Friday Fictioneers – A hearty breakfast

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!


A hearty breakfast

The delicious smell of frying bacon insinuated itself into Hank’s dream. He half-smiled, then grimaced as the pain of his bruised jaw woke him up. The light came on and Roberto, the less brutal of his guards, approached with a tray.

He set it down in front of Hank. Bacon, sausage, mushrooms, eggs, beans, toast and coffee.

“What’s up?”

“Your ransom hasn’t been paid.”

“So? – Hey, is this for me?”


Hank tried one of the fried eggs.


“We’re gonna shoot you when you’ve finished. You know what they say: “The condemned man…”

Suddenly, Hank wasn’t hungry any more.

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34 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – A hearty breakfast

  1. So cruel! Great writing, Penny. The horror of the kidnapping comes through clearly. I never understood why people who were about to be killed got that ‘last meal’ as a special treat. A ‘celebration of death’ seems extra cruel to me.

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    • Thank you for your empathetic comment, Gabi. I’m glad the horror of the kidnapping came across so strongly. The story leaves Hank alive, fork poised over the bacon – and while there’s life there’s hope…What would you do if you were Hank?

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      • I… probably would have died already, being scared into a heart attack. I’m a coward. Maybe, if I were still alive, I’d try to negotiate, offer them something. Someone braver might ram the fork into the kidnapper’s throat and probably be killed instantly without having it drawn out. Or make an escape, who knows? For fiction, there would be many possibilities, depending on the circumstances. 😀

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