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Fun With Words: Venus Fly Trap September 19, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Humor, People, Word Play.

Wikipedia ~ Venus Fly Trap (in Public Domain)

As he fastened the last button on his fly, Jeremy decided to play a trick on his boss at the plant.

Work lately had become deathly dull ~ time to shake things up a bit.

On his way to work, Jeremy stopped at a local nursery and found what he’d come after . . . a Venus Fly Trap!

Using a  carnivorous plant  for the planned prank seemed the perfect payback for his blood-sucking boss.

Jeremy shelled over the dough, and headed back to his car.

Next stop, the pet store, to buy a package of live “ammo” ~ not one fly, not two flies, but a package with dozens of flies designed to feed an entire aquarium of bulbous bullfrogs.

According to the florist’s brochure, which he’d removed from the plant and tossed into the trash, each trap on a Venus Fly Trap takes approximately ten (10) days to fully digest prey caught in its lobes.

200px-Musca_illustrationAs he paid for the flies, Jeremy estimated that it would take ten Fly Traps ten lifetimes to consume the contents of the package.   He also expected that his vampiric boss would not have that crucial bit of information in his pea-sized brain.

A few minutes later, plant in hand, Jeremy walked into work with a smile on his face and a spring in his step.  He headed straight for his boss’s office, as he hummed Hendrix’s Purple Haze, “Scuse me . . . while I eat this fly!”

“Happy Birthday, Boss!”

“Thanks, Jeremy.  Wow . . . that’s an interesting plant.”

“It’s a Venus Fly Trap ~ perfect for your office.  Here, I got you a package of flies so you can feed it breakfast.”

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Inspiration:  Round Four of the NPR Challenge, which required writers to submit short stories using four words:  button, fly, trick, and plant.

To see (and hear!) the winning story:  Not Calling Attention To Ourselves


1. Carole - September 19, 2010

Great job! Question: what is the significance of a husband buying his wife a Venus Flytrap for her birthday?

nrhatch - September 19, 2010

Hmm . . . better than receiving a bathroom scale. 8)

2. Carole - September 19, 2010

oh so true!

nrhatch - September 19, 2010

I could use a Venus Fly Trap right now.

We rarely get flies inside . . . lizards, yes. Flies, no.

At the moment, we have a persistant pest flying around my work station that refuses to leave.

Where’s a Venus Flytrap when you need one?

3. Carole - September 19, 2010

Or how about a pitcher plant?

nrhatch - September 19, 2010

Aah . . . drowning instead of poison. Sounds like we’re planning a murder mystery. 8)

4. cindy - September 20, 2010

Gosh, you lot are ghoulish 😀

nrhatch - September 20, 2010

I have my moments. 8)

5. Naomi - September 20, 2010

Could use a Venus Fly Trap here too, leading into summer…failing which we’ll revert to the bait trap at the bottom of the garden!

nrhatch - September 20, 2010

I caught the fly and set it free outside!

I have a small magnetic cup of paperclips on my desk. I followed the slow moving fly around with it, trapped it inside, and carried it out.

It flew off without a backwards glance.

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