don’t forget the soap

Anton looking through the contents he had piled on the counter and frowned.  He knew he was missing something but he couldn’t immediately see what he had forgotten.  He pulled his shopping list out of one of the pockets deep within the recesses of his robes and consulted it.

“Filament, check.”

“Spring, check.”

“Mortar and pestle, check.”

“Mixing tub, check.”


How could he have forgotten the soap?  It was only the most important ingrediant in what he was making.  With a slight shake of his head and the raising of the forefinger on his right hand, he indicated to the clerk that he would be right back and then disappeared into the depths of the store again.

He didn’t just need soap.  He needed a lot of soap.  Usually, he liked to make his own, but that took time and when a rush job came in Anton was forced to buy it along with the rest of the items that could only be used once per project.  Luckily, he was paid well enough for those rush jobs that it didn’t impact his revenue stream.

Still, without making it himself, he couldn’t always predict how potent the purchased soap would be.  It was more unstable.  It was more dangerous to work with.  Anton knew what he was doing, knew that he was in a perilous profession, but he didn’t like taking unnecessary risks all the same.

As he carried an armload of soap boxes back to the front of the store he weighed the pros and cons of telling the professor that he was no longer going to be able to do these rush jobs.  She and her cohort would just have to plan further in advance if they wanted to enlist his services.  The idea of having that much more control over his creations was very appealing, but the idea of her turning him into a newt or torturing him through some curse or hex outweighed all his counter arguments.

He would just have to continue to be careful.

After one last scan over his shopping list to make sure he had gathered all the necessary supplies, Anton let the clerk ring him up, then handed over the necessary coins to pay for the transaction, loaded everything into a satchel and headed home.

Despite the danger he was about to face, Anton thoroughly enjoyed the creation process.  He loved putting together his bombs almost as much as he loved watching them go boom.


It’s Wednesday.  It’s early.  It must be another Queen Creative Prompts for the Promptless:

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

A shopping list (noun) is a list of items needed to be purchased by a shopper, a grocery list is a the most popular type of shopping list– including items that need to be procured on the next visit to the grocery store.

Idea by NotAPunkRocker.

Suggested Prompts:

  • It’s time to get extremely personal.  Share your grocery list with us! Scan it, snap a photo, or write it out.
  • Make an unusual shopping list.
  • Tell us a story where a shopping list plays an important role.
  • … or make up your own related prompt!

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