BOXES! … a drabble for Fri Flic

The light is blinking on an answering machine in a Chicago third floor walk up.

Click… ‘It’s me Ethel, call me!’

“What’s up now, Ethel?”

“Get over here right away, Cheryl!”

“Whoa, whoa, slow down, what’s the rush?”

“Boxes, Cheryl, boxes full of food.”

“Oh for crying out loud! I’ll be right over.”

It’s times like this that Cheryl wished they didn’t live so close. Ethel had recently gotten an iPhone and was going crazy ordering things on Amazon. ‘Boxes of food?’

“Thanks for coming, what am I going to do, they’ll spoil.”

“Better put your Blue Apron on, Ethel.”

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This week Rochelle Wiseoff-Fields chose a lovely photo belonging to Dale Rogerson for the Friday Fictioneers to find a story in. Dale can be found writing at A Dalectable Life.


Here they are… 

21 responses

  1. Oh dear… now THAT’S a friend!
    Cooking spree here we come!

  2. A Great Big Cook Off is about to happen – but who’s going to eat it all?

  3. Dear Ethyl and Cheryl,

    What time’s dinner. I’ll bring wine.



    (Good one, Mr. Strutz. 😉 Shalom, Rochelle)

  4. That’s the least Ethel can do for a generous friend- cook till she runs out of groceries .
    Great story ! 🙂

  5. I could picture the wonderful comedy duo, Lucy and Ethel, is this fun little scenario

  6. Those latest gadgets can be dangerous, like the first credit card. Fun stuff, Ted.

  7. I had visions of those scared people who buy 10 years of survival food at a tent revival. My friend’s mother actually did this and they had to rent a storage unit to store it because she refused to send it back.

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    I loved the first line, it set a stark scene and made me want to know more. I can envision this happening.

  9. Ha! Love this. I don’t dare order stuff online until I can learn to operate a cell phone without typos.😉

  10. Hahahaha love this story! Oh dear… dont let my grandparents work out the internet!

  11. Very neat. Great write.

  12. I hope she didn’t buy into one of those mail-order diet plans. Or, is this the stuff they serve on the international space station.

  13. Oh, dear, what a problem to have. Perhaps a donation to a local food pantry or soup kitchen would be in order. Love the story.

  14. I hope it’s cooked food, then she can have MY number 🙂

  15. I ready silently and it didn’t click, then I read aloud to my wife and it made sense, to me. 🙂 Hope this comment is helpful. I guess I am missing something comedic from American TV?

    1. Kelvin… The Blue Apron at the end of the story references the latest culinary craze in the USA. Blue Apron was the first, I think, and the best known. I did it for a few times. You sign up and each week they send you a box with all the ingredients to cook three different meals, recipes, spices, everything you need in a cold pack… all you have to do is cook it and eat. There are three or four different ones now. You aren’t missing anything from TV, but like granonine mentioned above, they are a bit like Lucy and Ethel from “I Love Lucy”, although I did not model the girls after them.

  16. Ethel…first she gets into the streaking phase (“The Streak”), and now she’s obsessively buying things on Amazon. What craze will she get into next? Well done with recalling a musical memory!

    1. I don’t remember “The Streak”, Miles. Did I write that?

  17. Thank you for explaining so clearly, ted and sorry for not getting first time round. It had been a long day and I was cramming in all 95 stories on this prompt. And not giving yours the time it deserves. 🙂

  18. Ethel and Cheryl, it’s always a delight to read about them. I hope they invite a few friends over. I love the humour in this.

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