Key no. 081

Free Write

Allow the prompt to sink in and inspire you. Shoot for 200-250+ words. Stretch your imagination and aim for FICTION. Don’t forget to hold yourself accountable and drop it in the comments, then move along with your life.


  1. And no one could ever know anything better than she, and what she knew was that after an arduous day of eating competitions, the only cure for the next-day sweats was a heavy-handed vodka tonic—hold the tonic—with an assortment of cheese. As odd as this may sound, it became the only cure after falling into such great depression that the only digestible items of food in her house were a bottle of very old, hot vodka and a plastic sheath of orange, soft cheese individually wrapped in thin plastic sheaths.


  2. Unlike the way Gucci bags “sustained” her sister Greta (ugh, btw), vodka tonics actually did sustain her. And it wasn’t by happenstance, either; “concerted effort” probably fits the bill best, although that admittedly only became clear later on, when a list of “approved V/C holes” was discovered in the unattended, darkest crimson variety from her collection of red Gucci bags. That’s not VC for Venture Capitalist- that would be V/C for Vodka / Cheese. When she did realize what she was doing to herself (with the vodka, that is, never the bags) the cheese aspect of the whole unbreakable vow she made about her diet was really just a way of proving to all the irritating gossip flies that she actually fed herself real food and didn’t need intervention. At least, that’s what it was at first. Then she discovered how vast and delicious indeed the horizons of cheese spanned, and no small amount of energy went in to the procurement and consumption of increasingly rarer and more expensive cheeses. It became a bit of a problem, actually. Nevertheless, the diet “worked”. She’s still on it today, twenty-two years later.


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