3 Things Challenge: The Wife Stands Alone

Di of Pensitivity has a three word challenge! The words are: self, assaulted, hedgerow.


High winds and slanting rain meant the perfect day for working. Grimwin looked up into the blurriness and felt his lips and cheeks tighten into a grin.

“No pesky sunshine today, self.”

Self smiled as well.

He grabbed at an expectant satchel lumped near the front hole; startled, it *eeeped* as he lifted it. Fortunately, the satchel also enjoyed dismal weather. If it’d had olfactory pockets, its beaten leather would have inhaled deeply at the worm-puddle scents that assaulted it from without the tunnel.

Instead, only Grimwin sucked a musty lungful and scampered to the surface. His still-grinning head popped up within the damp and wilting hedgerow.

“EEEEEEEK!” screeched the farmer’s wife.

Grimwin had enough time to wonder why in the Underworld that sturdy human was gardening today, of all days, when a solid, metallic *thunk!* sent gremlin and satchel back down to a silent dark.


©2019 Chelsea Owens

20 thoughts on “3 Things Challenge: The Wife Stands Alone

    • Chelsea Owens October 21, 2019 / 8:41 am

      Thanks for the prompt! I’ve been meaning to write something for your 3TC for a while. 🙂


  1. Sarah Brentyn October 21, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    I read those three words like…what’s she going to do here? That’s fun. Great write, Chelsea. 🙂

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    • Chelsea Owens October 21, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      😀 I can say that I did the same thing!


  2. Jules October 22, 2019 / 8:30 am

    It is a challenge to use any word list however short. Perhaps the Wife was alone, just gremlin hunting… as much as a lone gardener would be? A fun read.

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  3. D. Wallace Peach October 22, 2019 / 10:13 am

    I love this. I love it when we aren’t told what we’re seeing and get to discover it through the writing. Awesome, Chelsea. 🙂

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  4. H.R.R. Gorman October 30, 2019 / 7:01 pm

    Until I read “gremlin,” I had imagined a rat. Both nasty critters!

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