Family Tree

‘Gary, what are you doing?’

‘I’m digging a hole.’


‘You’ll see!’

‘Gary, you’ve been sullen ever since Marshall came out. Why don’t you talk about it? Get things off your chest.’

‘There’s nothing to talk about it, Mel! Marshall’s lifestyle is his own to make.’

‘Oh, Gary! Don’t tell me you are homophobic.’

‘No! I’m not. I have no issues with Marshall being gay. Only with the fact that they are not planning for kids.’


‘It’s up to me to take care of our family tree.’


‘Yup! I’m planting myself. Don’t worry. The seed is strong.’

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff – Fields. This week’s delightful prompt is by Connie Gayer and stars our resident lord of puns Russell. Do head over here to read other entries. 

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  1. This is really touching, although maybe Gary needs to worry less about the DNA of his line continuing. Family is bigger than just genes.

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  2. Varad, I experienced so many emotions reading this. Perhaps, he should take a more direct approaqch and donate to a sperm bank instead.
    Best wishes,


  3. Well, he could get cremated and have his ashes mixed in with a sapling’s base. (this is actually a thing). So, plant away, plant away.


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