©Athena Karantzalis 2016

©Athena Karantzalis 2016

2015 started as another ordinary year. Suzie sat on a ledge on Hawk hill in San Francisco, reading a book. She looked up from her book to absorb the scenery – a clear sky, white-yellow sun’s rays piercing the ocean’s surface, hills upon hills upon streets leading to ornate buildings. The spectacular view invigorated her worldview. She began to ponder the year ahead and realized she could be doing much more productive things with her life. Maybe she could actually write a novel, instead of thinking about writing while watching Netflix. Volunteer at a local food bank, instead of eating all the food she had banked for the week. Study a different language, instead of studying her cat’s body language. She could most certainly change the world. With her compassion and talent, she could do phenomenal things. Suddenly, she was terrified of what might happen should she decide to press a deeper footprint on the hearts of the world. What if she decided to open up her own food bank, and she became the world’s most successful volunteer, immediately projecting her life into fame for her smallest efforts towards improving humanity? Suzie imagined a future that could emerge from just one act of kindness.

She would soon open up her own food bank in San Francisco called Suzie’s Soup. Her name would be everywhere. She will have her own show on the Food Network, “Soup With Suzie” where she serves up soup alongside the likes of Rachel Ray and Mario Vitali. An Instagram and Twitter campaign, #servesoup, causes an obsession of people taking selfies of themselves serving soup. Soon, every household decides to gather all contents of their fridge, puree them in a blender, and turn them into soup to be served at soup kitchens. So many people start donating food that many are driven out of their own homes from

hunger. The homeless abandon their efforts on the streets and form lines miles long to

visit the prestigious original food bank. Cities across the country open their own versions of Suzie’s Soup. Soon, a scandal emerges. One of the food bank volunteers is caught sprinkling amphetamines in the split pea soup, and Suzie is thrown in jail. She is released on bail thanks to the #SaveSuzie Twitter campaign, but her orignal food bank and one hundred and seventy two of its chains shut down. Riots break out in the streets. Businessmen and hipsters alike wander alleys bug-eyed and scratching their faces in pursuit of some doped up soup. Disoriented volunteers bring ladles to lakes and serve ducks slimy swamp soup. The tragedy sweeps the nation, but the UK and part of Czechoslovakia pull together efforts to send the US cans of Chef Boyardee ravioli and Spam. Families in Florida are caught escaping the state on boats bound for Cuba. A national emergency is declared and the DEA orders a ban on all unprocessed fruits and vegetables until the population is sufficiently detoxed. Hospitals are raided. Nuns are subject to full cavity searches. All volunteer efforts cease.

Imagine a tragedy like that? She shivered at the thought. Productivity is overrated. She

smiled and returned to reading her book in the sunshine, perfectly content to leave a considerate, unobtrusive footprint on the world.

©Athena Karantzalis, 2016

Athena Karantzalis became a proud BAWPer in 2014, where her passion for creative writing resurfaced. She is an avid reader of fiction novels but has recently explored the realm of non-fiction. For the past five years, she has taught English and Video Production at her alma mater high school. She wants to write a novel but finds she spends more time eating and thinking about writing than actually writing. She cherishes the beauty of life, and enjoys cooking, watching basketball and baseball, and exploring the wonders of the Bay Area.

2 Responses to “Suzie’s Soup Scandal by Athena Karantzalis”

  1. Αφράτα Πιγκουίνος Says:

    Ahhhhh this is so amazing

  2. K.Land Says:

    Athena, I love this Suzie and her “unobtrusive footprint”.

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