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Problem Solved

by on April 15, 2015

Albert knocked hesitantly. Then, the door opened. “Happy…birthday?” Albert ventured.

“Hi,” Cheryl said flatly. “You made it. Good. Have some cake.”

“Thanks. Is Bernard here yet?”

“Bernard’s gone. Very sad. Come inside?”


Neither Albert nor Bernard were ever seen again.


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  1. “Problem solved”… rather a doubtful title, she’s just solving problems with other problems. Unless she happens to know exactly how not to get caught… *shivers* kind of creepy in so few words! Again I must applaud you, everything you write just seems so natural even in the most disturbing of cases ^^’

    • I generally try to go funny rather than disturbing, but I’m glad disturbing works. 🙂 I thought Cheryl came off a little odd in the original math problem that was going viral; naturally my imagination took the creepy factor up a notch.

  2. Every time I see characters named A, B, and C, it gives me sad Property hypo tingles. (On a more substantive note, great job answering the question without ever ANSWERING the question!)

    • Somehow the ‘ABC” of the names didn’t click with me till I read your comment, but obviously it should have. My Property hypos all involved Amanda and Carla, or A, B, and O in the Rule against Perpetuities hypos. *shudder*.

      • It’s reflexive. That’s how they get us. The next thing you know all your characters live on Blackacre.

      • I wrote a superhero story once where my main villain lived on a island called Blackacre. The island was blown up at the end. I got no small satisfaction out of that.

  3. Whoa! I love your take on the prompt. Wasn’t expecting that… 🙂

  4. OK, I am officially confused and disturbed. Did she EAT them?? Holy crap that is quite the twist. Something tells me Albert should have turned tail and ran the hell out of there! Definitely had your freak on with this one, didn’t you? 😉

    • Maybe she didn’t….and maybe she DID. Only Cheryl knows for sure. *cue ominous theme*.

  5. Christine permalink

    OMG – fabulous. Love the tie-in to the math problem! Apparently Cheryl wasn’t pleased with either of them. Great job!

  6. whoa whoa! i literally jerked back in my seat. and i’m on a stool too, i almost fell on the floor! spine thrilling, this one….

  7. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I think the moral of the story is stay away from Cheryl. She’s bad news 🙂

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