Lilly is a collector of unusual things. She also collects containers to hold those things and is flexible regarding storage. Boxes, crates, cartons, bins, chests, hampers. Cardboard, wood, metal, plastic, ceramic. Lilly isn't fussy provided the chosen item fits nicely into its repository.
Her acquisitions are equally as varied. A girl of many tastes and preferences, there is no telling what might take her fancy at any given time. "Animal, Vegetable or Mineral," as the popular old television game show was prone to ponder.
One of her whims, however, lends a whole new meaning to having a hand in the cookie jar.
The counter was bare except for the cookie jar. A gnome holding a yellow daisy in a terracotta pot. Curtains ruffle as a breeze passes through the open window of the kitchen. It seems the storm has faded. Silver clouds curl in the distance as blue skies peek through. I look down at my hands. Dried blood, like rusty brown paint, covers my pale skin. He tried to take everything. Even the cookie jar. But now I’ve taken even more from him. The thunder drowned his screams and the rain washed away the evidence of his grave.
The sound of a door slamming; a dust devil appeared at the top of the grand staircase. “I’ll grind his bones into flour, so you can fill the cookie jar.” “No Jacob, what would pastor Kyle say?” “Leave the pastor out of this Candice.” A sudden strong wind ruffled my hair. Then I remembered…the door was closed. “Damn it! He’s got a protective charm on him. I can still scare the shit out of him. All problems have a solution.” The chandelier swayed, and the front door opened. I saw writing in blood appear on the dusty floor. “Get out!”
Last Edit: Jun 13, 2021 22:57:36 GMT -6 by pelwrath
Post by ScienceGirl on Jun 13, 2021 23:00:40 GMT -6
Elspeth sat criss-cross applesauce on the blood-spattered carpet, using Grandpa’s tweezers to extract glass shards from her dainty toes. “I’m so sorry. I’ll pay for it.”
“No need for that.” Grandpa scooped the larger pieces into a wicker trash can. He crossed the kitchen to the old oak hutch where all the fancy dishes were kept. “No worries, sweet Elspeth.” After carefully setting several pieces of colorful glassware on the floor, he pulled out a plain brown box and lifted the lid. “Come, child.”
Elspeth peeked and gasped. An identical cookie jar?
Grandpa chuckled. “Your grandmother will never know.”
Alatariel: My first time really looking at them all, and I agree! So good!
Oct 17, 2021 10:56:20 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Ack....hate it when I've checked and double checked and even triple checked to make sure all is good, only to find out I submitted an entry that has errors. ACK......
Oct 17, 2021 11:10:56 GMT -6
Alatariel: Always! No matter how many time I read through mine, there will always be something someone picks up on that I missed
Oct 17, 2021 11:32:43 GMT -6
pelwrath: I have learned to accept that I’ll have errors, it’s a given. Only do my best to minimize the number of errors.
Oct 17, 2021 12:01:16 GMT -6
Mazulla: Same here! Why is it we only notice these things once they're submitted?!
Oct 17, 2021 12:19:07 GMT -6
Alatariel: Honestly if it's something small I won't take off points because we're all human.
Oct 17, 2021 13:48:59 GMT -6
FoxxGlove: Going to adopt the same policy, Alatariel. Such wise words.
Oct 17, 2021 14:47:20 GMT -6
pelwrath: It's been a few weeks but I had an idea for a 100-word story, and posted.
Oct 18, 2021 0:48:18 GMT -6
Mazulla: Your 100 word entry is great, Pelwrath. I don't have any ideas nailed down yet. I seem to always think on it a few days and sometimes don't post til the last day.
Oct 18, 2021 11:30:37 GMT -6
pelwrath: Mazulla, thank you for your kind words. In truth, I didn’t think I’d have a story for ‘crisp’, that I’d like. While cleaning the windows and screens for winter, the idea came to me. The day was a very cloudy one but for a few minutes the sun did shine.
Oct 18, 2021 12:05:20 GMT -6
Mazulla: When you're trying to put together some critiques, but your 80-90lb dog keeps throwing himself in your lap... And keeps looking at me and smiling. You can see this goof here: i.imgur.com/8UvQpbD.jpg?1
Oct 18, 2021 13:00:28 GMT -6
Alatariel: OMG that picture Mazulla! I'm dying
Oct 18, 2021 13:09:04 GMT -6
Mazulla: Distracting, isn't it? Haha! He makes it so hard to ignore him.
Oct 18, 2021 16:44:14 GMT -6
pelwrath: Don’t know if he’s laughing or barring his teeth to protect the computer.
Oct 18, 2021 20:04:57 GMT -6
Mazulla: Oh, he's definitely being a goof! It's a funny attention-seeking maneuver. Quite dramatic about it, too, always throwing his head back to show those pearly whites.
Oct 18, 2021 21:11:03 GMT -6