Swept Under the Carpet


Photo Credit: C.E. Ayr

As he swept the debris into a huge pile, Maxime prayed fervently that he would be able to dispose off the body safely before the Inspector came in.

Was that a foot showing from underneath the carpet?

Maxime pulled out the ice cream freezer from the kitchen, and dumped it over the offending foot.

Wait. Wasn’t that an ear that he saw, peeking at him from the top right corner of the pile?

Maxime violently hacked off some branches from the palm tree overhead, and covered up that region.

But that face still seemed to be hovering in front of his eyes. Maxime knew that he should not have killed him, but he had no choice.

Maxime glanced at his watch anxiously. He still had some time.

Now, Maxime quickly poured five bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over the humongous pile (even under these circumstances, he could not get himself to use ordinary oil), and expertly lit it up with his lighter.

And then, Maxime calmly walked back into his kitchen.

The Michelin Inspector would be arriving any minute now, and Maxime was confident that he would not find any other rats in the restaurant.


196 words.

Written as a part of Sunday Photo Fiction, hosted by Susan Spaulding. The challenge is to write a story in 200 words or less, inspired by the weekly photo prompt. For more details visit HERE. To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



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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7 Responses to Swept Under the Carpet

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Poor Rat! Nice misdirection 🙂

  2. Abhijit Ray says:

    Maxim is a classy guy. Only problem is that he has to get rid of a dead body.

  3. Jules says:

    I’ve recently watched part of the animated movie ‘Ratatouille’ – where the rat was a Chef!
    So I chuckled when I read your piece.

  4. Susan says:

    You had us fooled. Nice job

  5. michael1148humphris says:

    You made me smile, with a great misdirect, lovely

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