The kids sit stiffly around the table, staring at the jar. Pretty thing, it is; embossed with stars. Mum’s reward system.
Behave like a little star,
Pick a Post-it out the jar!
Each Post-it would list a special treat – ice cream, dance party, movie night…
Now the treats are in the bin.
The jar holds three new Post-its, each bearing a child’s name. Another is laid out beside it.
“No. Your name came up.”
“I can’t do it.”
Snarls and growls drift through the closed door.
“She’s not Mum anymore. All you’re doing is killing a monster.”
Story inspired the below photo prompt provided by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields‘ Friday Fictioneers.
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