Lollipops in the Snow
‘Go on,’ Finley said. ‘I dare you.’
‘No,’ Jack replied, with a mouth full of Coco Pops. ‘You do it.’
‘I said it first.’ Finley looked at his younger brother sitting opposite him at the breakfast table. ‘Chicken,’ he muttered.
‘Are too! Unless you can prove it?’
‘Okay. Fine. I’ll do it.’
‘Danny from down the road said they taste like lollipops.’
Both slipped down from the IKEA chairs and stacked their two cereal bowls into the dishwasher. In the hallway they put on thick jackets, woollen scarfs, gloves and hats. They pulled on snow boots, Finley’s were green and Jack’s were blue, and stepped outside into the freezing air.
It was less than twenty seconds to the nearest lamppost.
‘Go on then,’ Finley urged.
Jack gingerly stuck out his tongue and inched the tip closer to the lamppost. ‘Aah!’ He jumped back. ‘It’s freezing.’
‘Of course it is, you idiot. You didn’t do it properly. You need to lick it and hold it there for five seconds.’
‘Okay. Here goes…’
Jack gave the lamppost a lick. The soft covering of ice came away and melted immediately in his mouth.
‘Hold it,’ Finley warned. ‘Five, four, three,-’
‘One. Okay, you can let go now.’
‘I can’t,’ Jack said, with difficulty. ‘I’m stuck.’
Finley laughed and then caught an image of his mother who was bound to be furious.
‘Sorry. I’ll go get Dad. He’ll know what to do.’
Jack stood glued to the lamppost. It tasted of nothing.
This story is dedicated to my good friend Gillian, her husband, and her two boys Finley and Jack.
May is National Short Story Month. I've joined A.M. Harte's Senseless Challenge:
We have five senses.
May has five Fridays.
Each Friday is dedicated to one of the senses.
The schedule is:
May 03: Sight
May 10: Sound
May 17: Smell
May 24: Taste
May 31: Touch
There are no rules. You can take part for one week or all five. You can write about not having that week’s sense or only having it. So...here goes!
Flash Fortnightly #14 is Desire for Belonging. A story about finding out who you are and whether you belong, or not. Click here for the link.
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Flash Fiction is short enough to read whilst you're waiting for the kettle to boil. It's fairly quick to write too, but with it being so short, every word has to count.
On 4th May 2012 I decided to embark on a project: to write a piece of Flash Fiction every day. I'm hoping this will keep the creative juices flowing and ultimately help me hone my craft. Every Friday I'll be posting 'the best of the week' onto my blog for you to read. If you have anything to say (good or 'constructive'!), I'm open to comments.
Thanks, as always, for reading.