A few months ago, the group had a good time writing to the prompt of “Stolen Kisses.” This short fiction piece from Lori Hudson made everyone smile.
“Get out of my office!” I screeched at Betty Westhouse, who jumped, tossed a message on my desk and scurried toward the door.
She cast me a wary glance as she edged by, and I glared at her. Did she have something in her hands? No, she was clean.
I went to my desk and surveyed by belongings. Everything in place.
Then a noise made me turn and look behind me. There was Joe Benny, a terrified look on his thin face.
“What are you doing?” I bellowed.
“Um – emptying the trash?” answered Joe, holding up a black plastic bag.
“Hiding while you do it?” I snapped.
“Well, no,” he stammered. “I was in the…” He gestured over his shoulder at the broom closet.
I gritted my teeth.
“Everybody out! Out, out, out! This is not a public gathering place!”
Joe dropped the bag and ran.
Quiet at least. And alone at last? I looked around. Yes – alone. I sighed and sat down, gazing at the little china chest by the blotter.
Then I slid it toward me, my hands trembling. Reverently, I took off the lid, reached inside, and pulled out a beautiful, beautiful Hershey’s kiss. I unwrapped it and set the chocolate on my tongue – so sweet, so smooth.
What if they had been stolen? It was a prospect too terrifying to contemplate.
©2014 Lori Hudson
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