Fiction - short story - Bon Appetit - Part VI
By Judy Evans
March 20, 2017 9:02am CST
Here is Part VI, the final instalment of a comic short story which I'm entering for a competition. Click on any of the green boxes at the top of the post and you'll get taken to the other parts. Bon Appetit We did have one rather unfortunate incident. Quentin made a cassoulet in my lovely locally-hand-made pottery dish. It was a large dish and not one I could usually afford to buy. However the potter was closing his business and I was able to buy this beautiful dish for a very reasonable sum. However after being in the oven for a while, the gas ran out so Quentin thought he'd finish it off in the gas barbecue not realising that sitting the dish on the red-hot bars of the grill wasn't going to be a good idea. My lovely bowl cracked across the bottom and I was quite devastated. Quentin had to clean up after himself that night. We had to buy a few new pots and a new frying pan. Getting Quentin past a kitchenware shop involved a great deal of cunning. A buxom beauty on the other side of the street was handy on such occasions but they weren't always available. Quentin is a dab hand now and we have some lovely dinner parties. I was supposed to start a data base of who we invited when and what we gave them but there are some things even I draw the line at. I didn't retire just to manipulate Excel spreadsheets after every dinner party we have. I still cook from time to time. He loves my Chow Mein Mince but I’m always careful to get rid of the ‘Casserole Base’ packet before he spots it. Then I can say, off-handedly, “Oh, it’s just my secret ingredient”. So the French cookbook eventually led to a highly satisfactory outcome. I rarely cook a meal now although I enjoy some wonderful dishes. And we’re both living happily ever after. © Judy Evans
Here is Part V of a comic short story which I'm entering for a competition. Click on any of the green boxes at the top of the post and you'll get taken to the...
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• Sutton, England
21 Mar 17
I thoroughly enjoyed this series Judy and had a great laugh. I would have liked to have seen how Adam and Eve left the plot. Quentin obviously didn't need them anymore apart from clearing up properly. I hope you win the competition as you have a wonderful talent for story telling.
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Mar 17
@silvermist Yes, that's true. In the end, before putting it up here, I cut out a few introductory-type paragraphs. I don't want it to be a whole lot shorter than 2500 which is the limit but I don't want to just pad it out either.