The Legendary Feud

The boy’s great-great-great-grandfather was apparently the one to blame

For he called the pasta sauce of the girl’s great-great-great-Nonna tagliatelle, listless and tame

The echo of that insult had now been felt by these two star-crossed lovers

Who, let’s admit it, were just looking for some good old action between the covers


Their dead bodies were a testament to the folly of pride

A lesson that a family pasta recipe is not something to mock or deride

As the Bard put it so succinctly- For never was a story of more woe

Than this of Juliet and her Romeo


99 words.

Written in response to the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction challenge, hosted by Charli Mills.

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

September 13, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes pasta. It can be spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, or any variety. It can be a meal or a work of art. Go where the prompt leads.

Note: Due apologies to Shakespeare for that take, especially for using those last lines 🙂


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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19 Responses to The Legendary Feud

  1. papershots says:

    never mess with Italians and pasta…

  2. Annecdotist says:

    Perfect synopsis of Shakespeare’s tragic romance.

  3. Zarine says:

    Don’t apologize to Shakespeare. You’ve done him and his readers a great service by giving *the most credible explanation* of that tragic mystery. And.. the worthy moral you draw is a great consolation to women with pathetic cooking skills. Now we know our ignominy won’t echo down the ages and mess up the stars of our future underage lovebirds. That’s a relief 😉

  4. Jules says:

    There is a difference between southern and northern cooking… Just like in the States too.
    I’m sure other countries have regional favorites. But I think I’ll pass on the fried scorpions 🙂

    • Ha ha ha, thank you so much Jules. We’ve traveled across North extensively, but been only to Sorrento in the South. Next one is definitely going to be Sicily, primarily, actually, ONLY for the food 🙂

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    And now we know the rest of the story!

  8. Norah says:

    What a wonderful story. Well done!

  9. Abhijit Ray says:

    Romeo Juliet and pasta sauce.

  10. Steroide says:

    It’s great that you are getting ideas from this article as well as
    from our dialogue made here.

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