Sugared Aloe Tips – Fiction

Time again for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers.  So grateful to PJ for hosting this weekly challenge.   This week’s photo prompt is provided by loniangraphics

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Here is the photograph and my story:

Sugared Aloe Tips

The first time the doctor took my cast off, I cried. Whose dead and shedding leg skin was that staring back and mocking me?

“OMG!” I wailed. “My skin is forever changed!”

“Oh don’t worry about that part,”  said some gum chomping medical assistant.  Her hair was a popular shade of purple.   She wore a nose ring and had several layers of earrings on each ear.

“But my skin!” I protested.  My skin!  The softest part of me you’d always claimed.

“Don’t worry about that now honey. Skin’ll grow back softer and stronger when you rub a little aloe and sugar on it now and then.”

But I did worry.  Like any other woman would worry.  I’d spent a lifetime taking care of my skin.  Making it that soft barrier between leather and silk.


32 thoughts on “Sugared Aloe Tips – Fiction

  1. I love the humour in your tale, Ellespeth. It certainly made me smile. If skin that’s been hidden under a cast looks like frosted/snow-bedecked pine needles, I can only hope I never break anything! The description of the medical student is excellent and so funny.
    From comments above, I can see your story is based on personal experience, so I hope you’re making a good recovery. Hope the aloe and sugar mix is working well. 🙂


    • 🙂 Russell. My physical therapist colored her hair purple a couple of weeks ago. I assured her she would be in one of my stories. When I saw her earlier this week, I told her she’d appeared in one of my flash fiction pieces with a nose ring and lots of earrings. “But I don’t have a nose ring or earrings,” she protested. “No,” I said…”but your hair is purple :)”

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  2. Great story.. Changes in our appearance is always a concern and we are constantly looking for ways to improve it and sometimes it just takes time. It’s hard to be patient though.


  3. A descriptive story that many will relate to. Human skin is resilient if given half a chance. Gentle massage is my tip,


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