How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #170


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This week’s prompt:  …the scent was overpowering… + 100 words



First a wisp, then the smoke billowed denser and angrier.

Boys? Georgie? His mother peered through the doorway across the rolling fields and trees. “Georgie!”

She dashed inside, rang the fire-hall, and face alabaster, charged out again. Two boys hooted and swayed towards her in drunken fashion.

“You okay? How’d the fire start?” The twelve-year-olds howled with ridiculous laughter. She grabbed each by an arm and tugged towards home. “We’ll talk later. Better hope the house doesn’t catch fire.”

The wind shifted and the scent was overpowering. Fire bells clanged nearby. The odor seemed familiar, yet… “Lordy. Someone’s marijuana crop’s burning in our backyard.”


© 2015 All Rights Reserved Tess and How the Cookie Crumbles


Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

43 thoughts on “100-Word Challenge for Grownups – Week #170

  1. I didn’t see that ending coming. Anyone who inhales that fire is in for a surprise.


  2. Kinda scary but awesomely funny. Lordy…..LOL…..I tell you, that’s one fire I would have inhaled the smoke from….this is great Tess.


  3. Ha!!! Fabulous, Tess. One of your best.
    About 20 years ago, different big city, different state… I watched the news reporting a big pot bust in a mountain town a couple of hours away. The pot was baled like hay and stacked higher than a man was tall — like i said, huge bust. Well… the sheriff wasted no time getting rid of it. They set the whole shebang on fire. The deputies all tended the pot bonfire. Oddly none of them wanted to leave, even though they were so “tired” they staggered. They told the reporter they didn’t mind. Soon after the report aired, traffic jammed the freeway on the route to the town… 😈 True story. 😀

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  4. LOVED the ending!! 😀
    Now we know why the boys were laughing so much 😉

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  5. Oh dear, lots of lost contraband.. nice one


  6. Now there is a real problem.


  7. Thanks for the giggle. Great post, thought it might go into the weeds, but…lol 😉
    Hope this day is treating you kindly…at least it’s warmer. 🙂

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  8. Wonderful story, but I thought the smell would be corn liquor (mash) fermenting!!!


  9. Noelleg44 and I were on the same track. I sure the boys were liquored up. Marijuana? That is an overpowering scent!


  10. A surprise ending Tess! That is not what I was expecting. You always have us on the edge of our seats don’t you? 🙂

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  11. We did have dense smoke around our district this morning – nothing as dramatic as this though! Just routine Autumn controlled backburns in the local mountain ranges.
    Great story!

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  12. Oh Tess you are hilarious 🙂 You come up with such brilliant ideas and then write them even better!


    • 😀 😀 Thank you, Gilly. I don’t always know the ending. I always hope it’s subtle enough not to be jarring, but sound possible. 😀 Now everyone’s going to think I ‘know’ about the weed. 😛 😛


  13. Very entertaining, thanks Tess.


  14. Loved it Tess and the twist at the end. Trust two boys to find mischief I am sure the surrounding neighbours had a chilled out time. xxx


  15. Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! haha, home it’s imposible, I don’t smoke but once my room with candles that were burning… a little table almos start burning at the same time!


  16. Fantastic tale, love this Tess! Can just picture those two boys, laughing their heads off…hope mom closed her windows 😉 😛 o_O


  17. And off the boys go to scarf dome some Ben and Jerry’s. Hilarious story!


  18. Yes, Lordy. Well paced and written.


  19. LOL That ending is priceless.


  20. Another reason to increase funding for fire dept.


  21. Entertaining Tess, I think I’d be creeping up for an inhale at this point ! xx


  22. oh boy Tess, 12 year old fire bugs and a maryjane field. What a way to go…. 😉

    Perfectly done, Tess. You are just getting better and better.


  23. *BIG GRIN*

    Now, thanks to the last line, we know why those boys seemed clueless. Made me laugh with this one, Tess. 😀


  24. Great short with a surprise at the end! 🙂


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