Drabble: The Apprentice’s Bread Story
The master taps the bread, then lets it fall to the table with a thump. The master pins the apprentice with a glare. The apprentice winces.
“Am I teaching you to make bread or rocks?” The master tosses the bread into the fire. The firewood cracks on impact. “Again.”
The next attempt is not any better. The shell of the bread is brittle and cracks too easily, and the inside oozes out like raw egg. The master forces the apprentice to eat the ooze, and the apprentice spends the rest of the day unable to eat anything else.
It takes the apprentice three months to bake a bread that is passable. The master instructs the apprentice to continue practising the basic bread and starts a new recipe.
The apprentice’s first attempt looks like slime in a basket.
“Again.” The master tosses it into the fire.
By now, failure is an old friend. The apprentice begins his new dough.
Success will come eventually.