Lunch Around the World

Jason spreads the quilt underneath the grapevines. It has grown since their wedding night seven years ago, stitched together with the flags of countries and cities they had visited each anniversary, starting with Seville, Spain on their honeymoon.

“Everyone goes to Paris,” he had whispered to her as he kissed the top of her hand. “Let’s take a boat ride along the Guadalquivir, watch the Torre del Oro reflect golden yellow on the river’s surface.”

This year, they decide on a domestic vacation, a picnic in the foothills of North Carolina.

Maya kneels on the Costa Rican flag, places the basket at the center of Japan. Jason pours the wine over Morocco while Maya spreads the toast, Swiss cheese, and jar of jelly across Canada, Chile, and Bermuda.

“Shouldn’t we have grapes too?” Maya asks.

“They’re right above you,” Jason says chuckling. “Pick the ripest muscadine you can find. We’ll bite into it together.”

word count: 154

—Nortina


Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is a weekly challenge where you write a story in 100-150 words (give or take 25 words) using the provided photo prompt as inspiration.

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© Vanessa Rodriguez
© Vanessa Rodriguez

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9 thoughts on “Lunch Around the World

  1. What an utterly charming story. Your idea of the flag blanket is so unique and delightful. I haven’t read anything I have enjoyed so much in a long time. So few words with such great success. Thanks for the lovely start to my day! 🙂

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