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Food Fight (flash fiction)

June 10, 2013

I’m trying another writing prompt, with this one from VisDare, and using the neat photo below of old London…

Old London Dining Room (VisDare prompt)

School staff couldn’t prove who started the food fight during final exams week—or why the mayhem started. Questioning the boys yielded conflicting results, but the most populous answer given by those who gave up names was Simon. As to the why, the staff was split: the “boys being boys” camp versus the exam stress camp. The staff agreed, however, on punishment: all the boys would clean.

While others mopped floors, Simon remembered the crazed scene and scrubbed dried food from the ornate walls with a soapy toothbrush. Scattershot peas. Mashed potato cannonballs. Tough steak bits catapulted. An epic battle to be retold many times.

His fingers followed swirls of the woodwork, ensuring no bits of food stuck there. The design’s carved channel reminded him of a hallway, as it branched into other channels. Simon gasped, realizing the carvings were a map of the sprawling school—including passageways he’d never explored before.


VisDare prompt given by Angela at Anonymous Legacy. For other stories inspired by this photo, click here.
Photo source Spitalfields Life
Story copyright Dave Williams

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 10, 2013 10:53 am

    Something tells me those secret passages are going to be put to good use. 😉

  2. June 10, 2013 10:19 pm

    I. LOVE. THIS. This honestly sounds like a great opening “hook” to a YA novel. Hmmmm….maybe I can twist your arm to do an “add on” VisDare from week to week, like some of my other regulars? Whether or no, I’m glad you jumped on board! Thanks for participating — hope to see more of your work in the future!

    PS Are you on Twitter? I like to give some of my VisDare tweeps shoutouts now and then. 🙂

    • June 11, 2013 4:40 am

      Wow — so happy you liked the story. I’ll try to join in the VisDare regularly, but due to my schedule may miss a week here and there. I like the challenge of coming up with a story based on visual prompts, and you pick neat images. Thanks for posting these to give writers this creative challenge. Also, I am on Twitter: zookyworld. I joined a little while ago, but unfortunately haven’t done much because of juggling too many things.

  3. June 10, 2013 11:16 pm

    Hmm…this could become and interesting short story.

  4. June 11, 2013 3:23 pm

    I was wondering why you had SImon be so keen to clean with a toothbrush. Love that intricately carved ending.

    • June 11, 2013 4:52 pm

      I was thinking that the toothbrush wasn’t Simon’s idea. The staff gave out cleaning up as punishment, and figured he was one of the instigators of the food fight. Thanks for reading!

  5. June 12, 2013 9:44 am

    A great story and the start of something bigger I hope.

    • June 12, 2013 10:19 am

      Thanks for stopping by and reading! This one may grow into a bigger story… I’ll have to revisit Simon and the mysterious school sometime.

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