A couple of weeks ago, the 24th prompt from online writing group Tuesday Tales was ‘pie’. I was on holiday so didn’t get it done in time but wanted to do it anyway.
Tuesday Tales provides a new prompt each week, the members write a story inspired by it and post it on our blogs / websites. Then we email the link and first two or three sentences to Jean Joachim. She then posts them on the Tuesday Tales blog (on a Tuesday ), gives us the link then we go out and shout about it. So, without further ado, here is my 670-worder, inspired by Roald Dahl’s Fat Chance (and I’ve given my characters the actors’ names).
They try to with the food
“Thank you, John.”
“Oh yes… it’s still warm. Well done you.”
“Shall I put the kettle on?”
“That would be lovely.”
“Right you are.”
Miriam knew the pie would taste even better with the tea but didn’t want it to get cold so took a bite and savoured it until she heard the kettle boil.
“Are you not having any tea, John?”
“I have to go back to work.”
“We’re a doctor down so I’ve been seeing more patients, more paperwork. Don’t wait up.”
Had Miriam looked out the window or waved her husband goodbye from the front door, she would have seen him turn left instead of right as he should have done to go to the surgery. Of course John knew she’d still be sitting on the sofa as she did every Monday and Thursday evening when he brought her cherry pie.
“That was wonderful.”
“When are you going to leave Miriam?”
“Soon, my darling.
“You know I have a business trip next week.”
“I do and I shall miss you dreadfully.”
“Of course. You know I only want to be with you.”
“Then leave her.”
“While I’m away. If you’ve not left her when I come back then we’re over.”
“I mean it.”
“Yes, my darling.”
“While I’m away.”
“Hello, Doctor Castle.”
“Do you have…?”
“I do, sir. You did want this strength, didn’t you?”
“They’re quite lethal in the wrong hands.”
“Just as well they’re in mine.”
“Fair point. There we are then.”
“Thank you, McNeill.”
“Good day, sir.”
“Goodie. Do you have it?”
“I have, Miriam, still warm.”
“Thank you, dear.”
“Work again, tonight?”
“Not tonight, no. I thought I might go to the club though.”
“You do work so hard.”
“You don’t mind?”
“Not at all. There’s a really good program about dung beetles just about to start.”
“That’s nice dear. I’ll make you a cup of tea first though, yes?”
“Not tonight, John, not thirsty.”
“…Not hungry either,” she said when she heard the front door slam.
The program it turns out was less interesting than Miriam had hoped and she’d swiftly fallen asleep only to be disturbed by a visitor who hadn’t stayed long.
“It’s last orders, Doctor Castle, would you like another?”
“Better not, Derek.”
“Will we be seeing you tomorrow for the bridge match?”
“I’m not sure. I’ll know better when I get home.”
“Not a problem, Doctor Castle. Have a good night, sir.”
“Thank you, Derek.”
John Castle quietly let himself into his house and crept into the lounge. He smiled when he saw his wife sprawled across the sofa, eyes firmly shut. He looked at the coffee table and saw no pie.
He was leaning over her when her eyes sprang open and she screamed. He backed away just as violently.
“John! What were you doing?”
“Oh God! Er… sorry Miriam. I thought I saw…”
“I don’t know, something moving, I’m not sure.”
“I think it’s gone.”
“Was your pie, nice?”
“I don’t know.”
“Oh? You’ve not eaten it yet?”
“I wasn’t hungry.”
“Never mind. You could have it now. I’ll put the kettle on.”
“For lunch tomorrow then.”
“If you buy me another.”
“I wasn’t hungry so I gave it away.”
“Gave it.. away? There was someone here?”
“Only for a few minutes. Was in a hurry. Had to catch a plane.”
“A business trip, she said.”
John swallowed hard. “She?”
“Oh, yes. Sheila, one of your receptionists. Said she wanted an update on something…”
“And you gave her the pie?”
“I didn’t think you’d mind. I wasn’t hungry and you know what aeroplane food is like. If they don’t kill you with the turbulence, they try to with the food.”
The links to the earlier prompts, and resulting stories, and the forthcoming prompts can be found on this blog’s Tuesday Tales page. Do go and check out the Tuesday Tales blog – it’s a wonderful idea supported by talented writers.
So, not only can you read these stories but you could also write your own using the prompts given each week. There’s no word count limit. Single-word prompts are something I regularly give my Monday night workshop and it’s amazing how different our stories can be.
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