. Some might say that’s blasphemous, but I couldn’t help wondering about the ingenuity of it all while being slightly unnerved at the same time! I think that book will stick with me unlike so many others. It’s the well-written, darkly comical aspects of her writing that reminded me of you.

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          “A Good Man is Hard to Find” is funny and totally terrifying! Grandma sitting in the back seat of the car wanting to go see a house and realizing that they’re going down the wrong road and in the wrong State and she doesn’t say a thing.


  2. badfinger20 (Max)

    Bruce…I thought about you yesterday…I thought why is Bruce not doing any posts? My fault of course…I think it’s your changed icon…I just breezed right over it…sorry about that!

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