Note: Trifecta: Week Eighty-Six has posted their latest word challenge: crack, on which you must write a story between 33-333 words using the third definition listed: “3a : a narrow break : fissure b : a narrow opening “
Crackdown (333 words)
Lenny and Verne disliked having babysitters. Moreover, they hated being babysat by Grand Uncle Vern, whom Verne was named after. He didn’t like children, but he was available and that was good enough for their working mother.
Lenny and Verne viewed Guv, as he had come to be known, like a mission. A spy mission to be exact: double agents out to reclaim the loot from the crooked overlord.
Today the loot was a pack of Little Debbie swiss rolls their mom had left for them. It was customary for the overlord to eat the spoils, arguing that it would ruin their dinner.
“Growing kids need corn and milk,” he once decried, as remnants of corn-less crumbs fell from his mouth.
Now, they waited for some time for Guv to get tired. Lenny, who was older, advised using walkie-talkies on this covert mission. Verne stuck her head out of the hallway and peered into the living room where Guv was sprawled out in an armchair facing the kitchen.
There were two good factors about Guv that made their missions possible. One, he loved television and two, he was lazy and often passed out while watching the former.
There was a third element, but it was not good. Even while sleeping, Guv’s eyes remained slightly open. The kids could never tell from the crack in either eye if he was out or in; if it was a rescue mission or one to abort.
With scrambled eggs for breakfast, the risk was necessary. They wanted those chocolate rolls more than ever. Verne would make the first move by crawling low across the carpet towards the kitchen.
She scurried across like a mouse. Nothing happened, Guv had remained still. Lenny moseyed along with confidence and just as he was about to cross the threshold he jumped.
“Looking for these,” said Guv as he held the box of cakes above his head.
Verne popped out of the kitchen.
“Little Debbie – over and out,” said Lenny.
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