The Perfect Thing

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“I would give just about anything for a cheeseburger right now,” I said, thinking of that perfect state of meltiness achieved by marrying hot, juicy beef to cool, creamy cheese. I drove on, debating whether pulling into the drive-thru was wise.

After a moment, a small voice chirped from the back seat of the car. “Would you give me?”

Shocked, a slight gasp escaped my lips. “Of course not!”

“What about Dad? Would you trade Dad for a cheeseburger?”

“Nope, not Dad either. But I might think about it for a minute,” I laughed, “because cheeseburgers are mighty delicious.”


This post was inspired by the May 11 Flash Fiction Challenge at Carrot Ranch Communications.

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about trading. It can be the profession of old or of modern day traders on Wall Street. It can be trading places or lunches at school. What is traded? Is it a fair deal or a dupe? Trade away and go where the prompt leads you.

Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

18 thoughts on “The Perfect Thing

  1. Lisa, Mmm, that cheeseburger looks SO good! :p You’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by little ole me. Stop by my site to check it out, HERE for details! This is meant to be fun, so if you wish to not accept then you won’t hurt my feelings. Have a funtastic day!

    1. Doesn’t it? My daughter helped pick the photo. Not sure what the mystery blogger award is, but I’ll check it out. Thanks so much for that and for visiting here!

  2. OMG I am on a healthy eating journey right now but man, that looks so good! I found you through Cathy Kennedy’s Mystery Blogger Award post. Cute story!

  3. I shouldn’t have read this at 2 am…I want a cheeseburger! Funny how children put our words into perspective. I like that Dad might not be entirely safe from a future trade.

  4. The little one’s voice melted my heart. i would share a bite of the delicious cheese burger with her/him.

  5. This reminds me of when children ask “Where did (the new neighbor kid) Johnny come from”… and with just a little bit of prodding the parent can find out that they are just asking what state or the last location it was that little Johnny and his folks lived in 🙂

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