Greg at Almost Iowa offered up a challenge on his post the other day…pick an object, and write an essay or a bit of flash fiction about it.
Greg…ya had me at Flash Fiction 😀
Sooooo…live and in living color, straight from my work desk to your screen…I present you with:
The Smurf and the Wookie…
…A love story
A story by Peyton
A very long time ago, in an office far, far away, a little girl sat, eating her happy meal, trying very hard not to look at the toy. It was brown and horrible-looking, and, worst of all…it was the toy given to the boys at McDonalds, not the girls.
But Mommy had promised to fix it after work, IF she was good…so she ruthlessly shoved a few more french fries into her mouth, and tried very hard not to look at the boring plastic shape.
“Maybe,” she thought, chewing through her last bite of hamburger, “the nice lady by the front phones will talk to me?” So, looking carefully around the cubicle wall for Mommy, she darted across the hall and up to the front desk, boring brown plastic shape still clutched firmly in a fistful of ketchup-stained fries.
Today, the nice lady was in Daddy’s office with Mommy, talking about boring things.
On the nice lady’s desk, perched proudly next to the plastic cup of paper-clips, a little form in blue and white.
“Well…that Smurf is a LOT prettier than this old brown thing…”
So, up on the nice lady’s chair she went…
The Smurf and the Wookie had a glorious time that Wednesday afternoon at Mommy’s office – they danced on the nice lady’s desk, they played hide & seek in the file cabinet, they squished the french fries because they were really, REALLY big worms. AND…the best part was when the smurf tied the Wookie in a big chain of paper clips.
After all that – the little girl decided the Wookie couldn’t go home with her and leave his best play-friend behind… (and, besides, Mommy said she’d fix it, so she was getting a new toy!) With the logic of youth, the Wookie had to stay, happy and proud to be on the nice lady’s desk with his buddy the Smurf.
And the nice lady said she could play with the both of them anytime she had to come with Mommy to the office.
To this day, the Smurf and the Wookie hang out on my desk, smelling slightly of that epic, long ago french fry/gigantic worm ketchup-smothered battle.
They’re still best buddies.