"Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe" ~ Neil Gaiman (A Game of You)


What's For Breakfast?

Sammy walked into the kitchen with slow, shuffling steps. He rubbed his sleepy eyes and opened the pantry door. Oh, good, Mom finally got some more Cap'n Crunch, his favorite cereal. He pulled the box out and brought it to the table. He fetched a bowl and spoon and grabbed the carton of milk from the fridge. He fumbled to open the top of the box of cereal, ripping the flimsy cardboard and ruining the slit meant to re-close the box. Oh, well, maybe he'll just have to eat the whole thing. Wouldn't want the stuff to get stale.

He poured the little golden nuggets into his bowl. A flash of red poured into the bowl, conspicuous among all that yellow. He set the box down and dug through the pieces of cereal. His fingers poked something soft and definitely not crunchy. Fishing it out, he peered at his find. "Hey!" he yelled. He threw the small chunk of flesh away from his body. It skid across the table. He jumped up, pushing himself further away from the table, knocking his chair over with a clatter. "Mom! Mom!" he screamed, running for the stairs.

Prompt:  While digging in a cereal box for the toy surprise, a child makes a grisly discovery.

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4 comments: said...

Oooo nasty! After reading all these stories I'm definely off cerial!

Anonymous said...

It's a great set up. The setting comes alive quite nicely.

Anonymous said...

Oh Shelli, now I know why I don't eat cereal. hahaha. That is definitely a grisly surprise. Way to stay true to the prompt. But, ew...just saying. :)

Walt said...

I love seeing things in a story that I can relate to. Even as an adult I always rip that stupid little slit meant to re-close the box. LOL

I like how the story developed quickly and left the item in the cereal open for interpretation. It leaves the reader wondering what it could have been without it feeling incomplete.

Good work