Flash in the Pan

Crystal held her arms out like a mummy as she teetered back and forth across the kitchen.

“Oh, no, Crystal! Did you forget your sunscreen? You are fried!” Her mother rushed to the medicine cabinet for a bottle of aloe gel.

Christopher ran through the kitchen with his best friend, but paused long enough to stab his sister in the ribs with a bony index finger. Crystal shrieked in agony. His friend stood, mouth agape, as Christopher grabbed him by the collar and dragged him toward the door. He stopped and called back over his shoulder, “Nah, Mom. She’s just parboiled.”

Welcome to "Flash in the Pan"

Welcome to “Flash in the Pan”

This week’s word is parboiled. The word limit for March is 150 words. This flash tips the scales at a mere 101.

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  1. I like the parboiled mention at
    the end, how wicked is that 🙂 lol

    This is a great FTP Red 😉

    Andro xxxx

  2. Good one, Red!
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  3. How well I remember that feeling, I think it was 1974 or 75. Poor thing.

    Well done
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  4. I know how a lobster feels as I was not only parboiled but almost well-done a time or two. The hot and cold afterwards and so long before relief…and the peeled skin afterwards.

    Love the brother’s stab in the ribs and smart mouth statement–only a sibling can pull it off. I feel I was there in the kitchen with them.
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    • I have had it to the go to the hospital level before. No fun. At all. Aren’t little brothers grand?

  5. Brothers and sunburns do not mix.
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  6. hahaha I thought it was a flash for Crystal, I was thinking oh a bit tricky there using crysral as a name…but I was wrong 😉

    • LOL! When I was making this one, the names volunteered themselves. I had not even thought about crystal being another word in the list. 😉

  7. benzeknees

     /  May 29, 2013

    I got uber-sunburned when I was 18 & living in my first apartment. It was a cloudy day & I had just washed my very long hair. I was going out that evening somewhere special, so I put my hair in rollers, put on my bathing suit & spread a blanket on the front lawn of the apartment building. It was windy so my hope was my hair would dry quickly. Unfortunately, I fell asleep reading & woke up purple I was so badly burned. I didn’t even care my dad saw my virtually naked when he arrived to bring me some medicine. I never did get to go out that night!

    • I have given up on drying my hair. Especially when it is cool, it can take 36 hours to dry. PFT on that! Did your date at least come over and rub aloe on you? Ouch!

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