a need

He met the dealer on the corner, as he’d been instructed to do.

He’d finally broken free of the morals that had been taught at him from his childhood, and took a taste at a friends party a few weeks back.  He’d been warned that it could be addictive but he’d just puffed up his chest and replied those sorts of things didn’t happen to him.  Except, they had.  He’d never had anything so divine.

The tasting had turned into a sampling.  The sampling had morphed into a craving over the days that followed.  And, as the addiction settled in, the craving turned into a need.  He had reached out to his friend, the one that had originally offered him the taste, and the friend had told him how to contact the dealer.

And, so, when the need grew too great to ignore, he had.

The soft light from the nearby street lamp bathed their brief exchange in an ethereal glow.  Part of him couldn’t believe how quickly things had escalated.  A month before he couldn’t have imagined ever meeting a dealer on the street at midnight in a questionable part of town.  A month before he didn’t truly understand the words “need” and “addiction.”

“Do you have any garlic?”  He whispered and winced as his voice carried in the darkness.  His head twitched as his eyes danced up and down the streets, peering into every shadow.

“That’s an illegal spice, man, I don’t trade in that.  Wouldn’t you rather have some Molly, Mickey, or Mary?”

He shook his head defiantly.  “No, only garlic will do.”  He hadn’t even heard of the other three.  They didn’t interest him at all.  Not yet, anyway.

The dealer began to walk away, “You look like a cop to me, man.  And, if you ain’t, this is no place for someone like you to be.  Go home and sleep it off.”

“Please,” he begged, his voice quivered as the depth of his need poured out of him.

The dealer stopped and turned back.  He recognized that need.  It was what set the true customers apart from the cops.  “Okay, man, I can set you straight.  How much you want?”

“How much do you have?”


I think I’m hungry this morning.  Everything I want to write has to do with food.  Perhaps I should go find some of that and set myself straight?  In the meantime, as if you hadn’t already guessed, this bit of silliness was in response to the current 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.


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.

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So, dear kingdomites, tell me, what do you need?

67 thoughts on “a need

  1. *Shudder*….addictions are scary things to deal with. The idea that someone can incept himself to believe he “needs” something that he shouldn’t even have, or even doesn’t need, is creepy. You’re a good writer! Do you have any published works?
    P.S. “Incept” and “inception” both became real words to me after I watched the movie “Inception” 🙂

  2. At first I thought you were going with girl scout cookies, but something in your writing tipped me toward food. Yum. I hate avoiding garlic all week, but the dancers all appreciate it I’m sure…so come the weekend I do crave garlic. 🙂

  3. Ah, I love it. A weird world made starkly real. This is really good.

    I can’t live without garlic, by the way. I think that’s exactly the spice Frank Herbert had in mind.

  4. That was excellent. Personally, I could live without garlic.I could live without most spices. I can’t live without TUMS. I enjoyed the story. Lucy .

    • Haha, oh no!
      But, but, pepper! and sugar! and basil! and paprika! and sea salt! and, yes, I’m addicted to spices.
      Though, this could easily be rewritten for Tums instead. 😉

  5. Sounds like a world where the god is Nuggan (Terry Pratchett’s Discworld has a range of gods, one of whom is Nuggan, who has banned, amongst other things, the colour blue, chocolate and garlic, and is generally considered to be a god who is wearing his underpants on his head).

    • Hah! Yes, that definitely fits. I’m not sure I’ve read about Nuggan yet (I’ve only read a handful of the Discworld books). I’ll have to see if I can find the one he is featured in. (Unless he was mentioned in Small Gods and I’ve just forgotten?)

  6. Coming from a family of garlic fiends, let me express my horror at the idea of a society that outlaws it.

    Vampire problem completely aside, how would we make pesto? How, I ask you???

    Loved this. : )

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