It wasn’t that they didn’t miss their stepdad. He was fun, taking all four children to the zoo, the pool, or out for ice-cream right before he brought them home for dinner on Sunday nights. When they made a mess of his house, his maid picked it all up.
And he always had Smith Bros cherry cough drops in his pocket.
Then he lost his job, his maid, and his coterie of girlfriends. Eloise and Andrew had to pick up his slack.
The Twins were bereft. “Weezy, where’s Daddy?”
She’d shrug, and hand them a cherry cough drop, instead.
© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)
Carrot Ranch Prompt (07/22/2022): In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story sweet as cherries. It can be about the fruit or something cherries represent. Why is it sweet? Can you use contrast to draw out the beauty? Go where the prompt leads!