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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Desire (01/17/05)

TITLE: The Possessed Ice Cream
By J. C. Lamont


I stared at myself in the full-length mirror. January was here, the time for resolutions. This year would be different. This year I would lose those blasted 10 pounds. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me,” I quoted resolutely.

I walked out into the kitchen and having resolved to ignore the ice cream in the freezer, helped myself to a large, crisp salad for lunch.

~ You can’t ignore me. Come, indulge yourself in my cold, delicious sweetness. You know you want me. Come to me, my weak-willed dieter. I know you hear me calling your name. ~

“I’m not listening,” I said aloud, taking another bite of dressing-drenched lettuce and cucumber, pretending it tasted as delicious as hot fudge poured over peanuts and swirls of chocolate in vanilla custard—Enough!

I forced my thoughts onto my book. As a writer, most of my waking hours were spent on developing scenes, formulating plots, and creating character depth…unless, the desire for ice cream intruded.

~ You can not resist the way I tantalize your taste buds, or the delicate way I caress your tongue, as my creamy confection tenderly massages your throat, and soothes you from within. ~

I put the salad bowl in the sink and moved to my computer desk in the study. The salad had only left me hungrier, but I thought about the new dress I wanted to buy and poured myself into my story.

~ My chocolate covered nuts, my mouthwatering peanut butter sauce, my rich swirls of chocolate fudge, my vanilla bean goodness that surpasses no other. You crave me. ~

Successfully typing two pages, my thoughts started to wander again as I consulted the spell check. It was only vanity, after all, that I wanted to lose those 10 pounds. I was a healthy, active young woman. A little bit of ice cream couldn’t hurt, could it?

~ Once on the lips, forever on the hips, as I always say, hehe. ~

“Oh what the heck,” I sighed. “God created ice cream after all.”

I scooped out a large chunk of ice cream and indulged in a big spoonful, savoring the creamy taste.

~ Haha! I got you! A burst of frigid sugar swells to your head in an icy blast of sweetness! ~

“Oww!” The spoon clinked onto the table as I clutched my head. “Brain freeze!”


Disclaimer: No ice cream was harmed during the making of this story.

The moral of this story?

There really isn’t one.

But I bet you’ll never look at ice cream in the same way.

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Kathy Cartee01/24/05
hu m m m, I think I remember that day when I only had ten pounds to lose, better heed that warning before ten pounds become fifty.

very good submission.

Jess Godwin01/24/05
Oh I loved it! Especially the disclaimer at the end. Made me want some icecream.
Suzanne R01/24/05
You've hit on something that many of your readers will identify with! Only the descriptions of ice cream didn't affect me ... it was the one little mention of chocolate coated nuts that got me. I love your line about 'weak willed dieter' and your other spots of alliteration.
Lynda Lee Schab 01/25/05
As an ice-cream addict, your title definitely caught my attention! I've been known to down a half gallon in a single sitting. My hips are living proof - LOL. I have to go to the grocery store stuffed so I don't give in to the temptation to buy it (even though it IS on sale - my famous excuse). If it's not there, I don't eat it. But when I know it's in the freezer...my poor kids - they're lucky to get one dish out of it.
Enough about ice cream! Great writing and great take on the topic of "desire".
Blessings, Lynda
C.L. Burden01/25/05
Well written, very funny!
Deborah Anderson01/28/05
LOL, cute! God bless you.
Debbie OConnor01/30/05
Great job. Made me laugh! I LOVE my ice cream too.
Joan Morrone09/12/05

This article hit me! I took at least 3 days to eat a half gallon but it was hard to do.

My doctor told me I needed to lose 10 pounds to get off my blood pressure medicine. I did lose it and am keeping down there but>>>
I haven't conquered the desire for ice cream and chocolate topping---no nuts.

I was a good girl for awhile and would just buy 1 pint and took 3 days to eat that! Don't know how I did that.

I had just eated lunch. MY daughter wanted to take me out to eat! Sure! So what did I order? A waffle with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate topping, covered with whipped cream.

Oh, Well. I guess I am normal.

God bless you. Joan Morrone
Joan Morrone09/12/05
Oops! I didn't
Joan Morrone09/12/05
Oops I didn't really Eated"; I ATE it! Oh well, casn't win them all. Joan
B Brenton11/28/05
Awwww... that was me... this was one for all of us girls...
Really love your stuff J.C. :)