Deborah Goulding is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.) Without further ado, here’s the winning story:
by Deborah Goulding
“Oh yeah, you know who I’m talking about, “ Delaney chimes to Maryann, her so-called friend. “Thanks to you, I’m in hot water with the group!” Pausing with great restraint, words stay put, in the back of her throat.
“Whatever are you talking about, my delusional, sensitive friend? I am going on second hand information, so it has to be correct!”
“Stirring the pot, is your mantra. Why can’t you try stirring a pot with a homemade, effort-filled and labor-intense meal for once?” All you do is start trouble, shooting off your mouth, Maryann!” Delaney has had it up to here, her hands rising upward in a quick swift jerk.
Maryann delves into the cheeseboard meant for the group’s wine tasting this evening. She knows to arrive early, to gobble up everything in sight. Smirking, knowing this will also set off Delaney.
Quietly asking, almost unheard between smacking her chops, “Delaney, hmm wait,” as she scarfs another slice of salami, “if I make you dinner tomorrow, will you then hush your mouth?”