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Elle Jauffret

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Blog posts : "Short-order fiction"

Joan's War: Bitter Sweet Lemon Custard (short-order original fiction)

Joan brought her sword down with all her remaining might, inflicting a deathblow on her opponent, and watched the last of her country’s foes collapse. 

Exhaustion made her knees wobble. She stumbled toward her nation’s flag, fighting hard not to collapse, and rose from the field of corpses…

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Birdseeds and Cheese grits

The young boy knew exactly what to do with the $20 bill he found buried in the muddy snow. He asked his mother for a ride, not to go purchase a replacement for his pair of pants that was thinning dangerously at the knees or a pair of gloves that would keep his…

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Captain Nemo’s Daughter Grilled Octopus Salad

Aboard a submarine thought to be a narwhal,

A toothed whale with a protruding tusk;

In ragged clothes to blend among sailors

Captain Nemo’s daughter hid in the kitchen.

 

She gave her father life with hint of happiness,

With dishes inspired by their travels;

Along their 2…

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Absinthe Tainted Reminiscence

 

(Painting: La Muse Verte by Albert Maignan)

Year 2115. Saturday, May 4th

A bottle of emerald liquid stood in front of his penthouse front door in place of his daily delivery of hookers and cocaine. He picked up the unexpected gift, wondering what psychoactive drug his personal concierge…

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Spring Haiku

Rain drops in Socal

Brown snail mother and daughter

Up the hill of life

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The 25th Easter of Éléonore

Nobles and dignitaries from all over Europe had courted her since she appeared at her first debutante ball, but none had succeeded in stealing her heart. Éléonore had turned down every single gift, gesture, or advance—from Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs to egg-shaped earrings made from the rarest …

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The Singer's Wife and Manager

She pushed through the crowd of groupies, making her way to her husband, the leader of the band. They were all under the age of 30, mainly females, all sweaty and hysterical, exuding adoration for the man to whom she was secretly married. A wedding band could cost a singer thousands of adoring f…

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Prepaid Jail

My mother registered me in the Volunteer Inmate Program when I was one day old, forcing me to spend my early childhood within the confines of grey walls with badly painted frescos of reunited families and wide-open spaces. She was the first one to use the Prepaid Sentence Program that allowed citi…

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RED (Imperfect) VILLANELLE

I decided to participate in Chuck Wendig’s Fast Fiction Challenge this week. I chose numbers 1 (red) and 16 (villanelle). I didn’t know what a villanelle* was and wanted to take on the challenge to write one - good or bad- as I only had 30 minutes to write it (my short-order fiction rule).  (see …

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Mardi Gras beignets: Bugnes

A Mardi Gras mask not only conceals one’s identity with splendor, but also creates mystery while allowing a complete lack of accountability for one's actions. Now… where did I put mine?


"Bugnes" (the "beignets" I used to make with my father during "Carnaval")
Mix together ingredients: …

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The Log

The log was the gift of a complete stranger, the boy discovered in the snow, at his little brother’s feet, upon waking up from their cold-induced nap.

“‘must be from Santa!” his brother said. But Thomas knew it wasn’t. He had stopped believing in Father Christmas the year his parents die…

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Clueless meets Friday-the-13th

Text message: 

O-M-G! Jason Voorhees-Lecter asked me to go to the lake with his family this weekend! I so can’t believe it! I know you think he’s creepy because he wears his hockey mask all the time. But FYI, guys love sports as much as girls love shopping! (hint on why you are single). BTW,…

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Happy Fourth of July with Cherry Pies


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spy with my little eyes

Something beginning with P

It could be traditional

With apples and double crust

Or with blueberries oozing

Through a spongy crumble top

But the one I crave and see

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Fête de la Musique - Music Day (June 21)

Do not forget to celebrate the "Fête de la Musique" on June 21.

Eclectic

I want you to seduce me,
Languorously wrap me with sultry Jazz,
Captivate me with your deep crooner voice
Hypnotize me with your eyes.

 In English, French, or Spanish
Whisper softly to me Soul and Ballads,
S…

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Rooftop Secret Garden

Lilly sneaked out the window and stepped on the frigid platform of the fire escape. She climbed up the stairs, cautiously but quickly, leaving behind the prints of her small soles and toes in the April snow. The roof was empty but for a green house made out of plastic bags and dry-cleaner hanger…

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The Mermaid

She cried the tears of a mermaid
Longing to see the sun
Frightened by the likely burn
His heart: the goal of her crusade

Opening every shell
From oysters to mussels
Haunted by the comforting taste
Of his dried giving lips

Reaching as high and far
From down deep and below
Gathering all …

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Spaghetti and meatballs à la Spillane (Noir fiction style)

Starting the year strong 

My boss told me not to judge a book by its cover when I see her. But what did I care? I don’t read anyway. When the broad came to my desk to start the job, bimbo was written all over her. She was squeezed into a tight red wool skirt with a white silk blouse showing …

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Moby Dick Fan Fiction: Ishmael's return

My meal, a seafood stew slathering two servings of pasta, stays untouched, yet this is not my first ale. I lightly eat, yet heavily drink, attempting to obliterate my memory of the fateful journey. I recall Queequeg, who I had encountered here, in the very same place, the Spouter-Inn, the eve of…

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