Finish That Thought #23 (Judge's Comments)
Prompt: This, to me, represents love.
Special Challenge: Include a phobia of an object. Concepts, emotions don't count
“This, to me, represents love,” Lawrence said with a hurt tone. He set
down his rifle in defeat and implored me with teary blue eyes that
usually got what they wanted. But not this time! My foot was down and I
had no intention of budging it.
I swear, I don’t know what had
gotten into the man. Two years of perfectly ordinary marriage, and then
he became a health nut. First he had wanted me to grow a garden “for
the benefit of our health.” I readily complied. Even I was tired of
the wilted greens available in the local grocery. Then came making
bread and pasta from scratch because “we have no idea what effect those
preservatives have on our bodies.” That one had taken a little more
persuading, but a couple research papers eventually did the trick. Just
last month he started hunting for our meat, and today, he was asking
“Well it doesn’t represent love to me!” I
exclaimed, careful to keep my eyes averted from the hulking carcass
draped across the front porch. “I will NOT help you dress that…that…
His lower lip protruded in a heart-melting pout, "But-"
buts!” I cut in quickly, steeling myself against his experienced
offense. I couldn’t even stuff a turkey without passing out, let alone
deal with all that gristly tissue and fur. It was terrifying! I felt
my face blanch and little black dots crowded my vision.
thought of…” I reached out a hand to steady myself against the kitchen
counter as the black dots grew bigger and the ocean crashed against my
ear drums. I waited until the feeling passed and tried again.
the thought of…” Nope, I was going to faint. Heat rushed over my body
as I broke into a cold sweat and my stomach tied itself up in knots.
last thing I remember was Lawrence’s look of alarm as he reached out to
try to catch me, gun clattering to the floor roughly the same time I
One good thing did come out of that concussion, though.
My meat now comes to me pre-cleaned, pre-cut, and pre-packaged in brown