PENELOPE'S POISONOUS PLAN
"You're taking it ever-so-well. Trust me, I know
you'll soon get over it. Nice herbal tea." Cindy spoke
with all the sincerity she could project but inside she
was thinking what a doormat this girl is. I steal her
best boyfriend ever and she invites me round for tea
for two and tells me everything will be alright.
"I know, sometimes shit happens but let's move on
from that," said Penelope. "It's a tisane, it's really
called a tisane not herbal tea. It's my new hobby. I
used to buy the stuff in fancy stores then I realized I
was just paying for the packaging and the profits. The
Internet is a great equalizer. A couple of hours online
and I knew where to get the seeds and how to grow
the plants and dry the leaves. There are even forums
for sharing stories. Have another cup, you'll find it
very relaxing. I thought it would be just the thing for
the day of your big speech. Oh, and I guess you'll be
making a big splash on TV."
"Yes live on local TV and the whole thing will go on
for hours too," said Cindy looking at her watch. "I'm
so sorry but I will have to watch my time. One more
cup and I'll really have to go."
Penelope watched and waved from the window as
Cindy went off to the TV studio. Then she lifted
Teddy up from behind the potted plant that had been
getting most of her own tisane. Teddy was her loyal
old friend with buttons for eyes. The friend who
never lied to her and who would never even think of
stealing her best boyfriend.
As they settled down to watch TV with a nice box of
chocolates, Penelope carefully explained to Teddy
what they might expect to see from a really strong
Penelope's Poisonous Plan
was published in the print and
electronic versions in
September Issue, 2013.
First published, Winning Entry,
Adult Creative Writing
No. 88, Dec 2008.