Monthly Prompt: February 2021
Dainties used: Baggie (Community), Shay (Community), Chante (Community)Synopsis: Aren't chocolate chip cookies just so yummy?Shay blinked their eyes open and stood up. They stretched before walking out of their room. A quick glance around told them that Baggie and Chante were probably still asleep. They couldn’t exactly blame them, what with the talent show recently, none of them had been sleeping too well.Well, since those two hadn’t woken up yet, it was on Shay to cook. Everyone told Shay it was a bad idea, but really, how bad could it be? The worst-case scenario was that they dump the food in the trash and go eat out. Right?With that in mind, Shay went to dig through the fridge. There wasn’t too much-they would need to go grocery shopping soon-but they spotted the flour, chocolate chips, and eggs that meant they could try to make cookies. The last time Chante had done it and it had come out beautifully despite the pathetic amount of flour, so surely Shay would be able to do the same. After all, according to Chante all you have to do was to take the cookies out after the right amount of time. That sounded pretty easy. Shay was bad at cooking, but not bad enough to mess that up.Well, that was what they thought.Shay dumped a good portion of flour, eggs, and water-in that order-into a mixing bowl after washing it. They did know basic hygiene, at least. They then stood there, pondering what the next step was. Mixing it, right?Well, the only viable way they see to mix something was the smoothie blender in the corner of the kitchen. Shay was basically banned from using it, but then again, Chante and Baggie weren’t awake and they had no idea what else they could do.And so, Shay dumped the mixture into the smoothie blender, closed it, and turned it on.A loud buzz and fierce vibrations came from the smoothie maker. And then, all of a sudden, the smoothie blender stopped. Shay peered in and sucked in a deep breath.Bits and pieces of solid dough hung off the sides of the blades, jamming it and stopping it from moving. Still more mush covered the inside of the blender. Shay winced fiercely. It seemed like that was not what they were supposed to do. But then what were they meant to do?“Shay? What...did you do?” Someone asked from the entrance to the kitchen. Shay turned around awkwardly to see a clearly frustrated but not too angry-looking Chante.“Um...The blender may have been broken.” Shay reported sheepishly. “I thought that was how you made cookies?”Chante took in a deep breath like they were talking to a toddler. “No. I make it using my hands.” They explained, demonstrating the motion. “It makes the flour and stuff stick together and make dough. Something along those lines.” Chante didn’t give the full explanation of how dough works.“Oh.” Shay looked down nervously. “...Sorry.”“It’s fine, I understand.” Chante told them. “In any case, we should probably go outside to get something instead, since...” They nodded to the open fridge. “We’re a little short on supplies.”Just then, Baggie appeared. “Yo, guys! Who wants to eat chocolate cookies for breakfast?” They called cheerfully, before spotting the broken smoothie blender.For a full minute, Baggie stared at the blender while Chante and Shay stared at Baggie. Then, Baggie broke into a huge smile. “Nice, you had the same idea as me! My parents just recommended this amazing bakery that apparently sells great chocolate chip cookies, do you guys want to come with me to check it out?” That ended up being the breakfast plan. It wasn’t healthy, but it was just for a day so Shay rationalised it was fine. Besides, Shay was after all the one responsible for breaking the smoothie blender. Therefore, everyone agreed to make Shay pay for the cookies.Baggie guided the group to the bakery, where Shay paid and everyone picked up the cookies. They gathered outside of the bakery, where the customers had claimed as a non-official extension to the bakery for those wanting to eat there, and nibbled away at the cookies.Baggie wasn’t wrong, Shay reflected. The cookies tasted amazing. Each chocolate chip was evenly spread out, so each bite they took brought in the same amount of flavour. The chocolates were dark chocolate, so not too sweet, and the bitterness was well-balanced out. The cookies themselves were crunchy and crispy, making a satisfying sound every time you take a bite without being too hard on one’s teeth. Really, Shay was kind of surprised they didn’t find this sooner with how much they all liked eating chocolate chip cookies.“This bakery is doing pretty well for something that opened yesterday.” Baggie commented, sending both Chante and Shay gasping.“It opened YESTERDAY?” Chante exclaimed.“Yup! My parents are friends with the manager. So we got informed in the middle of the night yesterday, but I only saw the message today.” Baggie explained. “These guys make some of the best chocolate chip cookies I know of. Look at how much people are already coming just in the morning! My parents probably put up a poster or something outside their shops. I’m really glad to see how well it’s doing though!” They beamed, or at least the other two guessed they did since they were still wearing that paper bag. Baggie was stubbornly eating the cookies from the gap underneath the bag.“That’s great! We can come here to eat more whenever we want!” Shay exclaimed in excitement, wolfing down the second-last cookie in the bag. They then watched with despair as Chante snatched up the last cookie and ate it.“Do you guys want to go get more?” Baggie suggested, nodding to the bakery.Chante pulled a face. “Did the guy pay your parents to advertise the bakery or something?” They remarked jokingly, sending the other two into laughter as they headed back into the bakery. Baggie wasn’t wrong, this place was amazing!