Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-third in this daily series that is ‘5pm Fiction’.
Late April 2011 I discovered http://StoryADay.org and the project that is to write 31 stories in 31 days. Anyone who knows me or follows this blog, knows how passionate I am about short stories so my clichéd eyes lit up at this new marvel. And just a few days later there I was, breathing life into new characters. This went on to become (with some editing of course) my 31-story collection eBook Story A Day May 2011.
I was nearing completion of the 2012 project when I decided that I didn’t want to stop at the end of May so 5PM Fiction was born. I put a load of prompts on the 5PM Fiction page and today’s was to write a story with a mixed bag: pineapple, pterodactyl, spoilt children, blue lips, jealousy. Here is my 215-worder.
Such a pterodactyl
“Dad! Maisy won’t share!”
“Eddie, you’ve got your own.” Simon pointed out.
“I’ve finished it.”
“So you have. That’s not Maisy’s fault.”
“But hers is pineapple.”
“Then you should have ordered the same.”
“But I didn’t want to.”
Neither of the children replied.
“Yours looked nice Eddie. Cranberry Crush, wasn’t it?”
“What?” Simon asked, face screwed up.
“It’s a dinosaur,” Eddie explained.
“I know,” Simon replied. “But I don’t…”
“Never mind, Dad,” Eddie continued looking longingly in the direction of his sister’s dessert.
“OK,” Eddie said when Maisy had finished. “Are we done now?”
With her lips blue from the pineapple and damson ice cream, Simon smiled at his daughter.
Maisy shook her head.
“Really? You two usually work backwards; dessert, main, starters. Not hungry?”
Maisy shrugged her shoulders.
Eddie grabbed a menu.
“And you Eddie?”
Eddie nodded enthusiastically but stared at his sister’s blue lips. “Anything blue.”
Simon laughed, but before anyone said anything else, the fire alarm went off.
“Shouldn’t we evacuate?” Eddie said, proud of his knowledge of the word.
“I’m sure it’s only a drill or someone’s burning the toast. Can you smell smoke?”
The children shook their heads.
“Well, then. Go on, have whatever you fancy.”
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