Flash Friday Fiction

icon-grill-ted-strutzPicture courtesy of Ted Strutz

I worked in a personal theme this week.  For more information, see my post from last week here.  For those of you who might wonder, Warner’s Safe Kidney & Liver Cure was a real thing.  In fact, the bottle it was in are collectible today, priced about $200 on eBay.  If they were full, I just might consider it.

Word Count: 104

Good for what ails you

“Excuse me, ma’am?”

Sizing him up as the next drunk she’d serve that night, Gloria arched her brow. “Help you?”

“Yes’m.  I’m in dire need. Got any Warner’s Liver Cure?”

“What’re you talking about?” The stink on him was strong.

“Brown bottle.  Everyone knows Warner’s.”  His yellow eyes implored her to try.

“Alright – no promises.” Sighing, she turned, looking at the highest shelf.  Dusty, forgotten, a brown bottle winked at her. “This it?”

“Amen! Cured at last.”

Reaching for it, he was gone, mist marking his spot. 

Amazed, Gloria went back to wiping the bar.  Couldn’t even try to make sense of that one.

Please check out the links to all the other Flash Friday Fictioneers, which can be found here.

© Erin Leary

15 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

  1. Hahah! I love the last line, The personality of the bartender really came through in this. That’s funny that there really was such a thing as that strange potion!

  2. Erin, glad you found my Warner’s Safe Cure Blog. WSC was a very popular cure in the 19th Century, although I doubt it ever cured anyone. Also saw you had done some triathlons. I am a runner and cyclist, but have not mastered the swimming part yet. Best regards!

    • Thanks, Steve! I know it is a real cure – I knew there was a product out there that was like “snake oil”.

      I have done the triathlon circuit, but the best way to describe it is “non-competitive” – meaning I just do at it my pace. My swimming is slow but steady – I tell myself I’m a kid again and just playing in the water. That helps make it fun.

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