Five Sentence Fiction — Festival

Monday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Festival.

Here’s my offering:

Jake blushed as he nodded hello to Mrs. Bathwaite just outside the local pharmacy, convinced his shirt was jumping the way his heart hammered against his rib cage. He had decided that he’d pick up a few extra items—things he could use anyway that Lexy would probably be glad he bought like nail clippers, deodorant and mouthwash—with the intent to help disguise the real reason for his little errand. He had trouble locating them at first—and he sure as hell wasn’t about to ask—but he finally zeroed in on the right rack opting for the three pack of Festivals, which brightly proclaimed things like: “ribbed for her enhanced enjoyment,” “a party in a foil packet,” and “always act responsibly and consensually.”

He took all of his items to the self-checkout aisle hoping to get out of there unobserved but the thick-waisted, gray-haired cashier with overly bright lipstick motioned to him with the wave of a flabby arm saying, “I’ll take you over here, sweetheart, them self-checkout scanners ain’t workin’ today.” Jake tried to muster all the nonchalance the 17-year-old was capable of and thought he was actually doing pretty well until she picked up the microphone and broadcast to the entire store, “Hey, Jasper, I need a price check on some ribbed condoms—the Festival three pack…you know, them ‘party in a packet’ ones?”

Got five sentences? Share them!

If you enjoy flash fiction challenges stop by each week to participate in my writing challenge offered every Tuesday. Take your pick from two, yes that’s right, two different prompts that I will be providing right here weekly.


7 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction — Festival

  1. Yay. I loved it. Who hasn’t felt that way buying condoms, whether 17 or 27 or even 57.
    Great well-written, descriptive story. Randy

  2. Glad you liked it. You’r right. It must be an awkward purchase at any age but I must confess, it’s been eons…

  3. Oh my gosh. Poor kid…but responsible! Great take on the prompt!

  4. BAHAHAHA! Great use of the prompt, Andy.

  5. Poor Jake. Loved these five sentences.

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