Flash: Cantina

The verdant hillside rippled with the last of the day’s heat, the scent of fresh turned earth and olive trees carried on the breeze. Lizza sat alone in the cantina, sipping wine and watching as both tourists and workers arrived, taking seats throughout the patio.

As the sun set a delicate fragrance caught her attention, Jasmine, one of her favorites; she hadn’t noticed before True Jasmine planted throughout the courtyard. She considered the rest of the courtyard, Oleander out front, Belladonna and Foxglove in planters on all the windows.

What had she stepped into? Just then, her dinner was served.


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  1. This is very interesting. I really enjoyed it.

  2. The questions keep coming: had this cantina been recommended? Was there an alternative motive? Is she in Hell and doesn’t know it? Maybe she arrived in the Twilight Zone by mistake? Or went One Step Beyond?

    Love how you twist it up.

    • I am so glad you enjoyed this one, I certainly had fun writing it. It does lead one to wonder, what is happening and why are so many there for a meal, why?

  3. Oh no, poison where there’s food!

  4. Neat! A completely poisonous garden… where food is served. Love this!

  5. There’s something satisfying about freshly turned earth and the ground after rain

  6. Sounds like the beginning of a movie “The Killing Cantina” … or “The Poison Cantina” 🙂

    Verdant … definitely a great word, but, sadly, not easy to work into everyday conversation.

    • I know, right? There are some words you only get to use in writing, I think that is one.

      • After PBS shows like Frontline, they reference the sponsoring MacArthur foundation, “committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.” I always think how nice that sounds!

        • Oh, I want to figure out how to use it in a conversation. But I am afraid. I live in Texas don’t you know, I think most people I am around and talk to might think I am cursing them in Spanish.


          • I can imagine! There are several words I see in writing that I never hear spoken: diaphanous, insouciance, susurrus …then some words all of a sudden get “discovered” and subsequently overused: epitome and epiphany are two that my brother-in-law loves to use inappropriately. Also, “literally.” Ugh. Hmm, this could be a blog topic for me.

  7. I love the description of the fragrance of flowers. I have jasmine in my patio and the scent is so strong, but hopefully it’s not true jasmine. Yikes. Interesting that the Cantina’s growing these particular flowers. One can only deduce that this is going to be a mystery of sorts. Hmm…

  8. I am so in LOVE with this garden. Maybe you should come out and help me plant one in my yard! I think I could put it to good use 😉

  9. Hey great Val. I am always anticipating your punchline. Very clever.

  10. I get the feeling that many of my pics sparked this thought! 🙂 ….. Great imagery.

    • That is indeed true Eric. That and the idea of sitting solitary as the winds blew down from a vinyard or an olive grove. I just needed to be twisted about it. 😉

  11. Indeed – what has she stepped into 🙂

    Peace my dear,

  12. Gray Dawster says:

    I would press the ‘Like’ but it isn’t working,
    it does that on my Space too so I have no idea
    why that happens, even my reader is not
    functioning properly on my Space, which is
    also a PITA 😦 Be good tonight, like me 🙂

    Andro xxxx

  13. Gray Dawster says:

    I love this one Val, it has all the beauty of your
    writing and the wickedness just at the end, I had a
    little giggle over that one, and how delightfully
    woven, it is truly magnificent my sweet friend 🙂 🙂

    Andro xxxx

    • Thank you Andro. I wonder how many people will know how truly wicked it is 😉

      • Val, I don’t want to ask but I read it three times I read all the comments and I googled some stuff. It really was beautiful written. I did the work I promise so can you just tell me what she stepped in it. you can message it to me if you don’t want it on your page. You should probably leave my comment. Your followers will know you don’t look down on the foolish haha love you Val

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