Mary and Bob

I’m taking an online course in creative writing and our first assignment was to write a story using a phrase (from a list) as your first line and include a twist at the end. We had to keep our story to 300 words or less. I choose the phrase “Mary was “fed up” with Bob and…”.


Mary and Bob

Mary was “fed up” with Bob and wasn’t sure how much longer she could keep this up.

“Here, just eat it!” she said holding the spoon out in frustration. Bob slapped it away in an attempt to grab her hand.

“Oh that’s just great! Do you have any idea what I have to go through to even find food nowadays? And you’re just throwing it on the ground?”

She stepped back and looked at her younger brother. Her face softened and she sighed in weariness.

“No, of course you don’t know. How could you? Here, try again hon.”

She scooped up some more of the sludge onto the spoon and offered it to him. He looked slowly from the spoon to her face and back.

“Yeah, that’s it, that’s a good boy. Here comes the airplane…”

Bob lunged at her and slapped her hand again knocking the spoon and its precious cargo to the ground.

“OK that is IT! I am NOT doing this anymore if you’re not going to behave.”

She bent down, retrieved the spoon from the ground and started to gather her things. The bowl of only partly eaten mush went back into a Ziploc bag for later, and the spoon and bag got tossed into her backpack. She turned to leave and Bob let out a small moan.

“Oh don’t do that,” she said over her shoulder. “You know I can’t stay. You know what they’ll do if they find me here. I’ll be back as soon as I can.”

With that she walked away and into the safety of the compound, leaving her brother to wander around on the other side of the fence with the other zombies.


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