>List 6 disgusting things you’ve found in your refrigerator. Use all six in a story. Start with …
1. mouldy carrots 2. mouldy onions 3. sour milk 4. ripe cheese 5. grey meat 6. scum
Whenever he mentions Paris all I can think of is mouldy onions festering away at the bottom of my fridge, melting into a disgusting scum at the bottom of the salad drawer. It stinks too, like ripe cheese, another smell that instantly brings Paris to mind. And so we have come full circle in such a short space of time.
So, Paris. I’ve never been. Well, I’ve never stayed. I changed planes there one year but I can’t even remember where we were coming from. Not Canada because we stopped off at Italy for Canada. We were in Paris just a day or so before the walkway there collapsed and the airport subsequently closed down for health and safety checks. But I can’t remember where we were coming from.
It was a holiday we’d dashed off on, not giving me time to get rid of any food that might spoil. And while we were changing at the airport, that smell of ripe cheese had been everywhere and there was a mime artiste on a pushbike with a stereotype stripy shirt, a beret and a string of onions around his neck entertaining the crowd as we waited for delayed flights to be announced.
And when we got home we could smell the fridge from the door, almost tasted the meat now grey instead of pink. Sour milk sat solidly separated in bottles, the mouldy carrots also melting into the scum. (239 words)