The Road Ahead
“Here” , the old man said, “have a taste”.
“What is it?” I asked.
The old man looked very much like Scatman Crothers in his role as 'Halloran' in Stanley Kubrick’s 'The Shining’. He offered me a broad smile as he handed me a candy bar, shaped like a miniature free-way, made out of chocolate — there were gritty curbs and a line across the middle.
“The Road Ahead” , he said.
“Go on” , he insisted, “have a bite”.
The taste was a surprising cascade of flavours. It was sweet, sour, salty, bitter and crunchy, reminiscent of Masterchef Australia judges demanding that every dish submitted to them be “jam-packed-full-of-flavour”.
“It’s amazing”, I told him around a mouthful of candy bar.
“It’s not so bad” , he said, “The Road Ahead”.
Andrea Pronk-De Palm is a freelance editor and a writer. She was born and raised in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she currently lives with her husband — a fellow writer — and their rescue Amstaff, running their creative business together. Andrea has been writing stories since she could read. Having been an editor and blogger for the first crowdsourced online publisher in The Netherlands for years, Andrea’s medium of choice is online — where she can be found almost everywhere.