Apricots Or Peaches?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Sometimes apparently simple decisions can become so difficult to make.

Apricots Or Peaches?

 

Apricots or peaches – that was the choice. Fiona stood and looked from one display to the other. They all looked okay, she could pick ripe ones of both so that wasn’t going to help her pick.

 

When Mark had told her that he’d invited his mother round to dinner, Fiona had been petrified. “What if she doesn’t like me?” she had wailed. After all, in their two years together she had never met any of his family.

 

Mark had laughed, making a joke of her fears. “Of course she’ll like you. She’ll adore you! My mother knows that I have impeccable taste.”

 

Thank you, Mark, but I’m being serious here. There’s no way she’s ever going to think that I’m good enough for ‘her boy’.”

 

Look, Mom’s a bit of a food snob. You provide a good dinner and she’ll literally be eating out of your hand.”

 

Fiona frowned. “You are joking, Mark. Aren’t you?” When he shook his head, she said, “Well, that’s just great! I might as well move out now because you know that I can’t cook!”

 

Relax! We’ll come up with something really easy AND really impressive. That way, you’ll both be happy.”

 

Two nights of fretting, pouring increasingly frantically through recipe book after recipe book, saw Fiona with no more idea of what she should make. “Mark, are you sure she wouldn’t be happy with mac ‘n’ cheese?”

 

No, Fiona. Mom would not be impressed by a bowl of pasta! And yes, that rules out spaghetti too!.”

 

Well, thanks a lot! You’ve just ruled out the two things I CAN cook for this dinner you’ve landed me with making.” Fiona was seriously mad. Close-to-tears mad. And Mark knew he’d made a blunder.

 

Okay, Fiona, stop now! Mom is a healthy eating freak! You go to the store, raid the pre-packed salads and just arrange them to look nice. Problem solved!”

 

Really! You reckon I could pull that off?”

 

Sure you could, Fiona.” Mark put his arms around her and gave her a hug. “Now all you’ve got to come up with is a dessert!”

 

And that was where the dilemma lay. Peaches or apricots? She could make Peach Melba meringue nests. Or she could make Apricot Fool. Which would she be less likely to ruin? And, more to the point, which would be the most impressive?

 

Peaches or apricots? Apricots or peaches? Fiona just could not make up her mind. And then it came to her, the answer to her problem. She turned round 180 degrees and bought strawberries instead!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Submitted: March 26, 2017

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Mike S.

I don't think she'd want to get involved with a family THAT snobby!

Mon, March 27th, 2017 1:03am

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No,you'd have thought not, but there's lots of families out there that are exactly like me that. Thanks for reading, Mike.

Mon, March 27th, 2017 12:40am

Sluggy

I can't think of a better dinner... Strawberries... just use your imagination to what to use them in. Salads, a topping, a side, or just eat handfuls in bunches. I have made a desert once that everyone loved, but my wife, which she thought was rubbish. Of all things, I'd rather see anyone else be put off, but there you go... don't put too much in pleasing the most discerning, let alone everyone. I rather please the one who I care for than run around in circles to please the ones with high expectations. Good thing you have not put thought in your writing, as if it were food, else we would not be feasting!

Fri, February 7th, 2020 2:50pm

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Yeah, I remember writing this one. Thanks, U.P.

Fri, February 7th, 2020 11:51am

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