The Fight

Tooth illustration

“This red wine compound could help tooth decay and gum disease fight,” said Saskia as she held a vial up to the light and inspected its contents.

“Impressive,” said Kayla. “How does it work?”

“Basically, we just need water pistols, or something like. We send in some armed troops, position them on the tongue, and blast the area. All that nasty bacteria is done for.”

“Nice. So, when is it ready to use?”

“Whenever, really. But right now, they’re too busy with the fight against heart disease. They’re testing cheese bullets in the arteries as we speak.”

This microfiction tale was inspired by prompt no. 130 from “Construct a poem or story using a news headline for your first line.”

I know, it’s real dumb. But hey, there’s some intense stuff going on in the world right now and it wouldn’t feel right turning serious headlines into entertainment. The world is a horrifying place… sometimes we need dumb stuff, right?

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Author: Ellie Scott

Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

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