Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 11): Punishment?

      …  Parts 10 (Warmth)9 (Found)8 (Lost), 7 (Rock), 6 (Believe), 5 (Naming), 4 (Home), 3 (Trust), 2 (Hope), and 1 (Nightmares) have posted on previous Sundays…



     Anna helped me sit up, and then pushed the bandages a bit higher on my forehead.  The doctor had left my eyes mostly uncovered when he renewed my head dressing, but the bandages still covered my eyes a bit.  It was as if he’d wanted to cover them again, but opted to allow me enough vision to feel safer in my new surroundings.  I was glad of it, for I was quite curious to see who was coming through the door, now.


“Here you are, dears.”  

     The woman serving us was white, and seemed as pleased to be bringing us our breakfast as if we had been, too.  My eyes finally allowed me to confirm what my nose and stomach had already told me.


     There was indeed bacon.  On both our plates!


All my life I had been denied the pleasure of eating bacon.  That torturous smell haunted me, for I was never allowed to eat any.  The Senator, displeased with my refusal to feign happiness with him, had ordered the kitchen staff to cook bacon for breakfast every day, but never to allow me to have any.  Thus, I was always treated to the sight of others enjoying this luxury, but never indulged, myself.  Today, it seemed, that was to change.



       This is the continuation scene in my new historical fiction series  Ann&Anna.  I  hope that this series will move you to learn more ways to help use our history to build new tools.

  Part 10 was last Sunday, and Part 12 will be next Sunday.

I look forward to your thoughts.


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                     We can  Do Better: to create a kinder future



Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

( 5 month GED lesson 20 of 67 plans…),

       and Ranger M.’s Babylon 5 review posts, because story inspires learning, and historical stories inspire tool-building, right?  “Of course right!”

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.

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41 thoughts on “Ann and Anna, (serial short story, Part 11): Punishment?

  1. I also love bacon and was very disappointed in a grilled cheese that advertised including bacon but the cheese and the greasy bread overwhelmed any chance that the sandwich actually included bacon. Huge let down. Another good but tantalizing too brief segment.

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    1. Hmmm, I’m not so sure that anyone who has 1.) never tried bacon, and 2.) had that food used as a punishment, would really like it. But, I guess we shall find out next week.

      Sorry for the brevity (next week’s is nearly 1k words, it that helps): finishing 3rd draft of Do Better is taking all of my energy, while worrying about getting back to Who By Fire as interest begins to ramp up. Too many balls in the air at once, but not much choice but to deal with it (and with the damned smoking neighbors) while I still have time.


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      1. Not a problem. I follow other aerialists and for a variety of legitimate reasons some installments are briefer than others. Life happens. Sorry bacon is not on your allowed list. I find it delicious and it does smell devine.

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        1. It was Willow I was referring to, sorry, I forget that I need to separate my own comments from those of my characters!


          (oh, no, I’m becoming part of my story!!! Maybe the person who says I’m obsessed is right?)


          She finds the smell divine, as well, or maybe devilish…

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    1. Thank you, Ned.
      Somehow, I wish I could hang a banner across every post this week saying that “Things Are Not Always What They Seem…”

      Actually, I know there’s a way, but I’m just too tired.

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    1. Yup, sorry, it seems to be on your side.

      Now, I just hope my Vegan friends are not offended, since Readers cannot look ahead to see that this ‘bacon’ reference is not exactly what it may seem to be, at first glance.

      I guess I must “trust the readers, trust your readers, trust your readers…”

      Shira the exhausted, but so glad that you and Quips are here enjoying this series, and helping me grow as a writer.

      Thank you, Petru!

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  2. Isn’t that just evil at its best? A person doesn’t like your response to them and creates a plan to torture you on all human levels: your smell and your sight within your circle. I don’t like this Senator. #SundayReads ♥️

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        1. Coming up in another 2 or 3 parts, and exactly with you, on this one, Michelle!

          That’s why I’ve been working so hard on the Do Better Project: even if it’s a pipe dream with a bit of engineering, at least the ideas should have it’s chance in the light of day for all (ok, at least a few) to see and ponder. We could make such a beautiful world, as Victor Frankl quoted, if we wanted to.
          Certainly, we can Do Better.

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            1. Coolness, thank you Michelle! The quote, more of a paraphrase, actually, is from Man’s Search for Meaning, I think, but I always get it confused with one of his other books. That line and the image just haunted me. Imagining the men walking, exhausted, on the Death March (if I recall it correctly), and one man looking at the rising sun, still able to say that “This could be such a beautiful world.”
              Amazing resiliance. Just like us, “Facing the Rising Sun,
              Of a new day begun…”

              Much love,

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