I’m warning you right now this is a ridiculous post. But I’ve been remiss with my blogging so I thought I’d leave you a wicked little short.
Note: This flash fiction was inspired by a contest I missed on the blog of prolific novelist and screenwriter, Ryne Douglas Pearson. The assignment was to tell a story in four sentences about how bacon saved someone. You had to mention the word bacon and the word pneumothorax at least once. As you can see, I cheated on the length. And you’ll have to decide for yourself if bacon saved Athena, or not.
How Athena loved the feel of fat against her fingertips. Once cooked, the salty strips were irresistible. “Sear my beauties, sear,” she whispered as bacon smoke bathed her flesh.
Benjamin would be down soon for breakfast. What a fine specimen of a man he had once been, before the bitterness and drink overtook him. He grunted as he slipped into his seat, giving her exquisite body just a passing glance. Nothing mattered but the meat for her man.
“Do you like it?” she asked, running her finger down the seam of her black stockings.
“That’s fucking bullshit,” he said glaring at the words on his iPhone. A sheen of bacon grease glimmered across his chin. He gasped suddenly, dropping the slim gadget. Panicked wheezing noises filled the breakfast nook. He reached out for the phone and landed hard on the floor.
“Oh dear,” she said, “you’ve taken a spill.”
Benjamin tried to bang his leaden fist against the floor. “Wha, whas happening?”
“Nothing darling,” Athena said in a sing-song tone, scraping the remains of his plate down the disposal. “It will all be over with soon.”
Benjamin slumped against the wall, clutching at his chest. The webinar on common household poisons had said to expect a pneumothorax. She never imagined it would happen this quickly.
Athena retrieved her suitcase from the pantry stepping over Benjamin’s shuddering body.
Oddly enough the blue of his skin was the exact shade she had tried to find in kitchen tile just four weeks prior, sort of a cross between iceberg and Robin’s egg. Yes, four weeks ago when she first met Cami who called Benjamin Benny, just like Athena had when they’d first started dating.
She walked out the door leaving behind his lies, his apologies, and a lifetime supply of bacon.
Benny never could resist a redhead.
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