#atozchallenge, P is for Peanut…

Paige stood at the stove, heating oil, adding chopped vegetables and chicken, stirring to make sure everything was cooked perfectly.  The rice needed a little more time and she hoped Dennis was late. His anger could escalate quickly, especially if he’d had a “bad” day.

The bruise where he’d last kicked her stomach was fading but she feared for the baby he didn’t want.  Her hands shook as she set the table, cleaned the kitchen, hid ingredients away.

After they began eating, Dennis clutched his throat.  She moved out of reach as he struggled for breath.  “Peanuts?”  Paige nodded.  “Oil.”

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My theme this year is 100 word fiction.  (So, no, don’t count this line!)

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28 responses

  1. Great short story, nice twist there at the end 👏🏼

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    1. Thank you, Kim! It’s hard to convey the seriousness of the situation in so few words!

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      1. I imagine it would be but you’ve done an excellent job!

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  2. I can see her getting away with it too. ‘I didn’t realise….’ Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks, it’s hard to convey the seriousness of the subject in so few words, I didn’t want to make it humorous this time!

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  3. Boom!!!! Poetic justice! Love it! (This one has book potential too – the lead up to this incident and the fallout afterwards!)

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    1. Thanks, Meg. I was hoping I wasn’t treating the subject too lightly, it’s hard to explain too much in 100 words, as you well know!

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      1. Not at all. You gave us enough information to know Dennis was no good – kicking his pregnant wife in the stomach?!? Definitely got what he deserved!

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  4. This was great – the twist especially. It’s hard to get caught up in such a short story, but I definitely got caught up in this one!

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    1. Thanks, I may try to expand some of these later!

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  5. Great twist. Didn’t see that one coming. 🙂

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      1. You’re very welcome!

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  6. Way to go, Paige. Go take a shower and then call 9-1-1. Omigosh! What’s happened? I had no idea, Detective…

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    1. Thank goodness she kept her wits about her!

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  7. Love when someone gets what he deserves…!

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  8. Without a doubt, what she did was so wrong–and it feels so right! I love the word “hid” as it makes it clear that her actions were purposeful. Great piece.

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I did add that at the end. I wanted her to be somewhat at the end of her rope, knowing she had to do something, but very afraid of him and making a misstep he would use against her!

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  9. Great telling! That last kick must have woken up her inner Mama Bear. Good.

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  10. This was a depressing story before the ending. You are quite outstanding with these 100 word stories. You are excellent with the surprise twisted endings. 😉

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