Flash Fiction Friday: Family Sized
by Justin Grimbol
Gwen saw two beached whales and became so excited she started jumping up and down.
“Mom? Dad?” she called out to them.
The whales looked at her.
“You’ve come back for me!” she yelled.
She ran up to them.
She tried to hug them but they were too big. Her human arms couldn’t reach around that big fat whale bodies.
“I always knew you would come back,” she kept saying.
She told them about her life. It was a long story. There were lots of boring parts.
“I’m just so glad you are here,” she said.
She tried to hug them again. They were still too big. Her arms were still too human.
It was a hot day. Her parents looked thirsty.
“Don’t worry,” she said. “I’ll get you some water.”
She walked back to the parking lot and got in her Saab and headed toward Easthampton.
“WHERE THE FUCK CAN I BUY WATER?” she screamed.
The movie theatre had just opened. They sold lots of stuff there. They had hot dogs and soda and popcorn and all sorts of candy. She decided to get them Diet Pepsi. Diet Pepsi was healthier and her parents were fat. Way too fat.
But, in order to get inside she had to buy a movie ticket.
She bought a ticket to Rocky XXII.
At first she had no actually interest in watching the movie. She just wanted access to buy some diet soda for her parents. But the idea of buying a movie ticket and not seeing the movie felt wasteful to her. So she watched the movie.
It was really good. Rocky had a bunch of grandkids and he yelled at them a lot. He told them about discipline and perseverance, and, for some reason, watching this made Gwen really emotional. She cried a little.
Then she thought about her parents and how much she missed them, and she cried some more.
After the movie she bought as much diet soda as she could carry.
She put the sodas in the trunk of her car and started driving toward the beach.
The beach felt really far away.
And driving was just so hard sometimes.
By the time she finally got there it was night.
She gathered up all the sodas from her trunk and headed to the beach.
“MOM! DAD! I BOUGHT YOU DIET SODA!” she yelled.
The two whales smelled strange and didn’t breathe much.
She poured the sodas on them.
“Isn’t it so good,” she said.
It had been a long day.
After feeding her parents all that soda, Gwen decided to take a nap, using one of their fins as a blanket.
When she woke up she noticed that they weren’t breathing at all.
And they smelled really bad.
“Mom? Dad? Please wake up?”
She ran at them. She hurled her body on theirs.
She begged them to wake up.
And she cried.
She hit them and clawed at them and begged them to come back to life. But they didn’t listen.
The sun was rising.
The waves were loud and comforting in all the wrong ways.
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