An Unfortunate Case of Garlic Breath (a five-minute #freewrite)

I wrinkled my nose and peered around the room. Everything was clean and shone with the flawless gleam of a hospital floor. The carpets were fresh, there was no food left out, and the bin had been emptied that morning. Where the hell was that smell coming from?

A cold wetness touched my leg and made a panting sound.

“Hey Roger,” I said, giving Henry’s dachshund a quick scratch between the ears. “Can you smell that?”

Roger made a tiny grunt at the back of his throat and laid his head on my foot.

“Lazy beast.”

He grunted again.

The smell was closer. Raising an eyebrow, I lifted up the tablecloth and stared at Roger.

“It’s you,” I accused. “Dude, you have the worst garlic breath in the history of dog-kind. What are you doing eating garlic, you mutt?”

Roger rolled over onto his back and pawed the air, then grunted again.

“Henry,” I yelled. “Your dog has garlic breath.”

“Yeah, bastard ate my lasagna this morning.”

“Yeah, well he’s stinkin’ up my kitchen,” Roger licked my toe in his sleep. “And slurpin’ at me with that garlic tongue.”

“It’s all good, sweetie. Throw him in a trolley and we’ll take him to the cleaners.”

“What, like a rug?”

Henry appeared in the doorway with a towel wrapped around his body and another wrapped around his head in a hair turban.

“Yeah?” he shrugged.

“Can’t you just, like, brush his teeth or something?”

“It’s garlic,” he stood aback with a horrified grimace. “I don’t think so.”



Helloooo, it’s Day 720 of @mariannewest’s five-minute #freewrite! The prompt for today is — garlic breath — but I also incorporated yesterday’s prompt of — dachshund — and this is what I came up with before the eggtimer website beep-a-beeped at me. πŸ™‚

Nothing too exciting, but, eh. I’m writing!! That’s all that matters. πŸ˜€

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