Neighbour’s Envy

I look wistfully at the neighbour’s farm. It appears like just a fence separates our lands, but I know the difference is not just cosmetic. If our place is earth, theirs is heaven.

I stare intently across the fence, and I can see gently floating wisps of ethereal clouds on their farm.


Photo prompt courtesy Jodi McKinney

I have been lusting after what lies there for a long time now, but no more. I’ll get it today, or die trying.

I take two steps back, and then, start running towards the fence, slowly at first, and quickly gathering speed as I run.

And just three feet from the fence, I jump….and somehow clear the fence by a whisker.

I land a bit ungainly, to be honest, but I don’t care. I’m finally close to what I’ve always dreamed about.

I take a deep breath, bring my head down, and take a huge bite.
Aaah……. AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH. What the heck was that?

The grass was indeed greener on the other side, but what I hadn’t realized was that it was astro-turf!


175 words.

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers hosted by Priceless Joy. The challenge is to write a story in 75-175 words, inspired by the weekly photo prompt.


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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16 Responses to Neighbour’s Envy

  1. Ha! Things on the other side are not what they seem.

  2. syncwithdeep says:

    great take on the prompt.. 🙂

  3. Abhijit Ray says:

    Are we talking about a horse or donkey? Anyway neither will recognise an Astroturf. Simply it may not taste as good.

  4. Hahahaha! The grass always seems greener on the other side, especially if it is Astro-turf! LOL! Great story! By the way, is this a horse, a cow, or a sheep?

  5. haha that made me laugh, great story 🙂

  6. Kalpana Solsi says:

    All that glitters is not gold and all that is green is not grass……:):):).

  7. michael1148humphris says:

    You made laugh, I really enjoyed how you utilised the grass is green on the other side idea. Just great

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