Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Charlie’s Chicken Surprise


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We all start off humbly in whatever profession we take on. So it was with Charlie Watts and his adventure into hospitality.

His first venture was a restaurant catering for an exclusive clientele. In so much as the first six people to arrive were shown to tables and anyone after that lined up outside.

He served two meals, chicken and vegetable and chicken surprise. Now this was a simple fare there is no doubt, but food in Charlie’s hands took on a form of its own.

People loved his chicken surprise and after a few weeks of opening part of the excitement of Charlie’s restaurant was trying the guess what the surprise was.

Between Charlie and his customers was a thin partition and as he had limited space, he could only operate one cooker. All the ingredients he used were packed on a shelf in front of him.

The ‘surprise’ in his surprise chicken was also stored on the shelf in a small jar labelled ‘surprise’.


Written for: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/fffaw-challenge-week-of-april-10-2018/

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22 Responses to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers – Charlie’s Chicken Surprise

  1. Lyn says:

    Do you think they carry that in our local Coles supermarket?

  2. What a surprise. I think all chef’s have their own but he needed something very special to fit six people plus a kitchen with cook in that building. Fun.

  3. yarnspinnerr says:

    A surprise take. Good one.

  4. Fandango says:

    Maybe it’s best to not know what the surprise ingredient is.

  5. shivamt25 says:

    It reminds me of the movie Soylent Green with its ‘mysterious’ ingredient.

  6. James says:

    I’m imagining the substance in the jar marked “surprise” came from a container marked “addictive drugs”. 😀

  7. Hahahaha! At least he was smart enough to keep the surprise in his surprise chicken, a surprise! LOL! Great story, Michael. I really enjoyed!

  8. Di surprise is a failed cake covered in custard!

  9. Must have been a surprise to him also. A boon from a God or Goddess perhaps?

  10. athling2001 says:

    Oh – what is in the jar? Nothing deadly I hope since people weren’t falling down gasping. Well doene.

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