I wanted to respond to Sarah’s blog CAKE, with it’s challenge to write a short story using some prompts over the course of a Wednesday.
From the prompts, a taste of salt, and a stiff drink. I tried to write a short story. I failed. So I wrote a conversation between two people lost on a walk. It is called: Not a drop to drink. Word Count: 375.
Person 1: Do you know the way?
Person 2: No.
P1: Oh, okay. I don’t either.
P2: We’ll just follow the water.
P1: The river?
P2: Yes. It’s salt water. It’ll take us towards the sea.
P1: It might be taking us away from the sea.
P1: Perhaps. Do you like walking?
P2: No. Imagine if you were a tree. That’s how I feel.
P1: What, rooted?
P2: No, just, swaying.
P1: I could use a stiff drink.
P2: The waterfalls are meant to be clean. Apart from the dead sheep, you need to avoid them.
P1: Right. Well, it’s not like I’m thirsty.
P1: No, just fancied a pint.
P2: There’s a pub at the end of this road.
P1: There’s a pub at the end of every road.
P2: So, we’ll be fine then?
P1: Yes, of course we will. Look for the signposts.
P2: I can’t see any.
P1: They’ll be coming up around that bend.
P2: That bend looks miles away.
P1: I’m thirsty now, actually.
P2: For a pint?
P1: No, just in general.
P2: Try the rain.
P1: It’s made of acid.
P2: That’s just naturist’s propaganda.
P1: No, it’s true. It’s worse than coke.
P2: Don’t be stupid. Nothing is worse than coke.
P1: I’d drink a can of coke right now, if I had one.
P2: It dissolves your teeth. Not immediately, but eventually.
P1: Whisky is a preservative. That’s why I drink it.
P2: Are you pickling yourself?
P1: Only my essential organs. Red wine for the heart, whisky for the rest.
P2: There’s a signpost. Oh no, it’s just a tree.
P1: Another tree.
P2: Yes. I think we must be nearly there though. I hope. It’s getting darker. I’d love a cup of tea. I always have a cup of tea around this time. Strong, with lots of sugar. If you heat the milk up then add it it goes slightly treacly. Nice.
P1: Cup of tea for you, pint for me. Don’t ask for much.
P2: Shall we turn back?
P1: No, we should keep going.
P2: Yes, okay. At least to the bend. And then we’ll see.
P1: Yeah, there’ll be a pub around the bend.