Monday, May 19, 2014

Flickertail & Paint in The Case of the Missing Dandelions

Elsie was distraught when she called the P.I. team of Flickertail the llama and Paint the horse.  Her usually abundant crop of dandelions was nonexistent this year. She would not be able to offer her friends any dandelion stew or wine on their next trip to the moon.

“I can’t imagine what happened to my dandelions. I always have more than enough to satisfy even my most ravenous friends.  Can you help me find my dandelions?”

The snoops agreed to see if they could sniff out any clues. “You can pay us with 10% of any dandelions we recover.”

“Your neighbors seem to have plenty of dandelions in their yards,” Paint observed.
“They always do. Everybody seems to have been blessed with them this year but me.”

Knowing that Wilma was looking for unusual flavors for her Popsicles, Flickertail and Paint decided to pay her a visit. She didn’t have any more than the usual amount of dandelions in her yard, but they were astonished to see her capturing ants. “Surely, you don’t intend to use them in your Popsicles.”
Wilma assured them that she only used the ants for her famous chocolate covered ant treats. “I’m kept quite busy with my ant business this time of year. I don’t have any extra time for developing any new Popsicle flavors.”

Next they went to visit Rita’s cell phone bull. “I don’t even like dandelions,” he told them indignantly.

A little birdie told them that Bhawana was inventing a new tanning lotion to make ladies smooth, nubless legs more beautiful. Could she be using dandelions to add color to the lotion? Bhawana was very cooperative in showing them the ingredients she planned to use. Dandelions were not mentioned.

They had heard that William hated dandelions so they went to visit him next to see if he had nefarious plans for Elsie’s dandelions. He, of course, denied any evil intentions, but he did mention Wilma’s flying cows.  “She doesn’t have to use antibiotics on her cows, because she feeds them dandelion root and garlic to boost their immunity system.”

Flickertail and Paint returned to Wilma’s where they discovered acres of Elsie’s dandelions hidden in back of several huge ant hills.


  1. Send Wilma to Almost Iowa. We have dandelions to spare.

    1. Wisconsin, too. We also have plenty of ants.

  2. Oh, very fun. You have me smiling nostalgically for those days when we all still shared our writing regularly. Lovely story.

    1. I miss those days, too, Sheila. You were one of my favorite writers.

  3. I just love this. Wow, some big ant hills.

    1. I had a lot of fun writing the F&P stories. I'm thinking of writing a second F&P book. So glad you enjoyed it, Pam.

  4. Persistence pays off in dandelions--over the moon with this response to the prompt!



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