older brothers are confusing

Charles put down the comic book, his eyes wild with mischief and his mouth twisted in a matching grin, and he pushed himself off his bed.  He quickly raided his closet and changed into a mash up of costumes from the past several Halloweens.  He checked his appearance in the mirror hanging behind his door and continued changing articles here and there until he was satisfied with his look.  Then he pulled open the door with a resounding thud and raced through the house trumpeting, “I am Galactus.  I am the devourer.  Earth is mine!”  With a maniacal laugh he flew out the front door, slamming it shut in his wake.

Cody, playing quietly in the room adjacent to his older brother’s, snuck to his own bedroom door to ensure that Charles had in fact left and wasn’t playing some trick on him.  He’d fallen victim to too many of his brother’s shenanigans recently to take anything Charles did at face value.  However, as Cody confirmed he was safe for the moment, a look of confusion crossed his small face, “The devourer?  Earth is his?  He’s an earth eater?”

He returned to his playing shaking his head.  Charles was so silly.  Cody never knew what his brother was going to be like from one day to the next.   Cody had just offered him some mud pies the day before and Charles hadn’t had any interest, but today it seemed he had changed his mind.

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Short and silly, but hopefully it got a chuckle or two out of you.  This was written in response to this week’s Inspiration Monday writing challenge:

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The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.

OR

No really; I need rules!

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts:

COST OF LIVING

EARTH EATER

ORANGE JUMPSUIT

UNREAD

SECOND BEST

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I know you want to play along with the silliness, and there are some great prompt words this week.  So… what are you waiting for?  Pick one, write a post, link it up, and share it with the rest of us!

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360 thoughts on “older brothers are confusing

  1. How did you come up with a story about 2 brothers from the prompt “Earth Eater.”
    Did you have a story you wanted to write already, or did that prompt really generate this story? Because it’s not something I would ever think of, with this prompt!

    • So…
      Okay. Earth Eaters jumped out at me. I don’t know why, but I wanted to use that one. And I wanted to write something silly, so I brainstormed about what else an Earth Eater could be… that brought me to mud pies. And who would make mud pies: kids. So… bring in the brother aspect for a bit of extra silliness and the thing practically wrote itself. 😉

      • I’ve had 2 cups of coffeh, and I still don’t get the leap your brain made.

        It’s quite possible that I’m not cut out for fiction. Or at the very least, not for making such a great story from a prompt that would have taken me in a completely other direction.

      • Well, I wanted it to be dark and twisted and all destroy all the worlds! Or, better yet, along the line of Fat Bastard – Get in ma bellah! But, I also wanted it to be silly, so… the idea had to twist a bit in my head to get to that…

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