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Jennifer’s Jar – A Short Story

on May 4, 2022
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Jennifer’s Jar

by Dawn Pisturino

On the morning of her tenth birthday, Jennifer received the strangest gift she had ever seen – a large glass jar.

It looks like a mayonnaise jar, Jennifer thought. But why did someone – or something – send it to her?

When she unscrewed the lid and peered inside, she saw nothing at all. Sniffing it produced no odor. The inside of the jar was perfectly dry. She shook it, rolled it, and turned it upside-down. Nothing happened.

All in all, it was an ordinary glass jar with no label on the front or printing on the lid. So, she decided to use it.

“I’ll fill it with water and add blue food coloring,” Jennifer said. “Some plastic fish would look nice. I’ll make an aquarium!”

But when she tried to pour water into the jar, the water wouldn’t go in! It spilled all over the countertop. She used a whole roll of paper towels cleaning it up. And the jar was still empty.

“I’ll fill it with marbles,” Jennifer decided.

She found her brother’s big bag of marbles and tried to pour them into the jar. But the marbles wouldn’t go in! They scattered all over the kitchen floor. It took twenty minutes to find all those marbles and refill the marble bag. And the jar was still empty.

“Oh, well,” Jennifer sighed. “Bobby would probably be mad anyway.”

Sand! How about sand?

For Christmas, Jennifer had received a craft kit filled with different types of colored sand. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it.

Using one of her mother’s kitchen funnels, she tried to pour pink sand into the jar. But the sand wouldn’t go in! It spilled, like pink sugar, all over the countertop. She cleaned it up with a wet dishcloth. And the jar was still empty.

Frustrated, Jennifer threw the dishcloth into the sink. “What am I going to do with an empty glass jar that won’t fill? I may as well throw it away.”

She tossed it into the trashcan, but lo and behold, here it came, bouncing out of the trashcan and into her hands again!

Terrified, Jennifer threw the jar onto the floor, smashing it into a million pieces.

A loud belching noise filled the air, and a small cloud of stinky black smoke rose up from the pieces of glass. “Ugh! Smells like a big fart!” Jennifer cried, pinching her nose. “Smells like Sissy’s poopy diapers! No wonder the jar wouldn’t fill!” As the cloud rose, it grew larger and larger until it was nearly as big as Jennifer herself.

“I’m out of here!” Jennifer yelled as she ran for the front door. But the big, stinky, black cloud followed her. She raced into the front yard, where a gust of wind caught the big, black cloud and spirited it away.

Relieved, Jennifer returned to the kitchen just in time to hear her mother say, “Jennifer, you’re in big trouble this time!”

Dawn Pisturino

2012; May 4, 2022

Copyright 2012-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


33 responses to “Jennifer’s Jar – A Short Story

  1. kvbclarke says:

    Quite a metaphor!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. aparna12 says:

    Wow. This is so interesting. Very well written dear. Loved reading it. 🥰🥰🥰

    Liked by 2 people

  3. love this story Dawn!💖

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Maybe the PVC cement has rendered me simple, but what was in the jar? Guessing not a djinni.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Timothy Price says:

    In trouble indeed. I love it.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. utahan15 says:

    check the plumbing they just seem to keep on coming!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Whoa, Dawn… aren’t you a gifted storyteller! Haha. I laughed when what came out of the jar was just a terrible foul smell 😂. This one is the best piece I’ve read at the beginning of May. I hope the huge thing went away and disappeared. But her mother’s call now leaves us in suspense! 😊 Such a compelling piece.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Dawn, that was an entertaining, surprising, great twist of an ending… I am seriously wondering how that jar got there …for her birthday!! Maybe an exorcism is in the future for her house.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Amazing, interesting, great story! Thank’s for share Dawn.
    Nice day!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. One of those stories that make children shiver with expectations!

    Liked by 2 people

  11. I love the ambiguity of this story. Well done!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. What an amazing, original thought, Dawn! Love it.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Vinny says:

    That’s a great story!

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Stara says:

    Interesting story!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. mk_siddharth says:

    Amazing 👌👌💐

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Abhishek Kumar says:

    Loved the story 😊

    Liked by 2 people

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