Crossing the Line

Antonio winced as my knife scratched a thin line into the table. His forehead dripping with sweat, he pleaded, “I’m sorry Don Silvestro, it was a mistake.”

“I too am sorry, Antonio” I spoke in a low, gravely voice, “but I shall have to make an example out of you.”

Antonio croaked plaintively, “I’ll be more careful next time Don Silvestro, I swear on my Mamma’s grave.”

“I could have forgiven your being a police informer, Antonio,” I said as my knife slowly cut through his fingers, “but you crossed a line when you put coriander into my soup.”


99 words.

Written as a part of the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction Challenge, hosted by Charli Mills.

Charli’s prompt this week, in her own words, was:

May 3, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads.

Note from the author: In case I was being too subtle about it, this story is a personal fantasy of mine, and the Don here does to Chef Antonio what I would like to do to all chefs who forget/ignore my instructions to not put coriander/cilantro in any dish that comes to my table 🙂


About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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14 Responses to Crossing the Line

  1. Liz H says:

    Coriander i can live with. Cilantro? Kiss of death!

  2. Hahaha! XD
    Did not expect that ending!
    Nice stuff!

  3. papershots says:

    🙂 nice touch! Totally unexpected ending

  4. Sarah Ann says:

    That really was bad line to cross. He won’t be chopping and adding any more coriander soon. 🙂

  5. What kind of soup? Coriander has a place.

  6. Charli Mills says:

    Ha, ha! Not coriander! Unforgivable!

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