Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Elaine Pascale @DocLaney @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

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Self-Care 
by Elaine Pascale 

“Can you make cookies for the troop meeting tomorrow?” Katheryn had called after dinner putting Miranda on the spot. Miranda knew she couldn’t say no to a troop mother: she would be blackballed. Her life was one of constantly trying to stay on the good side of the “Mommy Community.”

Miranda looked at her hands. The last two fingers of her left hand were missing, and her palm ached. “Uh, that’s fourteen girls, right? And a few for the parents?”

“I was thinking of bagging them for the girls to each take some home.” Katheryn’s voice was as sweet as the cookies she was soliciting. “With a holiday note from you of course. So more like seven dozen.”

Miranda hung up, facing another sleepless night. This holiday season alone, she had baked for the church bazaar, for carolers, and for the school orchestra concert. She had supplied treats for Saturday morning football and for the skating rink. Each time, she had lost a piece of herself: toes, fingers, an ear.

When she slid the first pan of cookies into the oven, Miranda’s nose fell off onto the already heated bake element. The scent of burning flesh mingled with the sugary smell of the confections, but Miranda was oblivious as it was her nose that was cooking.

Her lips came loose with the next batch, but she baked until she had no appendages remaining to roll out cookie dough.

When she failed to show up to the troop meeting the following day, Katheryn came to Miranda’s house.

“I thought we had agreed on seven dozen,” Katheryn remarked, as she daintily stepped over the piles of flesh on the floor. She paused and bent close the pulp that still resembled a face. “We will make note of this failure,” she whispered.

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Fiction © Copyright Elaine Pascale
Image courtesy of Pixaby.com

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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Elaine Pascale @DocLaney @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Marge Simon says:

    That does it! I am not baking any Christmas cookies this year!

  2. afstewart says:

    So creepy.

  3. Whoah! So creepy in itself and even creepier as a metaphor for someone losing their identity in order to fit in – thought-provoking.

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