Taking a Day off Home Chores


It is a small house in the middle of a residential block in Vitalia, a small town in Whereeverland. There live five siblings together-three brothers and two sisters; Alex, Raphel, Alice, Jasmine and Nile. They live together because no one of them can afford separate accomodation. So, only the blood relation was there, no love relation.
Today is Sunday. Calm and quiet like any other Sunday at Jeffreys. Everyone wakes up late. Alex turns on the tv; Raphel joins him. Jasmine starts playing Candy Crush. Nile, youngest of all, 18 year old, is still in bed. The same old routine Sunday it is! But everyone is unaware of what is going to happen to them. Alice is taking a day off!
When Alice grew up, she took over mother’s chores. Mother needed to rest. Soon she realized that there is no one in the house who appreciates what she did for them all day long. She trained herself to work without even getting noticed, just like her mother, but, nearly, a year after her mother’s death, she notices a strange behaviour of her siblings towards her. Before, no one appreciated and for Alice, it was acceptable. But now, everyone is always on his toes to critisize, to question pitty things in the house. She cannot take it no more. That’s why she has decided to stop. Stop whatever she does.
Alice wakes up and turns on her laptop. Updates her blog with a small story. And waits. Waits for the panic to begin. And here it goes!
” I think a cat has done it. The whole wrapper is scratched!” Jasmine’s voice is coming from the kitchen. “Yeah, no one can eat it now.”
“What! I brought it last night. See if it is still eatable”, Raphel jumped out of the sofa and runs to the kitchen.
“Oh yes! It was a cat. I woke uo last night to go to the toilet and there was a cat sitting there in the kitchen.” Alex drag himself to kitchen where everyone seems to gather. ” Raphel! go and fetch another bread!”, Alex ordered.
‘What makes him think he is the King of the house?’ Alice thought. She was still on her laptop, typing and smiling at her own anticipation of what is going to happen next.
“Milk! Milk! We are out of milk too!” ,Alice larks from her room, with an evil grin and goes back to her blogging. Nile has waken up.He is in bathroom now. Alice is deeply indulged in whatever she is scriblling. Jasmine is crushing candies on Facebook, again. Alex is watching some political news on tv. Raphel has gone to buy milk and bread.
After a few minutes, someone knocks at the gate. Alice knows Raphel is back. No one goes to open the door. Alice plugs in the laptop charger, opens the gate, takes the milk and bread and goes straight into the kitchen. She boils milk, take out 4 slices of bread. ‘Small-sized bread’ ha!’, she smiles. She beats an egg and makes tea.
Breakfast is ready, but today only for Alice. She has not even cleaned the kitchen last night. Pile of unwashed dishes was lying in the sink. She comes out with her toasts, scrambled egg and a nice hot cup of tea. She opens her laptop again and waits for the tornado to hit the kitchen.
“She is not making breakfast”, Jasmine tells Raphel in a low tone while taking out juice and biscuits.
Nile comes out of the bathroom.
“You just make yourself breakast?” he says with somewhat ‘astonishing disappointment’.
“Yes”, she says as if nothing unusual has happened. Niles leaves the room.
“Raphel! Raphel! You did not bought enough bread!”,Alex yells. Raphel is downstairs.
“I have just brought milk and bread!”
“Yes, but it is small bread. Nile is making his breakfast. There is nothing for me!”
Raphel comes upstairs. He cannot believe his anticipation of bread size could go wrong.
“Here is the bread” Raphel shows the packet.
“It is not enough!”
Raphel opens the gate to go to the bakery.
“Fetch an egg too! There is only one egg left. Nile is frying egg for himself. There is no egg for me!” Alex cried as Raphel takes a few steps outside.
‘There is no bread for me! There is no egg for me! Me, me me!’ Alice mimicked slowly and smile. She was enjoying the scene, but deep down in heart she was unhappy. There is no one in all these four who can put a little effort to keep all of us together even just on breakfast table on sundays. She sighed.
After a few minutes Raphel is back. Nile is eating his breakfast. Suddenly a hustle starts outside the room in front of kitchen.
THUD
“Here is the cat!”
“Yes! Yes! It is the same cat”
“Shoo Shoo! ”
“Who gave it milk yesterday? Now, it will coming back”
MEOW
“Shoo Shoo”
Alex and Raphel can be so ridiculuos sometimes. The cat has left. It is quiet now for a few seconds.
Strange sounds starts coming out of the kitchen.
THUD
CLICK
RATTLE
SIZZLE
Silence
Now, the only voice is of some actress coming out of the TV.
Alice feeels to have another cup of tea. She goes to kitchen. It seems like a real tornedo had hit this area. Not a single spoon is clean! She knows she will have to clean all the mess, but not at this time. ‘See how it goes in lunch and dinner’ she makes tea and comes out of the kitchen keeping her smile to herself.

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