Death-by-Chocolate – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Imagine my surprise when the picture this week is one I sent in. I had intended to skip this round because last week I had so little time to read other stories. But I can’t possibly do that now, so I whipped up a little tale.

The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Image © Moi.


The full moon was rising over the hills and bathing the world in a magical blue light. It was the most romantic evening you could imagine.

Sara thought so, too. She looked over our table on the terrace of the expensive restaurant—it has an excellent view—and then she kissed me.

“Wow,” I said after I wiped the fog off my glasses.

“Wow,” she said when the dessert arrived: death-by-chocolate cake. Then she tucked in.

“I love how you enjoy your food,” I said. “Your love handles are so sexy.”

“You moron,” she hissed, jumped up and ran off.

(100 words)

I pledge

I had Death-By-Chocolate cake once, many years ago. It is pure decadence, I still dream about it. However, I will not discuss my own muffin tops. Nobody’s business. Nope.



109 thoughts on “Death-by-Chocolate – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. Thank you Sandra. I’m glad the photo can tickle stories out of people. A while ago, thanks to FF, I started looking at odd things and old pictures with the thought: that could make a prompt… 🙂 Brainwashed by the Friday Fictioneers.

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  1. Dear Gabi,

    Glad I roped you in this week. 😉 Lovely picture. I’m glad it inspired you. Love handles? Almost as bad as answering the question “Does this skirt make my butt look big?” with a yes. Good one.


    YFBM Rochelle

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  2. Gabi, you’ve now got me wondering about the relative merits of food and compliments. On the one hand, I prefer my love handles not to be noticed, but on the other hand I adore food, and he can afford expensive restaurants…
    Fun story!
    And thank you for the prompt; it’s a really good one!

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    1. Thank you Penny. I think, unless you really are only after the money, words are more important than food. Maybe he gets her back, but that would need a lot of grovelling, and a bit of learning. I’m glad you had fun with it and the picture which wasn’t really done with much planning. It was a gorgeous full moon, I was sitting at my desk. I always try to take a picture of the giant moon, and it never comes out as dramatic as it looks to our easily deceived eye/brain. But all these prompt pictures taught me to look differently at images that seem weird or for the trash bin at first. 🙂


  3. Another clueless character committing dating suicide…I wonder if there’s such a book as “Dating for Dummies”. I guess that’s what friends are often for. I remember my old group of friends from Church used to prime a few people up. Don’t mention marriage on the first date. Took a few blokes shopping.
    We’re in the middle of the Bachelor here in Australia, which is also proving an education.
    Thanks for the photo. It inspired a great series of responses and I really loved the inclusion of the lace curtain. I thought you might like a painting by Andrew Wyeth: “Wind From the Sea” it’s towards the end of this post:
    xx Rowena

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    1. Thank you for that lovely comment and the link Rowena. I’ve met a few of these clueless people. Either you forgive them, or not, not many of them will change.
      We often have curtains like these on our windows here, it’s not anything precious, just ‘normal’ mass production curtains. I wasn’t planning any composition either, just taking a shot at the moon. 🙂 That painted curtain picture is something though, as are the other pictures.

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    1. Thank you! These pictures aren’t mine though, they are from — one of the few places that allows you to use and even change the images, commercially or not, for free (or a small donation if you like and have the money). There are a lot of really talented photographers and artists there and you can find next to anything without having to worry about licenses and copyright infringement.

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  4. While i also do not care to be reminded of my ampleness ( or is it amplitude), i think there is a range of tastes in the world as far as attraction goes. Sometimes we have to swallow what feels like an insult, in order to further inspect the sincerity and interest that lie behind the admittedly clumsy remark. Maybe she should give him a chance to apologize. 🙂

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  5. Hi Gabrielle, am I alone in thinking the narrator gets a raw deal here while trying to be nice?
    And am I alone in not assuming the speaker is a man?
    Aha, casts a different light, doesn’t it!
    Insensitivity, thy name is woman!
    Good story, cool pic.
    My story is almost identical to yours apart from being utterly and diametrically different in every possible way.
    So very cool pic.

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    1. You’re so funny. I’ll certainly check out your story, can’t wait to read it.
      When I wrote it I had a man in mind, because I’ve met guys as clueless as that, but you can also see a woman, I’ve met my fair share of tactless, clueless women as well.

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  6. If you read the lines in reverse order its a story about a girl who teases a guy, who teases her back. Then comes back for cake which is so good it fogs up the guy’s glasses. Then they proceed to have a perfect night.

    Great story forwards and back!

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    1. Icing on that cake would make it double death. The comments, I totally agree. They are part of what makes the FF wo much fun. I’m glad you liked the story, thank you Russell. The writing is not so much my problem, but I hate it when I don’t have time to read other stories and barely manage to reciprocate.


  7. What a killer line – “I love how you enjoy your food,” I said. “Your love handles are so sexy.” for your story and their date night. It’s never good to mention love handles however old and established a relationship.

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  8. If it’s your picture you’ve got to write a story! I am trying to get up the bravery to submit a picture, but haven’t done it yet. My life is kind of slowing down, or I am getting better at rolling with the punches, because I finally have time to write and read blogs again.

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    1. I’ve come across odd things and thought, ‘there’s a story in it.’ The prompt photos don’t have to be perfect. I just sent mine to Rochelle in case she wanted some. I wouldn’t have been angry or anything if they weren’t used. Go for it!
      It’s great that you have time for yourself again.


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