Snapshot Stories

Open the first photo album you can find — real or virtual, your call — and stop at the first picture of yourself you see there. Tell us the story of that photo.

 The Real Me!

Standing erect, Arnold smiled. Yes, the diet was working. He sucked in his gut just a little. The abs were beginning to show. Nothing better than a good sweatin’ after sit-ups. (Even though his limit right now was five at a time.) They were really making a difference. There was not a blemish to be seen. (Ears looked a little lopsided- they had been ever since fifth grade.)

This was getting to be a body one would kill to have!

Granola bars for breakfast. Caesar salads and vinaigrette dressings for lunch. Luscious fruit smoothies for supper, Raisons and health-food, trail mixes for snacks. It was all paying off.  Soon the body in the mirror would be a showcase classic.

Walking back home from the gym, Arnold attached his water bottle to his belt loop. He never traveled anywhere with it. After losing three-and-a-half pounds, Arnold thought it should be time for a reward. His workout coach was big on meeting goals and rewards. A quick stop for supper after his workout would be just the thing.

Walking into Ben’s Chili Bowl he was instantly greeted by Ellen. “Hey, Arnold. Lookin’ good.”

“Thanks,” Arnold beamed.

“What-al-ya-have? Same as usual?”

“Naa. I’m cuttin’ back. Make it only half.”

“OK,” Ellen responded. “Hey, Jimmy. Four dogs with everything and a double fry.”

“Think I’ll have a raspberry shake with that,” whispered Arnold. “I’m celebrating.”

Written for Three Word Wednesdays: Week 431: Requirements: Create a story using the three provided words as your prompt.

Blemish, noun: imperfection, flaw, defect, fault, deformity, discoloration, disfigurement; bruise, scar, pit, pock, pimple, blackhead, wart, scratch, cut, gash; mark, streak, spot, smear, speck, blotch, smudge, smut; birthmark, mole; defect, fault, failing, flaw, imperfection, foible, vice; shortcoming, weakness, deficiency, limitation; taint, blot, stain, dishonor, disgrace; verb: mar, spoil, impair, disfigure, blight, deface, mark, scar; ruin; sully, tarnish, besmirch, blacken, blot, taint; spoil, mar, ruin, disgrace, damage, degrade, dishonor.

Erect, adjective: upright, straight, vertical, perpendicular; standing; engorged, enlarged, swollen, tumescent; hard, stiff, rigid; bristling, standing on end, upright; verb: build, construct, put up; assemble, put together, fabricate.

Lopsided, adjective: crooked, askew, awry, off-center, uneven, out of line, asymmetrical, tilted, at an angle, aslant, slanting; off-balance, off-kilter.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Snapshot Stories.”


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