Words I had to look up
Erin Scruggs: psaltery
This was the entry that caught the eye of the agent for the 101 Things I Learned in Culinary School
These were the entries that stood out for me
“…our daily bread...”I love these kinds of stories with a twist ending!
Her leg grown numb, Blanch shifted Pumpkin to the pew, enabling escape. Blanch snatched her daughter’s dress, but Pumpkin slithered out of it.
“Amen.” All eyes opened to see Pumpkin tugging the altar cloth, raining candlesticks.
“This altar’s not for climbing.” The pastor held the almost-naked preschooler at arm’s length. People rushed to stomp out flames.
“Kick, ‘n’ if ‘e don’t leggo, kick again,” Pumpkin yelled.
“Pumpkin, you apologize!”
Pumpkin grinned. “I sorry.”
“It won’t happen again,” Blanch effronted.
Outside, he waited.
“Three Rolexes and a diamond bracelet. Stockbroker’s funeral in Waxahachie Thursday?”
“We’ll be there.”
Melanie Sue Bowles
“You’ve cut the bread too thin. We’ll need another loaf.”How could I resist non-refundable Chef-Zilla!
He shook his head while I suppressed a sigh. Some retreat. It was supposed to be Zen, but it was more like hell with Chef-Zilla. Nonrefundable hell.
My jaw hurt from clenching. I turned back to the stove. “No, no!” he shouted. “Don’t salt the water till after it boils.”
He set the eggs I’d bought in a bowl of cold water. They floated. “These are old,” he growled. “Can’t put them in.” He turned his back to me, muttering, shaking his head.
“But I can put the knife in.”
John Davis Frain
Benedict allowed a smile. The coldest of cases, cracked.Reliably hilarious, this made me laugh.
Horses altering the crime scene hadn’t helped , but Benedict persevered.
“Amazing,” his Colonel said. “How?”
“Each effort brought us closer. Now, we have our suspect. This leggy fella.”
Sanders’ chin dropped. “The gingerbread man? How’d he hold the knife-—the piece of evidence we withheld from the public.”
“A red herring, sir.”
Sanders nodded. “Always thought it was self-inflicted.”
Benedict shook his head. “Turns out, he didn’t fall. Using Virtual Reconstructive Technology, we rebuilt him. Extracted DNA off his back.”
“Yes. Humpty was pushed. Alert the king’s men.”
Long-suffering brides choked the store’s dressing rooms. I wasn’t a bride, but I’d suffered plenty.This just cracked me up.
“It’s like I’m wearing a chef’s hat,” Sophie whined.
I handed her a gown with a puffy chiffon skirt. “This one?”
A pause. “Too bippity-boppity-boo.”
I sighed. “We should try this some other time.”
“Don’t be so salty. Bring the egg-colored one.”
I shoved it through the door just before she closed the knob.
“Ready now?” If she didn’t like it, I’d look for a knife to put us both out of our misery.
“Yes. It’s perfect,” she sighed. “Now if only he’ll propose.”
Love that last line that twists the whole story.
And of course, knowing the frenzy that was the bridal gown sale in Filene's basement, this story resonated.
“Six cups bread flour.”
“Six? Yeesh. Got it.”
“One tablespoon salt.”
“Tablespoon salt, got it.”
“Three tablespoons sugar.”
“Three. One package yeast.”
“Same as a small cake, yeh?”
“Yes. Two cups warm water. Two eggs.”
“Two and two, got it. That all, chef?”
“All but the meat. With a boning knife, prepare the dragon.”
“With a boning knife, prepare the knight, got it.”
“Unfunny, caller. DRA. GON.”
“But isn’t this the Knights Recipes hotline?”
“Yes! Surely you didn’t think—”
“Wait. You mean--?”
“Let’s pretend this call never happened.”
“This call never happened. Got it.”
I'm STILL laughing at this one.
You can tell I needed the comedy this week.
All the entries that stood out were pretty comic.
These contests really are an illustration of the subjective nature of the sport.
Some weeks I go for the macabre others for twisty turns, this week for comedy.
Thanks to all of you who posted entries for this contest, and waited so long for the results!
There are TWO winners: Colin Smith chosen by the Author's Team, and Beth Carpenter for the Shark Team.
Colin, let me know if your address has changed.
Beth, I don't think I have your mailing address. Drop me a line, and I'll get you a book in the mail.
Yes, I think I'm going to the post office this week!!!
Results for the Wallaby flash fiction contest are scheduled for noon today.