Here’s your prompt from the last post:
The caution on the advertisement was familiar, “Do not try this at home,” but there was something about this particular ad that I found terrifying.
PLEASE DO TRY THIS ONE AT HOME!
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With a warning that I have nothing in my head in response to this prompt, here I go. Short and, I hope, sweet.
Keep in mind that I never watched television until the corona virus, and for the first few weeks, I read books, worked crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, took walks by myself, repotted my houseplants, did laundry, vacuumed, cooked, but last week I caved. I live alone and I knew right at the moment I picked up the remote that I was going to lose my mind if I didn’t hear another voice in my house. It was the middle of the day, sun shining outside, but I closed the shutters, pulled the heavy drapes, and turned on some game show. The contestants and the audience all seemed to be having a great time, and I confess I was cheered up.
The commercials started and I was heading to the kitchen for a snack, when the VoiceOver selling a common brand of laundry detergent, with a free bottle of bleach thrown in, caught my attention. And not in a good way. The caution on the advertisement was familiar, “Do not try this at home,” but there was something about that voice that I found terrifying. I turned back to the television in time to see a man step in front of the camera and begin drinking from the bottle of bleach.
I couldn’t watch. There was no question that he was dying. I turned off the television, took a deep breath, and walked outside to weed the garden.
Next time, discover selfies: