Three line tales: Lemons

This is Sonya’s photo prompt for this week’s Three Line Tales challenge.

The gorgeous photo is ©Erol Ahmed


She hung back, letting the group wander ahead behind the guide, gazing at the tempting displays of the market stalls. “Just one?” She held up a lemon, smelling of sunshine, a tuft of bright, hard leaves still clinging.

He turned, impatiently, one eye on the guide, not wanting to get left behind in the swirling foreign crowd and sighed heavily in exasperation. “What for? They have a ton of those in the bar.”

It was her turn to sigh, as she thought of lemon groves, blue sea and quiet.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

42 thoughts on “Three line tales: Lemons”

  1. I can’t blame her… sounds like a stressful holiday. I hope she’ll find a lemon grove, the sea and quiet.

    I love ‘a lemon, smelling of sunshine’ – makes me want to put a bowl of lemons in a sunny place for them to fill the air with their lovely scent 🙂

  2. Great tale, as it sets the entire scene beautifully; as such, it draws me in and puts me there standing back, looking at their interaction and shaking my head 🙂

    1. I’m glad you like it. I think people like her companion should write to put their story over. They’re unfathomable to me, but there must be a reason behind their way of looking at things.

    1. I shouldn’t be so judgemental. I don’t like tours and would never want to have some one telling me what to look at and interpreting everything for me, but some people like the camaraderie I suppose.

      1. I live near the main market and we get bus loads of tourists brought through to prod at the produce and generally get in the way. They follow a woman who holds up a stick with a big red bat thing at the end. It always makes me think of one of the religious processions we were forced into when I was little.

      2. Haha. Now I’m picturing a scene with the woman tour guide wearing one of those cardinal’s hats (what is that called?) and robes, but carrying a big, red bat thing. 🙂

    1. I can’t see the point of just ‘looking’. You can do that leafing through a book of photos. To experience a place you have to get into it altogether. I wonder if the people on these tours feel a sense of frustration afterwards?

  3. I like your lines Jane they are very thoughtful. It made me think of how much better it is to get these lemons fresh, then in a bar/restaurant. Apparently, one of the dirtiest things in a bar/restaurant are the skins of the lemons and limes. So, I think it better to buy your own so you can wash them — and never put the slice of lemon/lime in your water/drink at the bar/restaurant, always squeeze the juice in and leave the skin out.

    1. I don’t think you can ever use the zest of a lemon these days. It’s the pesticides that get you, not the hygiene. Workers in lemon orchards have to wear protective gear…

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