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


  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.


  3. Indira says:

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


  4. Varad says:

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


  5. Very ‘Phantom Thread’!


  6. ceayr says:

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


  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.




  8. Iain Kelly says:

    How nice of her to help out 😉


  9. granonine says:

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


  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.


  12. jillyfunnell says:

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


  13. Cutting portrait. The tone is spot on.


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


  15. Liz Young says:

    What a lovely intricate story.


  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 😉


  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


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


  19. pennygadd51 says:

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


  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.


  21. Dahlia says:

    So crisp and neatly done!


  22. plaridel says:

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


  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.


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


  26. draliman says:

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


  27. 4963andypop says:

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


  28. Violet Lentz says:

    Oh, that was lovely.


  29. StuHN says:

    Loved it. Wild mushrooms, take him away.


  30. Russell says:

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


  31. i b arora says:

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


  32. Piyali says:

    The wild mushrooms part gave me chills! Wonderfully executed!


  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.


  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.


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


  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!


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


  38. Wild mushroom Quiche? That sounds ominous…


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