Samantha hadn’t slept well for the past four or five nights and was experiencing yet another mid-afternoon slump. She reached for the pot of coffee from that morning and poured what remained into her cup.
Samantha opened the microwave door to heat up the coffee, but before she could put her cup inside, she dropped it on the floor, and let out a scream. She reached inside the oven and pulled out a white, porcelain mug that was partially encrusted in a dark red substance.
She picked up the pieces of her broken cup and mopped up the spilled coffee. Then Samantha called out to her six-year-old daughter, who was in the family room. “Alicia, get in here this instant.”
Samantha held up the mug and asked, “What is this?”
“That’s my sparement,” Alicia said.
“My science sparement,” Alicia answered. “I wanted to see what would happen if I put my crayons in the microwave. See? It worked!”
Written for this week’s FFfAW (Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers) challenge. Photo credit: artycaptures.wordpress.com