Friday Fictioneers: Now We’re Cooking

friday-fictioneersIt’s Friday Fictioneers, my favorite writing challenge each week! Rochelle Wisoff-Fields runs this band of merry writers, posting a weekly photo prompt for us. Using the photo for inspiration, participants are asked to write a 100-word story, with a beginning, middle and end. It’s a wonderful challenge with lots of interesting outcomes. Check out other participants here.

This week, I saw the prompt and knew instantly where I would go. This week’s story plays off of a post from two weeks ago. Check it out here.  As always, I appreciate any feedback. Please check out Tales From the Motherland on Facebook. Hit like (because it’s a nice thing to do), and feel free to leave me a comment or thought. * It would be great if I could remember to add my link to the list! I was excited to get in early this week, but forgot to link up. Arrgh.

My story this week is 100 words, exactly.

Image: Janet M. Webb

Image: Janet M. Webb

I held the peppers, feeling their waxy smoothness, and debated which to use. Dinner hardly mattered, and meant everything, simultaneously.  Jim would be home tonight, and we’d finally talk.

Since finding emails documenting his affair, and our fight on the beach, we’d barely spoken. His arrogance and insensitivity stunned me; drenching rain mirrored my flooded emotions.  Shopping, I practiced the right words to end our marriage.

I’d been a fool; now I was locked and loaded. I’d hired the best pit-bull attorney, his indiscretions were filed, and I would season his spaghetti sauce with the peppers that burned the most.

About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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81 Responses to Friday Fictioneers: Now We’re Cooking

  1. MissTiffany says:

    Nice continuation on “Pecked to Death”! I liked this one too. The last sentence has a lot of zing. 😉


  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    So clever and creative. Love it!


  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I loved this installment of the story, especially: “Shopping, I practiced the right words to end our marriage.” Wonderfully clever, Dawn!


  4. Julie says:

    Oh my god, that was awesome.


  5. howanxious says:

    It started off with such a romantic tone and then turned into something else entirely. 🙂
    I loved that last line.


  6. The Waiting says:

    I hope she tossed some seeds in too. ;D Great post, as always.


  7. Heehee! Revenge is sweet! or should I say HOT!!!! I hope she bought some ghost peppers…. 😉
    Loved your story!


  8. I think she’s going to pick the hottest peppers available! Good one, Dawn!


  9. Lock and load and take no prisoners!! Fabulous ending- caught me by surprise.


  10. Sandra says:

    ‘locked and loaded’ ‘pit-bull attorney’. Great phrases – enjoyed this.


  11. MrBinks says:

    Vicious, I like it!


  12. kz says:

    well, good for her! ^^ great story. i also loved the phrases ‘locked and loaded’ and ‘pit-bull attorney’ 🙂


  13. Dear Dawn,

    I like her style! I hope dinner burns like hell and she keeps a cool head as she takes him for everything he’s not worth.

    One note: I think “debated” would work better in the first sentence.

    Good job.




  14. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Dawn,

    Going to be a hot time coming and going. Sometimes I wonder why men get married at all, considering how evil women can be. Why can’t they just shoot us and be done with it? But, I guess men get married because they are confused a lot of the time, what with two brains and all and neither of them very smart.

    Great story. Still laughing here.




  15. Mike Lince says:

    NO – Not hot peppers! Oh God – you must really hate him! Well, he was a bastard so I guess he has it coming. This story reads well and invites you to keep going. I hope you do because I love reading your stuff. – Mike


  16. Adam Ickes says:

    If insanely hot is what she’s after, she needs to use the ghost pepper.


  17. Helena Hann-Basquiat says:

    Do make sure to spike his coffee with syrup of ipecac, darling. Actually, on second thought, don’t. It’s really awful. Not that I have first hand experience or anything…


  18. Oooo, that will be revenge at both ends!! As someone who’s fostered pit bulls, though, I have to kindly say that most pit bulls are so loving that you wouldn’t want anyone to be like them if you want that person to be aggressive. 🙂 All the pits I’ve known just want to jump on your lap and be loved and loving, not what you want in a divorce attorney (unless he’s your next date!)



    • Janet, I feel badly… I know you’re right, and this clich clearly did a disservice to Rosie, the pit I know at our dog park. Somehow it didn’t work with dalmatian, chiweenie, labradoodle, golden… but your point is a good one. I am a dog lover and appreciate your kind feedback. Thanks for taking the time! 🙂


  19. As a previously scorned woman I held a cheshire grin throughout your tale.


  20. zookyworld says:

    Revenge is a dish best served spicy. Really spicy with a lot of habanero peppers. She’s a sharp one, with the peppers and pit-bull attorney. Great story of the scorned woman taking action.


  21. Dan Hennessy says:

    I didn’t like it on the first reading . Then….. it’s good ! ” ….peppers that burned the most” I like . Great pointed finish . Reminds me of a poem I read decades ago that ended ” heart darts I never expected” . End with a stab . Intensive . Hot. Well done .


    • Dan, I have enjoyed your support over time, and I respect your honesty here. Not every story is good to every reader, and I appreciate your perspective upon the first reading. I’m glad you took the time to read it again, and ended up liking it. Thanks for that! The line “heart darts I never expected,” is fantastic! Very poignant, and powerful. Thanks so much for sharing.


  22. Lynda says:

    Oh! How I wish I could have done that, but the chicken was hiding out at his mommie’s house in Washington at the time… This was great, Dawn! Off to read the tie in now.


  23. I really like hot peppers though, SO BRING IT ON! Oh, wait, I didn’t do anything. Well, hope you got him good!


  24. vbholmes says:

    Glad you decided against the peppers–the scorned wife is always the first to be suspected. Fun story.


  25. Great detail in this story: the waxy feel of the peppers, the fight on the beach, the use of the rain as your flooded emotions and in the end you stayed in the realm of reality, not planning to poison his dinner, just burn his gullet a bit and then burn his wallet legally. Well done.


    • Thanks! I’m not very good at fantasy, but realism is my friend. 😉 I really appreciate your thoughtful feedback and critique. I”m honored that you picked up these details and liked the story. Hope you’ll stop back, and check out other posts.


  26. annisik51 says:

    But after one sip he’ll stop eating. Fairly puny as far as revenge goes! I’d suggest re-writing this and have her liquidise a pepper, squeeze a little onto a sensitive zone of a pair of his underpants, then video his reaction – which will I suggest closely resemble a hoppi war dance – stick the video on You Tube and watch it go viral. 🙂


  27. Oooh ya!
    Very scary lady.
    AnElephant loves this!


  28. JackieP says:

    I hope he likes his special dinner. Now that’s a woman after my heart. She knows how to deal with a cheating spouse. 🙂


  29. Revenge is a dish best served piping hot


  30. rheath40 says:

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.


  31. DCTdesigns says:

    Locked N Loaded indeed. He’s lucky she is only using hot peppers. If he had seen “Something to Talk About” with Julia Roberts he should fear the sauce. Great Story.


  32. pattisj says:

    And ruin a perfect plate of spaghetti for a jerk? I’d have gone with the poison mushrooms. 😉


  33. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Love the voice of this piece! Great job capturing the hurt and the revenge and the simmering rage. 🙂



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