The Apple

Doug stared at the cursor which marked the end of a lengthy piece. A smashing piece, really; one for which he might garner literary praise.

-If not for a little thing called conscience. Doug’s finger poised over the ‘Submit’ option, pulled back.

It’s not a factual article. Don’t publish it.

His conscience sounded deeper than Jiminy Cricket but was no less annoying. He was a grown man, working for The Apple, for the love of -! Well! He, Doug, was not to be bullied by a fantastical creature.

He clicked the button, releasing his minor poison to the unsuspecting masses.

Written, factually, for Charli’s prompt at Carrot Ranch.

August 8, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a poisoned apple. Let’s explore dark myth. Deconstruct the original or invent something new. Negotiate the shadows, shed light, but go where the prompt leads you!

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10 thoughts on “The Apple

  1. masercot August 12, 2019 / 4:51 am

    I’m glad he won out over his evil conscience…

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  2. Norah August 12, 2019 / 5:22 am

    Very clever, Chelsea. I think there’s too much poison in fake news. We need a kindness antidote.

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  3. Charli Mills August 14, 2019 / 12:16 am

    It’s hopeful to think such wrestle with conscience, but in the end, they all smash crickets. Good one, Chelsea!

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