FFfAW — Scientific Sparement


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.

“Your what?”

“My science sparement,” Alicia answered. “I wanted to see what would happen if I put my crayons in the microwave. See? It worked!”

(163 words)

Written for this week’s FFfAW (Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers) challenge. Photo credit: artycaptures.wordpress.com

30 thoughts on “FFfAW — Scientific Sparement

  1. marja August 14, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Ah a young one with a scientific mind. Good story


    • Fandango August 14, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      Thanks. She probably should have checked with Mom first, though, right?


  2. Moon August 15, 2017 / 1:55 am

    Lovely story and what a great ‘little’ word sparenent!🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. James August 15, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Fun fact: When I was about nine years old, I decided to apply my knowledge of how to use a magnifying lens to focus sunlight and heat things up on a bunch of crayons. Unfortunately, the crayons were on my bed sheets, and when they melted, they stuck and wouldn’t unstick. My Dad was home at the time and I asked if I could wash my sheets. Sensing deception, he decided to investigate and I was busted.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango August 15, 2017 / 6:54 am

      All you were guilty of was having an inquiring mind…and poor judgment. 😃

      Liked by 1 person

      • James August 15, 2017 / 7:22 am

        It wasn’t the only “science speriment” I tried. 😉

        Liked by 2 people

        • Varad August 15, 2017 / 9:05 am

          It was magnifying glass and spiders in a petri dish for me, James. You were not alone 😀


          • Marleen September 4, 2018 / 9:51 am

            I would just say yes, that the son could wash his sheets. But I’m not a dad.

            Liked by 1 person

  4. Priceless Joy August 15, 2017 / 6:46 am

    Hahahaha! Cute story! She has a daughter that is destined to be a scientist! LOL!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Varad August 15, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Haha! Alicia is so cute 🙂 Hope mommy saw it that way too. Good one, ‘Dango.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. michael1148humphris August 15, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Lovely story,

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 15, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Maybe that will be her next “science sparement.”


    • Marleen September 4, 2018 / 9:49 am

      … science — or art! 👍

      Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango August 18, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Yes, kids love to “sparement,” don’t they? Thanks for reading.


    • Fandango August 21, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Thanks. Kids love to “experiment.”


  7. gc September 2, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Bravo. A vert colorful tale.

    My own “sparement” happened a few month ago when I placed a large mug of milk in the micro wave for what I thought was a “two” minute interlude.

    I went into the living room to watch television and after a few minutes I noticed that the oven did not beep.

    I went back into the kitchen and noticed that I had put the heating cycle for 10 minutes not two and the power level was a 10.

    I pressed the cancel button, opened the oven door and looked inside.

    For a few moments the milk inside the large glass mug rose out of the glass, hung suspended in the air and then crashed and splashed on the oven interior. Had I created an anti gravity material?

    Luckily nothing was damaged and I learned a valuable lesson.

    Don’t cry over spilled milk until you have cleaned up its mess.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 2, 2017 / 8:51 am

      And that is a good lesson to learn! 😄


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.