Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Orange Container


“What do you think your grandma keeps in here?” Eddie asked, pointing at the orange container he and Sadie discovered in the back corner of her grandmother’s shed. 

Sadie began unscrewing the lid, “Only one way to find out.” She tried to turn the lid but it wouldn’t budge.

Eddie rolled up his sleeves, “Here, let me.”

“What do you guys think you’re doing?” Eddie and Sadie jumped at her grandmother’s voice.

“We’re just curious, grandma.” Sadie said as her grandmother marched to the corner and snatched the orange container.

“Can’t you read what’s on the container?” Her grandmother snapped, pointing to the symbol that resembled the mythical combination of a dragon and lion. Eddie and Sadie frowned, struggling to grasp the meaning of the symbol. “This means it’s dangerous. Do not open.”

“But grandma,” Sadie began to protest.

“No buts. Now, why don’t you kids come into the house and I’ll bake you some cookies.”

(~156 words)

I am participating in Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer, where we write a piece between 100 and 150 words (more or less 25 words) in length inspired by the photo prompt above. 

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