1. Cookie Rescue
Mommy, I don’t like this (prompt from WritersDigest May/June 2015)
“Mommy, I don’t like this.” Riley squirmed in her back car seat and threw the blueberry popsicle to the floor. Diane, harried with rush hour traffic, glanced through the rear view mirror at her frowning daughter.
“Okay, honey. We’ll be home soon and I’ll fix mac n’ cheese for you. Okay?”
No, it was not okay. Riley let out a frustrated howl. Diane, her tense stomach tightening, turned around. As she did, her car slammed into a cab stopped at the light.
Minutes later, Riley was screaming and Diane was tapping 911 into her phone. The cab driver came out of his dented cab, carrying an open bag of Oreo cookies. Approaching Diane’s rolled down window he waved the cookies toward her crying toddler. “Betcha, she’d like a cookie, huh?”
Diane said a quick prayer of thanks and nodded with a tired smile at her new best friend, Shelley, the cab driver.
“Here, honey.” She cooed as she moved from her seat to undo Riley’s seat belt and pick her up with a hug. “Look at this yummy treat.”
Riley sucked in her last sob and held out her sticky hands for the cookie.
“Oh, Mommy, I like this.”