Character Development: Week 5

This week, I have a short story about Millie and how she unwinds after a bad day at work.

She dragged herself up the stairs to her third-floor apartment.  The elevator was broken once again.

‘Perfect end to a perfect day,’ Millie thought sarcastically, jamming her key into the lock and twisting violently.  She shoved the door open, letting it swing shut behind her as she made her way to the kitchen, kicking her heels off and leaving them where they fell.

Once in the kitchen, Millie filled up a kettle with water and set it on the stove.  She turned the burner on and leaned against the counter while she waited for her water to boil.  She closed her eyes and took a deep breath.

“Let it go,” She breathed, “Just let it go and move on.”  The kettle was not yet whistling, so she decided to get a little snack together.  Rummaging through her cabinets, she pulled out a tin of cookies.  She grabbed a paper plate and arranged a handful of cookies neatly.

The kettle let out a long, steamy whistle.  Millie set her plate of cookies on her little kitchen table and grabbed her favorite mug.  She moved the kettle off of the hot burner and went to find an appropriate flavor of tea for the bad day she’d had.

“Hmm, apple chamomile sounds pretty good.” She pulled a teabag out of the box and plopped it her Mickey Mouse mug.  She arranged her sugar and honey closer to her tea workspace before pouring the hot water over the teabag.

While letting the tea steep, she went to grab her laptop from her room.  She set it up on the kitchen table and pulled up Netflix.  She finished fixing her tea with two spoonfuls of honey and two sugar cubes, then settled in with her cookies and favorite show on Netflix – It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia.


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