the stinkhorn fungus: sunday photo fiction 24.01.2016

140 01 January 24th 2016

No one paid much attention when it first poked through the demolition zone like a stinkhorn fungus.

As it grew, folks assumed it was an advertising stunt for some new “essential” product. Like smart phones, bathrooms, and dry cleaners.

Public opinion trending on twitter suggested, a “fashion-forward” developer, perhaps “from away” with a flair for the exotic. The fungus continued it’s upward reach.

At 50 stories, conspiracy theorists, New Agers, CNN and Fox weighed in. Weapon of mass protection; tower to transmit signals through the invisible to inculcate the masses; set for a block buster movie.

When dawn light 65 stories with it’s radiant fingers, the dooms-dayers and the naysayers waltzed a picket line while futurologists, magicians, and gardeners held a joint conference in it’s shadow-print of 92 stories.

The general populace was drawn or repelled by the towering fungus. Small children and 104 year-old great-great-great-grandfathers all had their own opinion as to what the fungus represented and who was responsible.

Edgar G. of Curmudgeon Lane wasn’t about to be fooled into thinking the world was coming to an end. A retired engineer, Edgar simply said, “It’s another GD office tower to be filled by worker ants. WTF is the problem? Armageddon is gonna look a whole lot worse than this stupid piece of architectural design.”

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction, January 24, 2016.




10 thoughts on “the stinkhorn fungus: sunday photo fiction 24.01.2016

    • taleweavering January 30, 2016 / 6:54 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it. I’ve seen pictures of the building, and I’m glad you took one to include in the Sunday Fiction file.

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  1. taleweavering January 25, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Good question! What to do when there’s “fungus among us”?


  2. Steve Lakey January 25, 2016 / 11:23 am

    I was drawn in very quickly. I’m left wondering what happens next? 😀


  3. mj6969 January 24, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    This is such a witty and creative story – love it. Just the idea of calling it the fungus – well, right then, you had me hooked!


    • taleweavering January 25, 2016 / 2:45 pm

      There is this fungus that erupts out of the garden/mulch. It’s quite spooky — grows straight up, bright red, but doesn’t develop the usual cap. It lasts a very short time, then shrivels up and disappears.
      I’ve seen pictures of “The Shard” before, and really did think of that fungus! My mind works in strange, diabolic ways, ;D

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      • mj6969 January 26, 2016 / 3:18 am


        LOL … it’s amazing what microbes exist … in the oddest of places …. I’ve seen similar things in mulch too …. *snort* … as for diabolical ways …. why not? Everyone needs hobbies! ;)


        • taleweavering January 26, 2016 / 3:08 pm

          Thank you mj6969 for turning my vice into virtue! Being diabolical sounds like a good hobby to me, lol.
          One year, folks on one of our walk routes had landscaping done. On the front lawn, in a perfect rainbow shape, mushrooms came with the rain for a couple of years. The perfection of the semi-circle was quite amazing as it wasn’t a planned mushroom planting.

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          • mj6969 January 26, 2016 / 3:12 pm

            it is amazing what can happen – when nature sets about her ways – unattended ;)


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