Trouble with Wallflowers by M.Z. Fairtlough

The prompt was to write a story from the point of view of a wallflower: an observer rather than an active participant in a scene. I wasn’t sure about this one but then this popped out, and it was published on short-story.me. Take a look and share if you like:

TROUBLE WITH WALLFLOWERS

I’d forgotten that wallflowers can be harmful. We think of them as passive, innocuous, we even pity them for being so pathetically uninteresting, but we should remember that they are quite toxic.

The wallflower genus, Erysimum, includes about a hundred-eighty species, both popular garden plants and many wild forms, characterized by narrow leaves, sometimes arranged in a sort of star around the stem, with yellow, orange, purplish or even brown flowers, and multi-seeded fruit capsules. But that is by the by.

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