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October 31, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dark and stormy night (more than two sentences)

It was a dark and stormy night.

(She always thought Snoopy as a writer was underrated.)

No way they could force her out now. Not with this downpour.

They know she’d fight the only way she could: dead weight.

Dramatic photo of pencil plant

She’s seen them whispering.

Knew they would want to haul her off before she could reach out to someone.

Physically fragile, maybe, but she never gave up.

Let the water get cut off.

Let the temperatures drop below freezing.

She’d toughed it out before and she’d tough it out again.

Surprise them all.

Stories about her spread. Legends.

People crossed over so as not to get too close.

Suited her.

She never really fit the “popular” group.

But at end of each October, she was always wary.

Some people felt braver around Halloween. Hiding behind masks.

Some might decide to try to break her.

That was always their excuse.

“Just for the night, stay back here. For your own good.”

Defiantly this year she was determined to stay right on her own porch.

With the rain, they could demure.

“It’s just too hard to move her even on good days.”

spooky pencil plant on porch

She couldn’t ask for the stage to be set more perfectly.

A stormy night. flickering lights.

Winds maliciously swirling around the porch pillars.

They wouldn’t see her there in the dark. Waiting.

As soon as an unsuspecting “guest” stepped up – and breeze stirred her – she’d stretch out a long bare finger and brush it across their cheek.

Oh, the shrieks!

The jumble of treats flying as they flee!

Oh, look. Dark chocolate – full of antioxidants.

Now where is that squirrel when you need them?

Shouldn’t be difficult to persuade one to bury a piece or two at her feet.

After all, she was a tough one to ignore.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Read more?

Bullies are so cruel. She has feelings, too, you know. “Stick thin. Hatefully miscast.”

What exactly is Euphorbia tirucalli? Find out here. Such a unique plant.

Pencil plant

Pencil plants are a natural for a spooky Halloween.


  1. robstroud / Oct 31 2013 5:59 pm

    Hooray for Snoopy… a great role model for many aspiring writers, both young and old.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2013 6:33 pm

      Snoopy and the gang – lots of words of wisdom there. Thanks for not being afraid of the dark


    • JackieL / Nov 3 2013 4:20 pm

      Snoopy the writer, Snoopy the magician, Snoopy the World War I flying ace. Truly a Renaissance canine.


  2. angelswhisper2011 / Oct 31 2013 8:46 pm

    Leaving some Spooky Pawkisses for the occasion 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2013 9:23 pm

      That plant is so odd it spooks little kids at night. We usually roll it in the garage or around back – but no chance this year. Thanks for the spooky treat!


  3. Kourtney Heintz / Oct 31 2013 9:18 pm

    I love the idea of a plant playing Halloween hijinks. Fabulous Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2013 9:45 pm

      This post was supposed to be one of those scary stories in 2 sentences…but you know how that goes.
      That plant is so odd it really spooks little kids at night. They simply do not like the leafless looks of it with all the shadows. Usually we tug it into the garage or to the back, but simply too soggy today to try. Hope you have a howling good Halloween


  4. LifeOfBun / Oct 31 2013 10:23 pm

    Buhuhu creepy >_<

    A stormy night. flickering lights.
    Winds maliciously swirling around the porch pillars.

    That's a deliciously dark setting right there.


  5. PiedType / Oct 31 2013 10:23 pm

    Interesting plant. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one before.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2013 3:04 pm

      Isn’t that a strange one? Our neighbor was leaving it behind when they moved – so we took it in. Being grateful, it has tried to show appreciation by growing large enough to take over. It really disturbs small trick or treaters – with the oddness and shadows it makes, so we usually drag it to the garage or someplace…but no chance this time with the downpours. The storms broke just in time for sunset – and the football game. Whew, sure parents were happy.
      Thanks for wandering in the thicket


  6. Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A. / Nov 1 2013 3:15 am

    I’m rooting for that plant (pun intended). You write such clever stories. I had to read this one twice to get it was the plant talking (oh, I shouldn’t have admitted that but I knew there was a reason you chose that photo).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2013 2:54 pm

      Glad you got a giggle. After I posted, I realized some might not have seen the plant’s original story and would be totally confused. (It’s always that way…right after I hit Publish, I realize….) Thanks for sticking with the story!


  7. Robin / Nov 1 2013 1:49 pm

    What a fantastic plant for Halloween. I’ve never seen one before.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2013 2:25 pm

      A friend gave this to us when they moved. It’s really tough. A few years ago it froze to the dirt when it got left out during an unexpected freeze…maybe we were lucky, it shows signs of growing and taking over the porch…the house…
      Thanks for planting a comment


  8. jmmcdowell / Nov 1 2013 8:11 pm

    I like her attitude! Is she strong enough to support a sheet or some cheesecloth? I bet she’d make a great ghost and maybe wouldn’t scare the little ones as much?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 1 2013 9:12 pm

      Cheesecloth. That might work…she’s not too fond of Christmas balls and keeps tossing them off. Something about “People make fun of animals wearing costumes, so why is it OK to holiday costume dress plants? Sigh. Guess we are lucky she can walk a protest line or dial up new stations…Thanks planting a great idea!


  9. Sun / Nov 2 2013 1:53 pm

    pencil plant. perfect name and interesting it is making its way over to cancer cure. now that would be a great thing. this plant looks like a great place for a praying mantis to hang. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2013 3:06 pm

      That plant has the preferred location on the morning sunny porch…you can be startled leaving by lizards and dragonflies that are enjoying snoozing on the branches. Thanks for sticking


  10. The Hook / Nov 2 2013 6:49 pm

    Snoopy has never received his due.
    Until now, that is.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2013 7:36 pm

      Love that Snoopy. Used to use him a lot when I worked with writers. He’s on top of it all! Thanks for the bark.


  11. EllaDee / Nov 4 2013 8:38 am

    Pencil Plant writes her own story… Halloween is meant to be scary. PP doesn’t need a costume. Hope PP drew in some of the braver trick or treaters 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 7 2013 4:21 pm

      It was a dark and stormy night. The little trick or treaters ran a few houses early then went inside. The older ones went to the football game, then parties. Pencil plant felt smug – she doesn’t like others to stick around. Thanks for braving the shivers


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