Flame #writephoto

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Thanks to Sue Vincent of The Daily Echo for her Thursday #writephoto prompt.

Going Hungry

“Eat your dinner.” Mogreth’s father wagged a half-eaten leg bone at the meat sizzling on the flames.

“I’m not hungry.” Mogreth slumped on the log bench.

“Your mother’s testing a new marinade. The least you can do is try it.”

Mogreth watched his mother gnaw on a thigh bone. Last night, she cooked a rump roast that his father gobbled without taking a breath. Tomorrow, she would probably grill ribs slathered in fat. Maybe stir up a meaty stew with grisly leftovers and giblets. Mogreth wrinkled his nose at the thought. “Why can’t we steam some broccoli or cauliflower?”

“Vegetables are horrible for your health,” his mother said. “Have you ever considered the havoc they wreak on your digestion?”

“Disgusting,” his father muttered and tossed the bone over his shoulder into the growing pile.

“I could grow my own,” Mogreth pleaded. “I found the perfect spot for a garden.”

His parents sighed with weariness, exhausted by his perpetual nagging. But he couldn’t help it. He wasn’t like other teenagers with their bristly hair and yellow, stumpy teeth. His room was immaculate, clothes pressed, shoes polished to a spiffy nut-brown. He studied books on horticulture and nutrition, his thick fingers gliding over the glossy pictures. If he had his druthers, he’d spend his days digging in the soil, pockets bulging with seed packets and dreams brimming with the perfect zucchini.

He stared into the fire. No one understood his longing, his peers least of all. They preferred exploring caves, stomping on small animals, and clubbing villagers, a divergence in tastes that made him a prime target for teasing.

“You really should try this.” His father beckoned to his mother for another crispy morsel. “The sauce adds just the right amount of zing. Clears the sinuses. Nothing like food roasted over an open flame.”

Mogreth’s mother giggled at the compliment. “Don’t wait too long or your father’s going to suck the meat off that last bone.”

“Help yourself.” Mogreth waved a gloomy hand at the charred meat. He might be a troll, but the whole idea of munching on villagers disgusted him. He’d rather go hungry.

A bit of silliness since I’m in an editing fog.

Thanks for reading!

119 thoughts on “Flame #writephoto

  1. Antonia says:

    I was wondering why they would only eat meat. Trolls, it makes total sense…love it! I hope he gets what he wants 🙂

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  2. I loved this, Diana! I wish i wrote silliness like this! 🙂

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    Well editing fog or not I loved the story!!

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  4. This is a great story – reminds me of the song The reluctant cannibal by Flanders & Swann.

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  5. Fun read, Diana–the small details are what make this story live and breathe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  6. Wow 😳 great 👍 now even I am feeling hungry with all those ribs, chops etc. A great piece of writing and funny too.

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  7. Delightful. I didn’t see that ending coming.

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  8. “Clears the sinuses.” 😂 This made me never want to eat meat again. It truly was disgusting (the meat descriptions, not your writing). Loved this!

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  9. Sacha Black says:

    I know you said you’re in an editing fog, but I loved this, I could totally see an illustrated version in a kids book – this one has legs. Love it when a piece of flash is like that.

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  10. Haha love this one!!!!!

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  11. Dahlia says:

    A cute fun read 🙂

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  12. A (human) mother-of-a-teenager fantasy. 😝

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  13. Well done, such a fun story. ❤ the surprise-ending!

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  14. Diana, if you wrote that in a fog… Well, I’m always impressed, but even more so. I enjoyed the heck out of that. Have a sensational Saturday. Mega hugs!

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  15. inesephoto says:

    Mogreth! I should have known from the beginning 🙂 Brilliant twist, great story 🙂

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  16. Never had a clue about that ending, Diana. Led me completely up the garden path. I hope they never eat any of us bloggers. 😱

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  17. Erik says:

    I have to say, knowing you — and given the name Mogreth — I assumed they were cannibals. And, essentially … I was right. You crack me up. At least you avoided the obvious line of Mogreth’s mother adding, “We’ll be having a few people for dinner tomorrow night.”

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  18. hsampson says:

    Loved it D! thank you very much for sharing!!!

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  19. A garden is good for the soul, but that meat sounded pretty good! I don’t know about munching on the villagers, ha ha…made me chuckle, Diana. Great descriptive writing, as always. Have a super weekend my friend 😀

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  20. Jay says:

    Definitely silly but also weirdly relatable.

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  21. Well, now, this really threw me. Good one, Diana! 🙂

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  22. Ocean Bream says:

    Aaaaaahhh!!!! I was actually salivating a little at the description of that meat (I am hungry today hahah) but then that ending! Also I did chortle at the ‘good for your sinuses’ bit 😀 Wonderfully executed, Diana. Love it!

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  23. ~M says:

    I was getting hungry until I read the ending….. lol…. 😉

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  24. balroop2013 says:

    Your editing fog is quite scary!! It dragged me to stone age! My best wishes Diana. 🙂

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  25. I loved all the culinary references in this! Marinade with just the right zing to it, lol! It’s a perfectly good silly story for a Friday morning. 🙂

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  26. “The sauce adds just the right amount of zing. Clears the sinuses.” Oh, that made me laugh. I bought a horseradish sauce the other day, and when I tried I couldn’t breathe for a minute or two.

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  27. A vegetarian troll – now that’s imaginative! Great read – very funny.

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  28. LOL! Love this! Poor Mogreth. I’ll bet he doesn’t realize how much weeding is involved in a garden. 😀 Thanks for this wonderful scene, Diana!

    Have a great weekend!

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  29. Allie P. says:

    Made me chuckle. What’s a poor, health conscious, troll to do…

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  30. As a troll, he really would be different. No more clubbed villagers for him. Cute story and good writing, Diana. 😀 — Suzanne

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  31. tpolen says:

    Can’t say I expected it to be villagers – good one!

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  32. Oh, no. The villagers ??? I didn’t see it coming, I was just impressed with a cave man vegetarian scenario !! That was fun.

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  33. Sue Vincent says:

    The only trollI knowhas a penchant for chocolate and licquorice 😉 Brilliant, Diana 🙂

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  34. Phil Ryan says:

    My grin arrived early, was maintained throughout and developed into a chuckle by it’s fine conclusion. An aptly amusing tale for a Friday afternoon, thanks D 🙂

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  35. I do hope he finds his garden some day. And may mom & dad stay home!! Poor Mogreth. All he wants is a carrot. 🥕

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  36. Annika Perry says:

    Great fun and you’re on top form even in your editing fog! These aren’t exactly the trolls I have in mind when out for walks in the forest – hopefully, they’ll be the vegetarian thoughtful kin of Mogreth!

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  37. trentpmcd says:

    I don’t know why, but from the first mention of leg bone I figured it was more likely villagers than mutton. Nice one.

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  38. Love it! It kind of reminds me of “Herb the Vegetarian Dragon” which is a children’s story about a vegetarian dragon who tends a garden and is constantly nagged by the other dragons who are meat eaters. My girls loved that book!

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  39. Heartafire says:

    :). Now I am hungry! ❤

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  40. Val Boyko says:

    Smiling … Great punch line!!

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  41. Bernadette says:

    I was waiting for the punch line. Good one. I hope the troll gets out from under the bridge.. Maybe he will meet Disney and star in a movie.

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