An Apple a Day

Issue: Sample
Category: Flash Fiction

An Apple a Day

Written By: Joseph Clay

Miss Duncan leaned against the door-frame in the hall, peering into the kitchen as Emma pulled saline from a vial into a syringe. She watched as Emma’s eyes locked on to the apple in her left hand. With the concentration of a skilled brain surgeon and steady hands, she pierced the skin of the fruit. As she pressed the plunger and pushed the liquid into the apple, a smile spread across her face. She repeated the process until the syringe was dry. Emma was admiring her work as her mom headed toward the kitchen.

“Excellent, Emma, you got it! I see you’ve been practicing,” Miss Duncan said.

“Between you and Margie helping me, I’m sure I’ll ace my clinical,” Emma said as she smiled.

Miss Duncan sat down at the counter with a cup of coffee, cupping it with her hands. “Emma, people are saying nasty things about what happened to your dad and Margie’s husband. Some say it was murder.”

“Mom, we’ve talked about this. They accidentally ingested Roundup and antifreeze. You know they always used unmarked jugs for their landscaping business — they must have mistaken one for water or something.”

Her mother sighed. “You’re probably right.”

“Does it really matter? He’s dead and can’t hurt us anymore.” Emma turned her attention back to the needle. “An apple a day didn’t keep the grim reaper away,” she said with a grin.