A Team of Busy Bees

She bends over unkempt juniper shrubs and a beetle-laced Japanese plum, scissoring with vigor. with long-bladed hand shears. Down the boulevard, a few trees show tawdry highlights of orange and gold.

“I’d best get busy,” she grumbles, “While the leaves are still up, and not all over my lawn.” She snips here, shapes a curve there, and gradually uncovers dahlias, planted in the gap between shrub and front stoop. They straighten and smile, proud of their cache of hidden pollen.

Later, she rests, sipping iced tea, as grateful bumblebees, buzz and fill their leg sacks with summer’s final bounty.


© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2017)

Carrot Ranch Prompt (09/07/2017): In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a busy character. It could be a busy beaver, gnawing birch trees endlessly or an executive on the go. Go where the prompt leads.

10 thoughts on “A Team of Busy Bees

  1. Pingback: Not Now, I’m Busy « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

  2. I tried my best to wring out as much as I could from this late summer weekend Liz. We had a three day music festival in a neighboring city, plus we are hosting a Garage Sale to help offset the cost of mission trips in Belize so we arranged our goods and topped it off Sunday with church in the park and what may be my last chance to enjoy some kayaking. Whew, it makes me tired just writing about it.

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