Friday, February 10, 2012

250=1, Story Three (And also the Blogfest Entry)

Day 3 of the I'm Hearing Voices blogfest is a happy coincidence for me: We're to write a 250 word story about an emotion, and this year I have been doing just that: Writing stories of exactly 250 words, including the title.

So the Love? story today is actually not about love at all but about a very specific kind of emotion:




What Happens When The Symbolism Of McDonald’s Cheeseburgers Is Questioned?

AJ is afraid all the time but not in an overtly-crippling way. AJ fears he is too happy about some things, and not happy enough about others.

He confides this one day to Tiana.

Tiana serves (in her mind) as a de facto therapist but stands (in AJ’s mind) as a potential love interest in the story that would be his life if AJ ever gets around to writing that autobiography.

An autobiography of nothing, Tiana thinks, taking AJ’s coupon from him. AJ has a coupon every day.

“Why do you come here every day?” Tiana asks AJ.

“Would you like to go out sometime?” AJ responds.

“This isn’t even good food,” Tiana whispers back to him.

“It’s the best food,” AJ says, “In that it’s unique. Anyone can make a burger. Nobody can make a McDonald’s Cheeseburger except McDonald’s.”

“Why do you want to go out with me?” Tiana asks.

“I think it would make me just the right amount of happy,” AJ responds. “And I’ve asked you out now 14 times. So you should say yes.”

“You like unique stuff, huh?” Tiana asks him.

“Yes.”

“I’m a twin, you know.”

AJ has to think about that.

“And,” Tiana says, “Every McDonald’s cheeseburger is like every other McDonald’s cheeseburger.”

AJ looks down at his tray.

“So nothing,” Tiana says, “Is less unique than a McDonald’s cheeseburger.”

AJ does not know where to fit this new idea into his life.

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9 comments:

Grumpy Bulldog, Media Mogul said...

Everyone else could make a McDonald's cheeseburger, they just don't want to lower their standards that much.

Justine Dell said...

Clever. Wildly clever.

~JD

Kyra Lennon said...

Lol, excellent! And speaking of unique - this piece of flash fiction definitely is!

Emily R. King said...

Bawahaha! Who would have thought a McDonald's hamburger could inspire this.

Cassie Mae said...

Is it wrong that I'm suddenly hungry?

And this was pretty ingenious I must say!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I don't like eating at McDonalds but I can tell that you are a fast food/Twinkies eating specialist secretly hocking advertisements for them in the form of blog posts.

It is clever though...I'll give you that.

/wink

Angela Cothran said...

"I'm a twin" this actually made me burst out laughing! So funny. I'm with Justine, this is clever :) Well done.

Ashley Nixon said...

LOL! This story is definitely unique! I love the premise! And I relate to Tiana--I'm a twin, too!

Andrew Leon said...

I liked this one a lot. Really a lot. "I'm a twin" was fantastic.