The bacon settled in the pan almost relaxing into the sea of scolding yellow but she knew from experience that there was always one more pop left, no matter how settled the bacon looked. She eased the spatula back into the pan, wanting to flip the bacon before it burned. That would be devastating. Ever so gently, she placed one corner of the metal utensil under the raised part of the bacon. She carefully lifted it and gave it an almost playful nudge. As the grease crackled, she smiled at her accomplishment. The bacon was perfect. She released the breath she didn’t realize she was holding. He would be pleased. He would be proud.
The door knob turned and the man entered. She heard his footsteps, heavy and fast. She looked up from the frying pan, anticipating happiness. Her eyes were met with his disgust. He tossed an empty fast food bag on the counter and in a gruff tone threatened, “Throw that away, will ya? I’m going to watch the game. Don’t even think about nagging me about it neither.” He exited the room as she quickly disposed of the reminder of her worthlessness. She slowly walked back over to the frying pan. She reached over, turned up the heat and watched the bacon burn as she whispered to herself, “You are such a fool.”
This post is in response to Trifecta's Writing Challenge:
Use the third definition for fool exactly as it appears below and weave it into a stunning work of art of between 33 and 333 words.
fool noun \ˈfül\
1 : a person lacking in judgment or prudence
2 a : a retainer formerly kept in great households to provide casual entertainment and commonly dressed in motley with cap, bells, and bauble
b : one who is victimized or made to appear foolish : dupe