Special Rice

Photo by: Erin Leary


Vance looked over the grain field. “I hate the way China is outproducing the U.S. in so many industries. So I’m doing my patriotic duty. I started growing this special rice.”

Beside him, Edgar said, “What’s special about it?”

“It grows fast and produces triple the grains. I’ll sell it for half the price where rice is a staple. America will corner the rice market!”

“That’s terrific!”

“But it has a chemical inside that makes people lazy and unproductive.”

“Ooh, that’s bad. Who would eat it if they knew?”

“Not a problem,” grinned Vance. “I just won’t tell China.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Look here for the original photo prompt and a blue link to many other stories: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/5-february-2016/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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30 Responses to Special Rice

  1. luckyjc007 says:

    “What they don’t know, won’t hurt them.” ….but not in this case!

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  2. List of X says:

    Such naivety… Doesn’t Vance realize that Chinese or American companies will buy this special rice for half price, repackage it under regular rice brand, and sell it back to the US slightly cheaper than the regular rice?

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    • EagleAye says:

      Uh huh. You are absolutely right. That actually happens all the time. If he expects that rice to land only in China, he’ll be sorely disappointed. Pretty soon, with Chinese, Malaysian, and Indonesian factories producing far less, it’ll be hard for Americans to buy a tee-shirt! 😦


  3. Margaret says:

    He’s going to make a killing, for sure. I’ll make sure I read package information a little more closely after reading your story. Well told.

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  4. Indira says:

    Just perfect for them They are making too much unrest at our borders. But will it work?

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yep. They’re doing that to everybody, especially after claiming the entire South China Sea is their own personal territory.

      I don’t think Vance’s plan will work though. China will end up re-selling the rice to Malaysia and Indonesia. It wouldn’t be long before Americans couldn’t buy any more clothes!

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  5. Dear Eric,

    Funny…I saw rice paddies, too. 😉 Perhaps if people ate this rice they’d be too lethargic to make war. At any rate, I don’t think we need a food to make us any more lethargic and unproductive than we already are. Humorous and thought provoking.



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    • EagleAye says:

      Honestly, I have no idea what those plants are. My first thought was some kind of weird rice, even though that’s definitely not Asia in the picture. So yeah, we’d better hope Americans don’t end up eating that rice. We’re bad enough as it is. 😉 But then, if it stops war…hmm… 😉 Thanks so much Rochelle!


  6. Not even rice is safe? Oh, what a tragedy….I think Vance would get along with Del Boy from “Only Fools and Horses”. 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ha! I think they’re teaming up to hatch this plan. Don’t worry. The Chinese will likely figure this one out. They’ll probably steal the rice via industrial espionage and then start shipping it to the US! 😦

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  7. athling2001 says:

    How Funny! I love it.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. gahlearner says:

    Fun story, but I think I’ll stop eating rice now.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Devious but then this is what shall happen if majority of stuff comes with a “made in C” marking! Only risk is the instance if the rice should not be imported back to the producer country 😉

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  10. Dale says:

    Hmmm… can totally understand the thought process but as mentioned above, it will come back and bite them in the ass!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. If China finds out that guy is going to be kept busy dodging a bunch of guys who resemble the stars in those movies they show late at night on TV. Well done, Eric. 😀 — Suzanne

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  12. erinleary says:

    Maybe you’re on to something…

    Liked by 1 person

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