Cereal Box Surprise
by Lori R. Lopez
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This is a work of fiction.
Copyright © 2012 by Lori R. Lopez
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It was one of those moments he would remember. The kind that stood frozen in a block of ice – loominous – preserved like a mastodon with such grave clarity you could glimpse its ultimate breath. Hearing the knock, opening the door, his sense of excitement as he grasped the oversized carton being thrust toward him by a faceless delivery guy. He would never forget that instant of rapture. Although he was expecting the package, it felt like Christmas or his birthday to gleefully pry loose the top, separate flaps and dig through Styrofoam peanuts.
Jumbled within were fifty boxes of Frooties cereal. He checked the invoice. It was all there. He had waited eagerly, anxious for the order to arrive. It symbolized hope. Finally he would be taken seriously! At his job and at his mother’s house – where the uncle who sneered and pushed him around, called Ned a pipsqueak and wussy and far worse behind his mom’s back, would have to grant him respect. That was key, an important goal, but not his principle objective.