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The Egg by Chris Kelly

October 14, 2010

This week I am swapping blogs with indie author, Chris Kelly of Scathach Publishing. His new book Matilda Raleigh: Invictus is now available on Smashwords. You can also follow Chris on Twitter at @IndieChris and stay up to date with Scathach Publishing on Facebook. For more info on Chris, check out his interviews with Jess C Scott and M T Murphy.

I have the distinct pleasure of being in an online writing group with Chris. When he mentioned he was doing a blog tour in October, I invited him here as long as I could post the following flash fiction story.

And since this is a blog swap, you can find my story “Starting Over” on his blog today.
The Egg by Chris Kelly
(c) 2010 Chris Kelly All Rights Reserved

Sarah found the egg three days before Easter. It was under a blue jumper in the bottom of mummy’s wardrobe. She’d been hunting for eggs and here one was. A strange one; it wasn’t in a cardboard box or silvery paper-foil like the rest always were.

This egg had a blue ribbon around its widest point. The ribbon was tied in a bow. The egg had no other wrappings of any kind. It looked…well, there was only one word for it. Yummy.

She took it out of the wardrobe and held it. The chocolate was smooth, and warm, yet the egg was still hard. It hadn’t begun to melt.

She held it up in front of her face. Crinkling her nose, she sniffed it. The sweet chocolate aroma swept over her. Smiling, she touched the tip of her tongue to the egg. The taste was so good it made her belly rumble like thunder.

She licked the chocolate.

Her tongue left a shiny trail up one side. Oh well, she couldn’t put it back in mummy’s wardrobe now. Sarah crept downstairs to the kitchen and sat the egg on the counter. It rocked back and forward, then fell over and rolled away from her.

She grabbed a knife from the drawer. Pulling the egg closer towards her, she held it in one hand and bashed it with the knife. The egg was too hard to break. She dropped the knife and went to the cupboard for the big wooden rolling pin.

When she turned back she saw the egg rolling towards her. It fell from the counter to the wooden floor. She put the rolling pin on the counter, then lifted the egg up. It was cracked down one side, like lightning.

As she watched, more cracks began to appear. Some of the egg fell inside. Some fell out. It began to rock back and forth, and more egg fell from it. Something moved in the darkness within. A small brown nose poked out of the hole, and shrank back inside.

Sarah squeaked.

She didn’t mean to, but she couldn’t not.

The egg split right in two and there, blinking in the centre of the mess, was a tiny chocolate rabbit. It moved its head this way and that, sniffing the kitchen air.

There wasn’t much egg shell on the counter, and as she watched, the rabbit started eating the bits of egg around it. No, that chocolate was Sarah’s.

Sarah’s belly rumbled again. Rabbit or egg, what did it matter? She was hungry and the chocolate still looked yummy. Sarah lifted the rolling pin…

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2010 2:09 PM

    Intriguing…

  2. October 14, 2010 2:45 PM

    Watch out Easter Bunny! Sarah is my sister’s name…and she absolutely would have done the same thing. 😀 Great story

  3. October 14, 2010 6:10 PM

    Oh bunny I long for thy creamy delicious soul.

  4. October 14, 2010 6:18 PM

    I think I’ll go take a chocolate right away. That description of the scent of the chocolate was so provocative…

  5. October 14, 2010 9:59 PM

    OMG!! What a selfish brat!! Ha! If I were a chocolate lover I would have done the same thing. Addiction cancels out all reasoning. Great Job!

  6. October 14, 2010 10:16 PM

    Very nice of you to give Chris your place for #fridayflash. I can see why you enjoyed this tale…

  7. October 15, 2010 10:41 AM

    Ha! Great twist on the Easter Egg tradition, for sure. Loved the image of the chocolate bunny hatching from its shell.

  8. October 15, 2010 10:56 AM

    LOL, a great short piece. I’ll definitely have to look into more of Chris’ writing.

  9. October 15, 2010 12:15 PM

    I loved this piece the first time I read it. It’s very good and has a wonderful ending! Brilliant piece Chris! 🙂

  10. October 15, 2010 3:04 PM

    Just a delightful little tale, though I do hope that someone comes in to stop Sarah from eating that cute little chocolate bunny!

  11. October 15, 2010 4:22 PM

    That’s a great story…very funny and well written!

  12. October 15, 2010 7:54 PM

    Very cool story! Neat how the rabbit hatched from an egg. I’m guessing an offspring of the Easter Bunny that will now never be? Hopefully the Easter Bunny has more chocolate eggs that’ll hatch out more bunnies, or we’ll soon see the end of Easter as we know it.

  13. October 16, 2010 1:02 PM

    On the one hand, “nooo not the bunny!”… on the other hand, getting between a girl and her chocolate? That could be called bunny suicide… 🙂

  14. adampb permalink
    October 17, 2010 12:02 AM

    Very funny and a whole lot of chocolatey goodness. Awesome.
    Adam B @revhappiness

  15. October 17, 2010 3:38 AM

    Aww, the chocolate bunny’s so cute and, I suspect, so dead. Either that or it’s got one serious headache. Great story!

  16. October 17, 2010 5:15 AM

    The bunny is dooooomed! Very amusing.

  17. Michelle permalink
    October 17, 2010 8:55 AM

    LOL! I pictured the Nestle Quik bunny all wide-eyed.

  18. October 17, 2010 11:09 AM

    I had little bunny foo foo running through my head after reading this piece. Very funny.

  19. October 17, 2010 2:59 PM

    OMG. poor choc bunny! hehehe.

  20. October 17, 2010 3:22 PM

    Oh no! Don’t do it, Sarah! Lordy, what a horrific ending to such a cute wee tale. Thanks Danielle, for introducing us to Chris.

  21. October 18, 2010 6:51 PM

    I love the whimsy in this, and the wonderful imagery. Very nice.
    Welcome to #FridayFlash.
    ~jon

  22. October 19, 2010 4:15 AM

    Very cute story. Poor bunny!
    Welcome to #fridayflash.

  23. October 21, 2010 5:33 AM

    Oh no! Poor little chocolate bunny. That was cute, disturbing, but cute. 🙂

  24. October 21, 2010 10:41 AM

    Chris, thanks for stopping my blog this week. And thank you to everyone for the wonderful comments on Chris’ debut #fridayflash. 🙂

  25. October 26, 2010 5:39 PM

    Wow, hundreds of comments. That’s nice.

    @dani not a problem; thank you for stopping by my blog. It was nice to post a flash fiction; I haven’t done this before.

    @Laurita I am often disturbing and cute in RL too 🙂

    @Rebecca and @j.m. thank you for welcoming me to #fridayflash. I may have to look into posting more… this was fun.

    @Cathy @A.S. @Aidan @Michelle @Mazz @Sam @Adam thank you for the kind comments.

    @Kari I have 3 daughters. I know all about getting between a girl and chocolate… definitely suicide.

    @Eric well presumably the Easter bunny breeds like a… well, a bunny. Lol. I’m sure there are more egg-bunnies out there.

    @angela @marissa @patricia @gareth @amalia thank you for your lovely comments.

    @john we swapped; Dani’s flash was on my blog.

    @jason @gabriela @penny thank you for your compliments.

    @jax ha, I don’t think it’s just Sarah’s; any girl would have done the same.

    @earthgirl glad you thought so.

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