Irish potatoes, how could she have forgotten the Irish potatoes? As she shuffled across the kitchen she already knew her cupboard held exactly what she needed. She’d whip them right up. She might even doctor them with some flavored liquor. Why not? It was a birthday after all.
The clock said it was two a.m. How could that be? She had started at seven. As she looked around the kitchen, she gasped. There were clumps of butter and cinnamon everywhere. She was missing a slipper and there was a lime in her pocket. She stared suspiciously towards the back door. Had someone gotten in? And then it hit her. She knew before she even made her way to the fridge what she would find. Sure enough, tucked behind the milk was the empty bottle of booze, her slipper surrounding it like an ill fitting cozy. The best part, her favorite part, was what she found next. There, on the kitchen table, amidst the bottles of vanilla was her notebook. As she picked it up her hands trembled. It was Lila.
Normally too painful to read she would keep the book stashed away in the den. Lila loved to write and the book was a joyful yet painful reminder she was no longer with them. “Taken too soon,” her grandmom would say. Lila was a light. When she entered a room it felt as though a window had been thrown open and all you could feel was the warm breeze of summer.
Covered in powdered sugar she looked down at that same familiar page and saw the quote that Lila had written. After she passed, they discovered this particular quote written carefully in the middle of her notebook. They were never able to find a source and after searching decided it must have been one of hers. “If you walk with intention through beauty may you never reach the other side.”
“Oh Lila my beautifult girl, I miss you. Happy Birthday.”
The 333 words above are for Trifecta’s Weekly Contest. When I first wrote this story, it was five hundred and thirty seven words. Man was it tough to trim it down. I hope I did it justice. Although I found this challenge to be a tough one, I really enjoyed it and look so forward to reading the other entries. Good luck everyone!