A Friend Indeed – Friday Fictioneers, December 2018

Copyright Adam Ickes

“You’re always so supportive.”

A divorcee herself, Ellen has total empathy.

She embraces me.  “That’s what friends are for, hon.”

“And thanks for the quiche,” she calls, as I leave.

Ellen’s always been excruciatingly tactful.  She hates quiche and won’t touch it, even though I’ve incorporated the finest cheese available, and carefully selected wild mushrooms, fresh from the woods.

My ex-husband loves quiche.  He’s also a sadistic bastard, an emotional terrorist, and I’ve worried about Ellen, from the moment I first spied his boots on her porch.

So I’m helping her out here.

That’s what friends are for, surely?

 Another slightly edited re-run for Friday Fictioneers this week as Christmas preparations continue apace. Thanks to Rochelle for leading us out again during this festive period.

 

 

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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81 Responses to A Friend Indeed – Friday Fictioneers, December 2018

  1. neilmacdon says:

    Filled with acid and dark humour, Sandra. Lovely

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  2. Not sure at first who the narrator was but with a lovely twist it became clear, funny and a great example of what I admire in your flash fiction execution.

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  3. Indira says:

    True friend indeed. Love the way you write, dear.

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  4. Varad says:

    Fantastic narrative here, Sandra. Those wild mushrooms can come in quite handy indeed.

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  5. Very ‘Phantom Thread’!

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  6. ceayr says:

    Fabulous.
    I do love your evil side, you are so masterfully malicious.

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  7. Dear Sandra,

    Loved it then, love it now. Bon Apetit to the abusive husband. Savor those mushrooms. 😉 A friend in need, they say, is a friend indeed.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    How nice of her to help out 😉

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  9. granonine says:

    Oh, those wild mushrooms. Love the irony in this story.

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  10. trentpmcd says:

    Wild mushrooms, huh? And Ellen won’t touch it? Hmmm…. Great write.

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  11. Wild mushrooms from the woods, well good for her that Ellen doesn’t like quiche. Maybe the ex husband will find them and savour them.

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  12. jillyfunnell says:

    There’s more than one way to send a message! And carry out an execution? Brilliant dark story, Sandra.

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  13. Cutting portrait. The tone is spot on.

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  14. Fantastic twist. I’m worried about those mushrooms, but she’s trying to be a good friend, right?

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  15. Liz Young says:

    What a lovely intricate story.

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  16. Dale says:

    This was fantastic, Sandra! You do evil oh so subtly… But girlfriends do have to stick together, don’t they? Even if one doesn’t know the other is 😉

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  17. After all… Ellen will for sure wish that evil bastard dead too… just a matter of time… and after all destroying angel is the right name for those mushrooms so easily mistaken for edible Agaricus

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  18. Liked this Sandra. Neat overtones of ‘mushrooms’ here.

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  19. pennygadd51 says:

    A model of flash fiction. A perfect miniature. Kudos!

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  20. oneta hayes says:

    Fantastic in content and style! What a set up. 😀 Husband will have such a short to appreciate Ellen’s assets which includes being a great cook.

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  21. Dahlia says:

    So crisp and neatly done!

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  22. plaridel says:

    apparently the quiche was intended for someone else. poor ellen. she could be charged as an accessory.

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  23. subroto says:

    Wicked story! It’s great to have friends who give you hugs and quiches.

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  24. Abhijit Ray says:

    You are so generous. Your ex-husband loves quiche. You supply this to a person who does not like but seeing your ex-husband! This is Christmas season of giving.

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  25. Aah, the carefully selected mushrooms are soon going to come into play, methinks. Lovely!

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  26. draliman says:

    There’s nothing like a nice deathcap quiche to rid yourself of life’s little problems… 🙂

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  27. 4963andypop says:

    There’s poison in them wild mushrooms, I suspect!

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  28. Violet Lentz says:

    Oh, that was lovely.

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  29. StuHN says:

    Loved it. Wild mushrooms, take him away.

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  30. Russell says:

    A true friend, and perhaps a bit of revenge as well? Very well written!

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  31. i b arora says:

    wild mushrooms are sometimes deadly poisonous. Gautama the Buddha died after eating a meal made wild mushrooms

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  32. Piyali says:

    The wild mushrooms part gave me chills! Wonderfully executed!

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  33. James McEwan says:

    Oh dear, how wicked. I wonder why Ellen is a friend, she didn’t steal the husband, but then again.

    A nicely subtle story.

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  34. There’s no room for mush when such wild mushrooms are around. A wickedly ironical tale. I have always felt you are one of the finest FF writers around.

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  35. Ah, the “carefully selected” wild mushrooms. I’m sure Ellen’s problem will soon be a thing of the past.

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  36. Karen Craven says:

    I loved this. I laughed out loud. I have some stilton and mushrooms in the fridge. I want to make quiche and serve it right up to a nemesis. Bravo!

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  37. I love how she lies to herself. Well, as they say: Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

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  38. Wild mushroom Quiche? That sounds ominous…

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