This was inspired by a flash fiction contest over at Confessions From Suite 500. We had to write a story in 100 words or less, including the following words:
And we got bonus points for using the phrase “A Devil’s Own”.
Here it is. As always, all constructive criticism welcomed and appreciated.
Salvation In The Bottle
“Aagh, darlin’, help me up. I’ve a devil’s own headache.”
“Which you deserve.”
“Have mercy on yer poor da. ‘Tis a sin to waste liquor.”
“It’s a sin to lie to me about laying your personal demons to rest and putting things right. If it’d been high tide, I’d have taken the boat and let you swim home, cancer or no.”
“I’m hellbent, an’ no mistake. But, darlin’, that was yer grandda’s last original bottle.”
“You’re not going to revive that hoary old fable again… what’s that?”
“Sometimes salvation’s in the bottle, darlin’. I love ye.”