99 Word Flash: August 19, 2015

On August 19, 2015, Charli Mills (@Charli_Mills) prompted us thus:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes onions. It can be the main event or a spicy side to your flash. Think of the impact of onions-teary eyes, dragon-breath, indigestion. How can an onion add a twist, reveal a character, or sabotage a perfect day? Have fun!

Here is what I came up with:

Friends Are Onions

Friendship: one of few arenas I refrain from grappling in the gray; friends, from my vantage, resemble MMA: a relationship as real as it gets.

In a world where the word friend is tossed around at glancing images on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, and on and on, an individual’s depth is curtailed by a process of dolling out likes, stars, hearts, and plus ones.

A friend offers: safety to peel away masking layers, revealing your truest sense of self; perfect for laughing or crying. A friend appears to grow from the earth as your perfect match.

Friends are onions.