Conflicted – Friday Fictioneers

Photo prompt © Todd Foltz

“Why did you go vegan?” he asked around a mouthful of burger.

Vegetarian,” she corrected. “Nothing with a face, but I still eat eggs and dairy.”

“So no fish, then.”

Sigh. “Right,” she replied. Fish have faces, too.

“But what about those big chicken farms – where hens are stuffed onto racks and forced to lay eggs, like, constantly?”

She mopped up her soft-boiled with a triangle of toast. Chicken Run came to mind.

“They’re alive, but they aren’t free! And poor factory cows, in those tiny milking stalls…”

Suddenly her toast was cardboard, and the café au lait tasted sour.

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“Conflicted”, a 100-word story © 2020 Valerie J. Barrett. All rights reserved.

Thank you to Rochelle for hosting this challenge to write a complete story in 100 words or less, based on a photo prompt, generously supplied this week by Todd Foltz. To join in, click on Rochelle’s name above and follow the directions.

13 thoughts on “Conflicted – Friday Fictioneers

    1. Thank you, Rochelle. Yes, indeed! I like the idea of supporting smaller, family-owned farms (that are run ethically) as often as possible – but it can be challenging sometimes. Thank you for reading!

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  1. I like the social conscience of your story. It’s hard to find anything other than homegrown produce that hasn’t been created on the abuse or exploitation of some living being or the environment at large.

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    1. Thank you! You’re right; we’re far too dependent on neatly-packaged, trucked-in food, aren’t we, without giving any thought to where it came from.

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