Daily Prompt: Beware of Extravagance

Protea Nutans

“Are you sure that’s the one Fred.?”

“The photo was in the newspaper, a rare flower, there are only four in the whole world. It’s valued at around one thousand dollars. Just imagine if we let it grow it will make seeds. There is a profit to be made on this one.”

“Don’t like the look of those tentacles. I would rather steal some diamonds or rob a bank, at least I know what I am getting. Looks a bit dodgy to me. Did you notice when you began to speak it turned in our direction.”

“They are not tentacles, just petals. Plants turn towards the sun, not humans,  and now it’s night.”

“And it smells a bit funny, like sewage.”

“It’s probably one of those plants that attract flies with their smell.”

“I don’t like the idea.”

“Don’t be silly it’s only a flower, but an expensive flower. We will be rich. So dig it out and put it in this pot. No-one will miss it.”

“No, I’m not touching it.”

“Do I have to do everyhing myself?”

“OK, but I don’t like the way it’s looking at me. Ow.”

“Now what’s the matter?”

“It bit me.”

“Joe, plants do not bite, they might sting but they do not bite.”

“This one does, look you can see the teeth at the end of those tentacle petal things.”

“Where? It does look a bit funny. Look a bit closer, does it really have teeth. Joe not that close. Where are you going? Now that’s funny he disappeared and that flower is twice as big as it was. ”

It was then that the plant made a sort of belching noise. Fred decided that stealing rare plants from the exhibition at night was not a good idea and when he noticed that the plant did have teeth in the petals he fled with the plant following him. The next morning the gardiner discovered that the flower had died, but in its place there were two large seeds. If you listened you could hear them calling to each other.

Daily Prompt: Beware of exgravagance

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