Mysterious Photograph

Each issue features a Mysterious Photograph. Readers are invited to submit a 250-word (or less) flash fiction story based on the photo. The person who invents the best mystery story receives a prize of $25, and the story is published in a future issue.

The Story That Won the May/June contest:


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by Drew A. Logan

It had taken quite a bit of doing, but Palmer had managed to get all six of them together. They were assembled under the guise of celebrating the taping of the 100th episode of the reality-TV smash hit Can You Cook?

As members of the show’s panel of judges, each brought his individual expertise to the reviewing table. One was the French cuisine maven. Another was widely considered the grand duchess of fine dining. Then there was the go-to guy for all things fusion. The remaining three brought their own unique cooking genius.

When Palmer appeared as a participant on the show, he had thought he could cook. In fact, he thought the items he prepared were exceptional. The panel disagreed. They deemed his consommé to be bland. The Lobster Newburg that he had slaved over was called uninspired. His chocolate soufflé was considered “an experiment in un-boldness.” Palmer felt the rage rising within him as the studio audience booed him off the stage. Once back home, he decided that the panel deserved another taste of his abilities.

After hijacking the caterer’s delivery truck and substituting his menu for theirs, he reviewed the carte du jour:

Wolf’s bane salad (with an almond-extract dressing to mask the taste of the added arsenic).

Spinach and (death cap) mushroom quiche.

Rhubarb pie, leaves included.

All courses will be served chilled because revenge is a dish best served cold.


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