Paint Me Evil

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Claiming innocence against scurrilous accusations.

Submitted: May 09, 2017

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Paint Me Evil

 

Look at me! Go on! Give me a long and hard stare. Make it from all angles; either side, front and back, top and bottom. Then say it. Say I’m a killer. Go ahead and paint me evil!

 

But look really hard. Open your eyes AND your mind. Am I really something to fear? I don’t wait in the shadows or behind doors, waiting for an opportunity to attack. I don’t leap up and force myself down your throat! I am innocent of all charges made against me.

 

Think of it! I had to be mixed, fried, injected with jam and covered with sugar. All of these things were done under the guidance of, or directly by a man or a woman. I had to be packed and displayed, again by a human. And then someone had to come along, look at me and CHOOSE to buy me! I never forced them to, there were no threats, no pointing guns. It was a free choice.

 

And of course there is also the fact that I don’t occur naturally. Somebody – a person – had to think me up! They had to decide what ingredients would make me into a tempting treat!

 

Treat’, that is the important word here. I was never meant to be a constant, frequent, twice-daily part of your diet but something special. I was never intended to be consumed as well as your usual meals, but instead of something. A reward perhaps and not an excuse for gluttony.

 

It is not my fault if you find me irresistible. It is not my fault that you cannot control your desires but have to give in so easily to greed. It is not my fault that I was ever invented in the first place.

 

So paint me as evil as you like. I am not a killer, a murderer, a slayer of man. I am a DONUT – no more and no less!


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