How the Cookie Crumbles

An irreverant view of life after SIXTY-FIVE

Flash in the Pan – Tablecloth


MH900437986“Tony, slow down.  You’re going to choke.”

Rosa’s husband swallows, grabs his wine glass and glugs it like water. Spilled drops trickle down his double chin onto the bib he’s fashioned. He rolls his eyes but avoids her gaze. One hand yanks out the chin apron and chucks it to the floor. “Can’t a man eat in peace?”

He rises with a lurch. Wine spills, stringy pasta sprawls, and glass shatters on the tile. With a bark of laughter, Tony gawks down at his belt.

Cheeks on fire, Rosa covers her face. “Saturday night and I can’t take you anywhere.”

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The word limit for Tablecloth is 100 words. I used all 100. Check out for the rules and join us.


Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

12 thoughts on “Flash in the Pan – Tablecloth

  1. Good dialogue, I can see familiar images pop into my head. My dad used to say, something like, “Can a man eat in peace?” He had a point! Good one, Tess.


  2. Bwahaha! At the feed trough perhaps. I am with Rosa. xxx


  3. Poor Rosa and well done Tess I feel really embarrassed for her!


  4. Oh man!!!
    Poor Rosa – such embarrassment 🙂


  5. You really packed a lot into that short piece!


  6. Well done, Tess. In one short scene, you have captured the dynamics of a whole marriage.


  7. I want to hit him over the head! Do I know him?


  8. I loved it. All of it. You’re very gifted at painting scenes, so that they’re seen clearly.


  9. What a great piece of flash fiction. I haven’t come across that blog before, I’ll have to check it out! Beth


  10. Love the imagery. I already picture the cast of characters.


  11. A relationship in a hundred words – you’ve done it again.


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