Blooming Through the Morass






copyright – Roger Bultot

An eccentric professor could have been comfortable, a charlady would have demanded a bonus up front even to contemplate the room; a chaos of piled-high dusty files, books and dirty coffee cups.
Bamford pondered the young woman seated client-side of his littered desk. He hunted clues to her character. He followed her gaze to the windowsill.
“You like my flower.”
“It’s an elegant light in dismal surroundings,” she answered freely and unselfconsciously.
He smiled at the result of his examination.
“It’s a white orchid, it symbolises innocence and beauty. I shall be very happy to take your case, Miss Stevens.”

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.

55 thoughts on “Blooming Through the Morass

  1. Ooh, what case does the professor intend to solve for her? Very intriguing, Michael. I was a little confused with the opening – after a reread I realised you were trying to show us how untidy the place was, yes? A fascinating start to something longer, perhaps … 🙂

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  2. There is a lot I like about this story. I liked how “He hunted clues to her character” and “It’s an elegant light in dismal surroundings.” both lines brought me into the character’s world.

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    • Thanks Dale, I liked the premise, unfortunately I won’t be writing more of this soon, as concentrating on too many other things. When I get comments like this I always get tempted to give it a go and now I have half finished pieces all over the place. 🙂 I have to be strict with myself, get behind me temptation.

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  3. Really liked this opening scene, starting with the mess, “a charlady would have demanded a bonus up front…” He just needs a smelly cigar to complete the ‘seedy PI’ image. Makes you wonder about his character…if she should trust her problem into his sloppy hands?
    I esp like the phrase “seated client-side of his littered desk.” The orchid, so.intriguingly out of place, is probably gagging. 🙂


    • Thank-you for a great comment, I think you’ve spotted everything I was trying to do with this, which is very encouraging because it implies I succeeded. Thanks again


  4. I saw a professor and a student on first examining this picture prompt, but could not develope my story. I am glad now because it would have been a pale shadow of “Blooming through the Morass”. Your story painted great images for me

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  5. Is More-Ass one word or two? (sorry, I couldn’t help myself). I bet she’s wearing a hat, and sitting nervously clutching a purse in her lap. I could see this snippet blooming into something larger. Guns don’t kill detectives, love does. Well done, Mick.

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    • Thanks for your comment, nailed and accurate as always. It was supposed to be a struggling PI’s office as so often found in pulp fiction. I liked the More-Ass reference although innuendo was last week. 🙂


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