Potatoes Grow in Dirt

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Mrs. Miller tripped on a shoe as soon as she entered her house. She already knew what she would find in the hall as she walked around the minefield of shoes and socks.

Her stinky thirteen-year old was sprawled on the couch. A scrunched-up bag of chips, a soda can and a greasy takeout container waited like soldiers for their next orders on the floor.

Mrs. Miller’s head felt like a pressure cooker about to blow. “Zachary Miller! Look at this mess! It’s like we live inside a trash can! And have you showered today? You’ll have potatoes growing out of your skin!”

Zac rolled his eyes. “Please, Mom. I’m thirteen, remember?” 

“And clean your room! It’ll soon be teeming with Gargantuants!”

“Mom! I’ll clean it tomorrow. And please, enough of your silly stories!” He sank deeper into the cushions.

Mrs. Miller walked away. It was useless.

Seconds later, the floor rumbled and lights flickered. Static buzzed on TV.  Something monstrous was moving under the wood floor.

“Mom?” Zac stood up. 

Two red, hairy tentacles gripped his feet. Zac screamed. “Mom!!” His eyes widened in horror as a monster ant reached for his jugular.

“Yum, another dirty kid!” The Gargantuant clapped its tentacles as it slurped Zac’s entrails. “They always taste like potatoes.”

14 thoughts on “Potatoes Grow in Dirt

    1. mixedbag Post author

      Can you tell this is inspired by your ‘forest’ story? I keep calling it that, but you know which one I’m talking about 🙂 Thank you, Mel! Loved your work this week!

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  1. saroful

    This reminds me of the moment in Labyrinth where Sarah says “I wish the goblins would come and take you away right now” … and they do! (only one question: do ants really like potatoes?)

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    1. mixedbag Post author

      Gargantuants probably got some carb cravings 🙂 But I get it. Didn’t put much thought into that. Thanks, Rowan! Your comments always help!

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  2. Asha Rajan

    This was fun! Even with foreshadowing, your twist was still unexpected because the world you built was otherwise so familiar. The dialogue read as authentic and your voice was appropriate.

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    1. mixedbag Post author

      Thank you, Asha! This was languishing in my drafts folder. Brushed it up at the last minute to post it on the grids.So glad it worked. Your comment made my day <3 <3

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      1. Asha Rajan

        I’m so glad you went back to your drafts folder. Often the kernel of really good stories are buried in the drafts/off cuts folder! It’s always worth a second look.

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  3. innatejames

    The way your plot gets increasingly surreal was a great way to introduce the humor and absurdity of the situation. I also like how the name “Gargantuants” doesn’t require any explanation.

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