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Self-entitled: A 99-word Story

By Goaname (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Goaname (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Whenever Kaitlin volunteered at the local poverty relief charity, she had to tolerate Bernelle, the full-time secretary, who barked commands and wore heavy perfume, as if to mask the smelliness of everyone around her.

Once, after Kaitlin had finished assembling nutrition baskets, she saw Bernelle open a basket, take out a package of almonds, and slip it in her pocket.

When Bernelle began loudly crunching the almonds later, Kaitlin couldn’t stand it anymore.

“Aren’t those for the baskets?” she asked.

“I’ve worked here for twenty years,” Bernelle replied, rolling her eyes. “I think I’ve at least earned some almonds.”


For Carrot Ranch’s weekly 99-word fiction challenge: this week, to write a story about theft.


6 comments on “Self-entitled: A 99-word Story

  1. Charli Mills
    October 9, 2015

    This demonstrates how service to others gets mixed up with service to self. Great take on the prompt!


  2. Norah
    October 10, 2015

    Well done Sarrah. These feelings of entitlement, of being owed for service. It’s fairly common I think.


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      October 12, 2015

      Thank you. Yes, I was trying to think about different motives for stealing, as Charli instructed. Some of the reasons I thought of were desperation (whether from poverty, drug addiction, or some other reason), kleptomania, and, especially for petty thefts like the one in my story, misguided self-entitlement.

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      • Norah
        October 13, 2015

        There were a lot of different possibilities. You did well. 🙂

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