Friday Fictioneers – Compulsion

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!



Go on.

Have a fried egg. Just one won’t kill you.

I glare at the laptop. I must write.

One fried egg and a rasher of bacon.


I write two pages and make coffee.

Two eggs, bacon and a tomato. Tomato’s healthy.

I fight the cravings all day, then go to bed.

Thirty minutes later, I get up.

Bacon. Six rashers under the grill.

Two eggs…I look at the box. There are five eggs. What the heck…I take them all.

My plate is piled high and Cameron, my husband, walks in.

‘Oh, Penny…’

‘I’m sorry, so sorry,’ I weep.

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28 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Compulsion

    • Thank you for your kind comment, Neil. You may well have a point when you say it’s at night in bed that the cravings are hardest to resist. In addition, many compulsions feel shameful, and concealment is easier at night.

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  1. Dear Penny,

    You said so much in a few words. I know how insidious an eating disorder can be. It’s really a control issue. You think you have it under control until you realize the beast is actually controlling you. Well written.



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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for such a generous comment.
      It was the fried eggs that prompted the story. I was looking at them thinking, ‘I could eat all four of those, right now…’
      I know what you mean about the beast controlling you; do you think that perhaps all compulsions have that in common?


  2. And that is exactly why so many diets do more harm than good. The one egg and rasher would have stopped the craving and not been as harmful. But too many of us (me included) feel that compulsion to resist and then give up, full of shame. Excellent take, Penny.

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    • Thank you for your kind comment, Ali. I’m sure you’re right that an eating disorder is hard to beat; indeed, sadly some people don’t beat the disorder. It’s one of the most dangerous mental health conditions, and some sufferers die as a result.

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  3. I can feel her struggle. You’ve portrayed it very convincingly. Compulsive disorders and addiction are huge problems and can be life-destroying for the sufferer and their loved ones.


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