Hookworm

 

“Git yer shoes on or don’t go out.”

“Pa don’t wear shoes.”

“Pa’s got foot problems.”

“I’ve got foot problems.”

“Such as?”

“I don’t like shoes.”

“The hookworms are just waiting out there.”

“I don’t care about no hookworms.”

“You see how pale your pa has got? You hear him groaning and moaning at night with a sore belly? You want to get like that?”

“He should take a pill. They’ve got pills.”

“You going to pay for it?”

“Why can’t we move somewhere with no hookworms?”

“Your uncle moved to the city and a car ran over his foot.”

 

100 words

Photo by Enisa

For Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

10 Responses

  1. Nice 100 words

  2. This is such a pragmatic perspective. Human hookworm infection is highly endemic in many countries throughout the world and its global economic and health impact may range in many billions of dollars.
    Great write.

  3. I don’t know much about hookworm, but it sounds horrible….

  4. This family really has problems with their feet, eh?

  5. OH my gosh! You want hookworms or a car running over your foot?! LOL! Cute story!

  6. It sometimes a wonder to me that we humans survive at all. Great story

  7. This made me LOL! 🙂

  8. A comfortable pair of shoes means half the battle won.

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