Friday Fictioneers – “Lakeside fine dining chez Louis”

Every week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (thank you, Rochelle!) hosts a flash fiction challenge, to write a complete story, based on a photoprompt, with a beginning, middle and end, in 100 words or less. Post it on your blog, and include the Photoprompt and Inlinkz on your page. Link your story URL. Then the fun starts as you read other peoples’ stories and comment on them!

PHOTO PROMPT © DALE ROGERSON

“Lakeside fine dining chez Louis”

Louis was proud of his newly-opened restaurant. True, the view was better than the wine, and the wine was better than the food, but nine out of ten of his customers wanted steak anyway. What could possibly go wrong? More covers were served every week.

Louis bought himself a celebratory cigar.

Then the rain started.

Nothing dramatic, just steady rain.

For days. Weeks. 

Customer numbers dropped as the lake rose. When the deluge finally stopped, the decking, so recently occupied by happy diners, was submerged. Everything was covered in mud.

Louis sighed, got out his broom and started cleaning.

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49 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – “Lakeside fine dining chez Louis”

    • Thank you for your considerate comment, Gabi.
      Louis has just learned two things. First, the flood comes every year. Second, a whole slew of interesting migratory birds arrive at the lake at the same time as the rain. I’m sure he has the imagination to put the two things together!

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  1. Dear Penny,

    This puts me in mind of a restaurant we used to live near. There was a creek behind it. It got flooded frequently because when heavy rains came that creek was notorious for overflowing its banks. The restaurant finally closed.
    I wonder if this will happen to Louis. Good story nonetheless.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle
      Thank you for your interesting comment. I think Louis will erect some flood defences and make the floods a selling point. First, the flood comes every year. Second, a whole slew of interesting migratory birds arrive at the lake at the same time as the rain. I’m sure he has the imagination to put the two things together!
      Shalom
      Penny

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  2. It sounds like Louis is not one to sit back and give up. He’ll be up and running again in no time!
    I liked “the view was better than the wine, and the wine was better than the food” – gives a real sense of his little cafe 🙂

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  3. I like that Louis is resilient and ready to do the necessary to keep in business! Sounds like the type of place his patrons will want to return to… once all is cleaned up, of course! That line “view was better than the wine, and the wine was better than the food” is fabulous!

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