Paint Me Green!

Paint Me Green!

Sidney waited for the groundsman to put him down and stared at the figure ahead of him. ‘Glud…’ he croaked, confused and a little scared. ‘Where are we? ’

Glud turned and Sidney hooted. ‘Oh boy, you should see the size of your eyes! They never looked like that before they painted you.’

The green man bristled. ‘Well you should see the size of your teeth! And weren’t you listening to those blokes who painted us? They were making us look interesting so someone would buy us for their garden.’

‘Why would they do that?’

‘We’re garden ornaments, Sidney. Don’t you Earthlings know anything?  I’m green with big eyes ’cos I’m an alien, and they’re always popular. I think you’re a squirrel.’

‘Oh no! That means I’ll have to eat nuts. Yuk!’

‘We’ll soon find out. Smile nicely and these folks approaching might buy us.’

‘Don’t leave me!’ Sidney squeaked as Glud was carried away by a nice-looking family. ‘Paint me green and I’d look like an alien, too. Aliens can have big teeth…’


Word Count: 175

This is my story for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. I thought I’d have a bit of fun with this great prompt, which was kindly provided by anymark66

FFfAW is a writing challenge hosted by Priceless Joy. It involves writing a story from a given photo prompt in 100-150 words, give or take 25. If you’d like to join in, follow the above link to see what to do. The challenge runs from Tuesday – Tuesday every week.

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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38 Responses to Paint Me Green!

  1. A www, poor Sydney! His friend was purchased by a family and he wasn’t! Cute story Mille!!

  2. draliman says:

    I would have gone for the squirrel 🙂

  3. Jade M. Wong says:

    Aww such a fun story! I hope the family doubles back and buys Sidney too!

  4. That was fun! Great take on this photo prompt!
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

  5. MG WELLS says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Enjoy the day! Appreciate the Kind Support 💗

  6. milliethom says:

    Thanks for reading, MG, and thank you for your support of my books. ❤

  7. Joy Pixley says:

    I hope poor Sydney gets to go home with a nice family too. Although I don’t understand why everyone keeps calling him a squirrel. He’s so obviously a devil or imp to me. Is it the teeth?

  8. luckyjc007 says:

    A very cute story. It makes you have compassion for the one left behind, but he may end up with a family that has a lot of characters just like him and will be happy once again. Hopefully, his friend will like his new home and be treated well.

  9. Awww, such a cute story 😀
    I am sure he will end up with a great family ❤

  10. Christy B says:

    Oh this is fun! I never know what I’ll find over here, Millie – and I mean that as a compliment 🙂 ❤

  11. Love it. Sidney becomes increasingly insecure as a consequence of constant rejection and turns to distilled nut-juice for consolation. His work at the garden centre suffers and he is sacked (or, possibly, axed). Depressed and alone, he wanders the streets until he meets a dejected feral pigeon. Instantly, Sidney realises there is a creature that society dislikes more than himself. He is just coming to terms with his new-found confidence when he meets a wooden gnome-ess; they fall in love and live happily ever after.

    • milliethom says:

      Ha ha! Now, Mike… you’ve just convinced me you could be an excellent writer of flash fiction. I really like your continuation and how you describe Sidney’s rocky road to eventual happiness. I’ve never tried distilled nut juice, but it sounds nice. 😀

  12. L.E.R.T says:

    Poor Devil. Left behind. But, I have serious questions about the family’s tastes in buying a icky green alien. Good, fun take on the prompt. Cheers, Varad.

    • milliethom says:

      Ha ha. An icky green alien isn’t my idea of a garden ornament, either, but here’s no accounting for taste… (Why do I think that somebody already said that one? 😀 ) Thanks for reading and liking my silly little story, Varad.

  13. Ellespeth says:

    It’s terrible to say, but I’m sure someone would buy that alien and put in their yard just to upset the neighbors! The squirrel is definitely a better buy 😛 Silly and wonderfully written story, Millie.

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Ellespeth. I can think of several people who’d probably put something ridiculous in their garden to annoy their neighbours. That’s people for you. 🙂 I rather liked Sidney (although I overlooked the fact that he’s a red devil and not a squirrel at all).

  14. Poor Sydney, left all alone. I guess aliens are more catchy these days. Nice story!

  15. athling2001 says:

    Well done. An alien with big teeth would be interesting.

  16. reocochran says:

    I liked this playful post story! I like yard art and watched “Gnomeo and Juliet” animated children’s film just in the beginning of July. Yard gnomes and fairies are fun subjects! Aliens and squirrels are also fun!

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