Write a story where a meal or dinner goes horribly wrong.
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“TEARY CHRISTMAS AND A LOUSY NEW YEAR ” by YASMEEN NAA KWALEY QUARTEY
Not to sound so cliché but it turns out, just like in most homes, Christmas is the most pleasant holiday of all. There is a lot to eat, there is everyone to laugh and talk with, there are presents to exchange and presents to open, and exhilarating of all is… it’s the only time of the year Grandma Meg doesn’t find weary to travel all the way to our home. Oops… I think I forgot a detail – who Grandma Meg is. Grandma Meg is...
“"It look's like we're on our own now."” by Kirrtanaa Thanesh
I helped her mom to slice up some apples. Aunt Dorothy was coming for lunch in an hour and everything had to be perfect. Aunt Dorothy was the fussy type and she liked getting her way. I glanced at her little brother Cal who was stirring a bowl and every so often, out a finger inside and licked it. “Cal!” I said. “You shouldn’t eat the cake mixture. We won’t have enough then.”
“Gram Lenn's Cornbread” by S.E. Reed
There are various times throughout a woman’s life when she gets nostalgic. Like around the holidays or at the birth of a new baby or with the passing of a loved one. She can’t help it. She’s just wired that way. (I should know, I’m a Neurosurgeon). For me, the nostalgia is strongest when I smell cornbread. The savory-sweet perfume carries me home. Back to Savannah-- to nights at Gram Lenn’s house, sweet tea on the wrap-around porch, cousins laughing and racing around the yard, and her famous cornbread in the oven.&...
“46 Million ” by Scott Skinner
It’s the fourth Thursday of November, a day to come together as a family and eat a dead bird, a holiday because America says so.Diane’s seventy and dyes her thinning hair gold. She swims three times a week in a lap pool at a gym she pays eighty dollars a month to attend and is in better health than many other septuagenarians that she knows. When her hair is wet, it looks like lacquer on stained pine wood. When it’s dry, it’s the same color as her golden retriever’s fur. She lives alone with a dog named Chomper. When people ask Dian...
“The Spouse Summoning Hat” by Amanda Fox
“Put on the Hat, Macy.” I sighed heavily and gave one last puppy dog stare at my parents. My mom didn’t look even a little bit chagrined as she plopped the giant purple sombrero unceremoniously on my head. “Can’t we stop with this stupid hat?” My face burned with embarrassment, and I hadn’t even set foot outside of the house. My mother gasped. “It’s a family tradition!”
“When Nobody Likes the In-Laws ” by Emily Bronte
When my parents said they were flying in for a couple weeks this summer to visit the kids, I had no idea they meant the exact same week my in-laws were. I mean, I love my parents like life itself, but they really could have just picked another week. My parents, and my husband Eric’s parents, didn’t really get off to a good start with each other when we were dating. We were fresh out of high school, and my
“Max Kraner Goes Fishing” by Keith Manos
Max Kraner had already changed his table at Chilli’s once. Who wants to sit by the kitchen with all the servers going in and out? Plates and glasses clanking. No, he wanted their table to be perfect: some dim lighting and a female server because he knew he couldn’t compete with those thin-waisted, blond guys who always seemed to work in restaurants like this. Next to him, a family ate meatloaf and chicken...
“The most embarrassing couple of the evening” by Anupama Iyer
“For the last time, Ryan, stop moving the plate! It was perfect just where it was two seconds ago,” Misha said.“Okay, okay,” Ryan said, taking two deep breaths, “I’m just over-thinking this, right?”Misha looked at him softly, thinking about the last time she heard him ask this question, which was just about ten minutes ago.“Probably, yes. But if I was the one constructing a fancy-fancy dinner from scratch for my boss, well, I would have been way worse than you are right now,” she said.Ryan sighed. He gave the t...
“Nothing Like A Good Meal” by Ramona Taylor
Nothing Like a Good Meal The eye of round roast had cooked in the slow cooker with pearl onions, baby carrots,button mushrooms and a cup of red wine. I arrived home from work on Saturday night and as quickly as I could, I peeled a five pound sack of potatoes and put them on to boil, prepped salad with lettuce and cucumber from my garden, and slid a casserole dish of veggies in cheese sauce into the oven. ...
“Divine Amnesia” by Babika Goel
Disclaimer: The names, characters, and events portrayed in this story are fictitious. Resemblance to actual people (alive or dead) or locations is unintentional.***Ari’s phone rang a sixth time. He had recognized the area code: it was from Heaven. Who could it be but big brother Yudi thought Ari and instead of picking it up, he just stood staring at its screen, frozen to the spot, still undecided whether to pick or let it go.As the ringing died down, he heard the buzz...
“Disastrous Date” by Z. A.
Cassidy was glad today was her day off. It got her enough time to do the housework and also be ready for tonight. Tonight, Jamie was going to take her out. During these two weeks, both of them were super busy, and they had no time to spend together. After two long weeks, she was finally going to spend some quality time with her boyfriend. If it was up to Cassidy a night in at her or Jamie’s place would be enou...
“ROCK STAR” by Theresa Anna
“Have you heard dad’s new album?” Kate smiled stiffly at her brother from across the white granite island as she took a sip of her champagne, her mouth instantly infused with bitterness. “You know I didn’t.” Jason looked at her, bemused. “Why not? It’s your kind of music.” Kate studied him—the boy who considered himself a man now just because he wore cologne and suits instead of lounge pants and jers...
“Dining At Anducci's” by Hans B
Blood dripped from the table onto the floor. The pool increased with every drop. The pool began to trickle following the pale grout lines of the light tan tiled floor. It outlined each square as it traveled. The slumped body was half sitting on an antique wooden chair at the end of the table. The air was thick with the smell of iron that didn’t move from the dead breeze. The flies would soon come and fill the air with th...
“The Picnic” by Tricia Shulist
THE PICNIC It was all over the news. Everyone was warned to stay inside. There had been an incident at the zoo. Well, more than an incident, actually. The entire zoo had been emptied out, and all the animals were roaming free — from the smallest animal to the largest. From the most docile to the most aggressive. Herbivores, omnivores, and most concerning, carnivores. All...
“When Aldric saw his Dad at the dinner table ” by Manzar I
So you're taking cappuccino or a cold brew coffee? A cappuccino would do, my cupcake!, Aldric replied Come on stop being so cute, i'll get our drinks, Liam said. Here, cappuccino for you and a latté for me, what would be more good than two lovers enjoying the sunset in the beautiful garden and some coffee, am i right Aldric? Abostely Li, I just love this beautiful evening, its just me, you and the birds c...
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