Pizza #flashfiction

April 2, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story that includes pizza. It can be an original pizza pie (or slice) or something pizza-like. Go where the prompt leads!

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“I know what you did, Clarice,” giggled the face looking down at Mike. “You tampered with the pizza, didn’t you?” As alarm bells rang in his head, pains raced across Mike’s chest and down his arms.


As the woman turned around slowly to reveal her face, Sophie’s heartbeat increased. Horrified, she watched as the book in the woman’s hand turned into a slice of pizza.

“Now, I’m in control,” screamed the woman.


Two floors above, Doug became more and more terrified at the way Clarice looked at him.

“Sophie? The one who poisoned the pizza you ate?” she asked.

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Image credit: Charli Mills

Written in response to the 99-word flash fiction challenge hosted by Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch.

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30 thoughts on “Pizza #flashfiction

  1. Very creative way of writing this story with each prompt, Hugh. I really liked how you stretched our imagination there with the book turning into a slice of pizza. A book is full of pages with knowledge, and a pizza is (usually) topped with ingredients good for us. Both are good for us.

    In the comments I read you are a fan of pizza but not so much your partner. I hope you can convince to like pizza someday.

    1. Thank you, Mabel. I’m really enjoying this challenge I set myself. People also seem to be enjoying the story in 99-word snippets. It’s like waiting for your favourite weekly TV show.

      I’m afraid I only get to eat pizza when we eat out. Given the current health crisis, I can’t see that happening for a very long time. However, it’ll be even more of a treat for me when we can all finally eat out again.

      I hope you’re keeping well during the lockdown? Stay safe.

      1. That is a pity you won’t be able to get your pizza for a while. Maybe, when you’re able to get your hands on some flour, you can try making pizza at home. Maybe your partner will then like eating pizza 😀

        We are doing alright here in Australia. Staying indoors, and only going to the grocery store around once a week. You stay safe too, Hugh.

        1. Ha! He doesn’t like my cooking, Mabel. I tried it out on him, and the faces I see on the other side of the table tell me precisely what he’s thinking. He’s a far better cook, so I’m going to leave the cooking to him. I’ll do the dishes.

    1. Yes, I agree and think the story needs to be pulled together into one place now, Liesebt. It’s on my ‘to-do’ list. I encountered this problem before when I serialised weekly another of my short stories. Once it appeared in full in my first book, it read a lot better. In fact, it became many readers favourite story.

  2. Hugh, When I read what you have to do for your story, it stumped me. I couldn’t imagine how you’d add pizza to this mystery. But you always manage to make your story work out great.

    That pizza looks so appetizing, of course not the poison kind. Pizza is my favorite food. Now I’m craving pizza. Thanks Hugh. 🙂

    1. I thought this was the toughest of all the challenges since I’ve been writing this story, Lea. However, I don’t know how I did it, but I’m so pleased to have got pizza into all three parts of the story.

      I’m a big fan of pizza. I just wish my partner was. So, it’s usually only a treat for me when we’re eating out.

    1. The pizza was hard to reach, but I’m glad I got it into all parts of the story this week, Erika. I think I may have also invented something new – books that turn into pizza. I like the sound of that.

      1. Yes, exactly! The spectacular book transformtion into a pizza… it reminds me of someone who did something similar with water and wine some years ago… lol

  3. No rabbits this time, but poisoned pizza. Reminds me of mushrooms. The plot thickens and the intrigue increases. You’re dragging us into the depths with this story, Hugh.

    1. Hehe, I am, aren’t I, Norah. Some of my readers have told me they don’t want the story to end. With it now just under 1400 words long, it’s a long way off from becoming my longest short story, but I don’t have any plans for breaking that record.

      Of course, I could blame Charli for all the brilliant prompts she’s giving, but I would never blame the lead storyteller. I’d be in real trouble if I did that. 😀

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