Everyone has an Achilles’ Heel

Time for another entry in Friday Fictioneers challenge, courtesy of Rochelle Wissof-Fields. If you want to give it a try, check the info on her blog. 100 words more or less, inspired by a photo, here we go….


 Copyright – Douglas M. MacIlroy

My daughter yells from the hall:
– Mom!!!
– Yes, dear?
– Have you seen my slippers?
– Those brown, furry, warm things?
– Yes.
– No, haven’t seen them.

My daughter yells from her room:
– Mom!!!
– Yes, dear?
– Have you seen my tablet?
– The one with your school project on Japan art history?
– Yes!
– No, haven’t seen it.

My daughter yells from the kitchen:
– Mom!!!
– Yes, dear?
– We are out of Nutella!
– Oh, that’s too bad.

My daughter sneaks on me in the living room:
– Mom…
– Yes, dear?
– You are not funny.
– You can get your slippers and tablet, but don’t even think about that Nutella!


Made an effort this week to write something lite, after too many dark stories. And I am really happy about it, while writing this I remembered my mom and how crazy funny she was. And that Nutella part is all about me!!! I must confess I am an addict. I believe that a successful line of interrogation for me would be a combination of Nutella deprivation and overexposure to ABBA songs…I would sing like a bird.


47 thoughts on “Everyone has an Achilles’ Heel

  1. Dear Loré,

    I enjoyed this exchange between mother and daughter and the way you loosely tied it to the prompt.

    I could never be a Nutella addict. I’m severely allergic to Hazel Nuts. Guess I’ll stick with good ole’ peanut butter.

    Nice one.




  2. Delightful! The conversation between mother and daughter rings true. So many times I’ve thought of hiding the random things my husband leaves hanging about. Luckily he hates Nutella so I always find it right where I left it.


  3. Bevinne Morse says:

    I love your parenting style. Now my Mom wouldn’t share her Almond Rocha with me – but I found out where her stash was and would just take one every once in a while. 🙂 LOL! Now my son as a teen was a tough nut – I couldn’t for the life of me find his Achilles heel – and let me tell you I would’ve LOVED to find it – b’c then I could tweak it … LOL! 🙂 But he and I survived and that’s what’s most important. Oh and I LOVE ABBA – but I agree they can get old after a while.


  4. I’m not a nutella fan myself but completely understand stealing the slippers and laptop.This was a great volley between mom and daughter. I really enjoyed it.


  5. Dear Snow, Love your story – and the picture and I love Nutella. I never had tried it until last year. My husband loves it too and we dip strawberries in it. As delicious as your story and a big THANKS for ABBA – one of my all time favorite groups. I have 2 CD’s of them. Thanks, Nan 🙂


  6. Snow, I’m not familiar with Nutella. I don’t remember seeing it in India. The exchange between mother and daughter was really funny. I enjoyed the music. Well written. 🙂 —Susan


    • Oh my, Nutella – delicious hazelnut chocolate spread, it can be put on bread, combined with fruits like strawberries and bananas, as an addition to cakes or you can just simply dive in with the spoon (my preferred way). I am glad you liked my story, and I just can’t believe everyone but me loves ABBA! 😀


  7. Dear Lore,

    This story of yours is seamless and smooth and as sweet as a spoonful of Nutella. I am still laughing. Even the line, “you are not funny’ was perfect. And unshaken, she replies that the Nutella is off limits. I love it, love it, love it.




  8. I truly enjoyed this, as the dialogue seemed so real, and it built up this lovely suspense as to what mommy was up to. Nutella…. I bought it once- never again. I’m not strong enough to eat that stuff in moderation. Maybe I’ll give it another shot once there are some well-established Nutella Addiction support groups. 🙂


  9. Great dialogue! I don’t actually like Nutella but I do like ABBA 🙂
    I can just imagine these sorts of conversations being yelled from room to room.


  10. You reminded me of MY mom. “No, I haven’t seen it.” “You can get that yourself,” etc. etc. Life is a gas, isn’t it?

    I like Nutella, even though I don’t buy it. I sneak someone else’s!

    Cute little kid. Yours?


  11. I think every parent has had a similar exchange with their child, and most women with their husband. After all, why look for it yourself when there’s someone in the house who knows EVERYTHING! 🙂 Great fun.


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