Madison Woods is asking for 100-word short short stories again, and this time she’s offered a beautifully serene picture to inspire us.
You just know that serenity can’t last…
A day of cupcakes and phone calls, she thinks. Bake sale tomorrow; people like little things they can eat out of hand. Arrange to have the car tuned. Phone Carla, just to talk – it’s been too long. Dentist appointment. So much to maintain, just to stay in the same place.
The kitchen always makes her smile – those silly Japanese lantern lights. But it’s dark. She flips the switch, burrows into a cabinet for cake mix. Mixer. Pans. Smell of smoke. Tongue of fire eating the lantern shade. She fishes her phone out of her jeans, running for the door. Call 911.
Flame riots in the windows. She stands on the sidewalk, making a mental list. Tomorrow’s going to be a busy day.
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I’d love to know what you think!