Double Dose: Elixir / Leaky Faucet

This post was inspired by the following Friday Fictioneers photo prompt by Madison Woods:

I’m going to do something a bit different today. I actually wrote two stories for this prompt. I was going to pick between the two and post my favorite here, but I couldn’t decide so I’m just going to post both. Feel free to comment on either or both. Enjoy!


“One drop will change your life!” the street vendor proclaimed.

“Leave me alone.”

“Tell you what, I’ll give you a sample. Won’t cost a dime!”

“Somehow I doubt that.”

The vendor’s eyes shifted nervously. He leaned in and whispered, “Please, just take the sample. They’ll kill me if you don’t! Whatever you do, don’t drink it. Just take it and trash it.”


The small vial sat on the table calling his name. He stared at the bottle wondering what was inside. The only legible word on the label was ‘elixir’. Everything else was in Chinese.

“One sip couldn’t hurt, right?”


Leaky Faucet

Drip. Drip. Drip.

He stared at her with a mixture of fear and pain swirling in his eyes. She looked down at the red pool growing on the floor. Each drop made it just a little larger.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

“I can’t believe you just hit me!”

She smiled. She didn’t intend on punching him, but he’d provoked her with his aggressive attitude. She only wanted to shut him up, not make him bleed.

“I think you broke my goddamn nose!”

Drip. Drip. Drip.

She shrugged and chuckled at how quickly he’d turned from tough guy to whining little baby.

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