Anniversary

“Your dinner’s getting cold,” he said. Using his tongue, he plucked partially chewed steak from between his teeth, then flicked it to the back of his throat and swallowed. “A little chewy.”

She sat across from him. Her head lay on her outstretched arm. Her food was untouched—fork and knife still on the napkin next to the plate.

He shook his head and looked behind him into the kitchen. Black smoke rose from the oven. “You never were the best cook.” He shrugged his shoulders. “It’s a shame because that dress looks stunning on you. I would’ve loved to have taken it off.”

He pushed his plate over the edge. The china shattered against the hardwood floor. He stood behind her, lifted her head and unwrapped the torn hem of the tablecloth from around her neck.

He whispered into her ear, “Looks like I’ll be burying you in it instead.” He let her head drop. It slammed into the dinner plate—a rattling echo—and smeared her makeup in lumpy mashed potatoes.

word count: 173

—Nortina


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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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27 thoughts on “Anniversary

  1. It is scary as with people who do things like this, the victim may not know their nature until the moment where it results in something not very good.
    Very good and creepy story. I enjoyed this!

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  2. Oh dear, she should have left the bastard… I hope she’ll return to haunt him. The way he calmly eats his overcooked steak when he’s just killed her (for an overcooked steak…) is quite chilling, actually. Love the writing!

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    1. He’s definitely too calm. Characteristics of a sociopath, I think, and something she should have recognized before she married him! But I bet she has some “unfinished business” she’ll have to make a ghostly return for. 😉

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  3. The “ordinariness” (if that’s even a word) of their dinner in spite of the fact she’s dead is brilliant! It makes the whole story feel light and almost playful … yet creepy in the same time. Well written!

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  4. He killed her for burning the dinner! LOL! Sorry, but I can’t help but laugh at the mashed potatoes all over her face. I would much rather see them smashed all over his face right before they bury him at the bottom of the ocean. Hahaha!

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