Flash Fiction Friday – The Bread Plate

January 30, 2023, prompt: Write a story about the dishes in 99 words (no more, no less). It can be an every-single-day activity, a precious collection, or any other interpretation of dishes as objects or activities. Who is stuck with the dishes and why? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for details.

The Bread Plate – by Hugh W. Roberts

While daydreaming, admiring the dishes on the table, Madeline watched the dapper servers rush by holding trays of plates covered with metal domes. Nobody would miss a small bread plate if she secretly hid one in her purse, would they?

She’d add a dinner service like this, without the name, to her upcoming wedding gift list.

An unexpected rattling of the dishes, cutlery and glasses made as they shuddered broke her daydream.

“What’s causing everything to clatter, Madeline?” asked her mother.

“I don’t know, Ma-ma,” Madeline replied, wondering if the word ‘Titanic’ would easily rub off her bread plate.

Image of plates, dishes and glassware on a table
Image Credit: Charli Mills

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

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35 thoughts on “Flash Fiction Friday – The Bread Plate

  1. A very clever twist as usual Hugh. I paid to see a virtual tour of Titanic artifacts last year. I heard about the online Titanic tour and always was fascinated with the ship. They showed the grand staircase, a stateroom and a huge room filled with artifacts, among them dishes, glassware and silverware that had been salvaged from the wreck from the ocean floor (or maybe a purse).

    1. The virtual tour sounds amazing, Linda.

      There is a Titanic museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I should make an effort and go and visit it. The bread plate in my story may well be there.

      1. Yes it was amazing Hugh. I have never seen the movie “Titanic” – it is being released again this year for the 25th anniversary. I would like to finally see it. I did see “A Night to Remember” in B&W years ago. I hope you get to Ireland to see the Titanic museum. Yes, look for that missing bread plate. 🙂

  2. Great story Hugh. Reminded me of days/evenings out with my gran … she was always slipping tumblers and glasses in her bag … or getting us to do it for her 🫣 I’m glad to say it’s not a family habit I continued with

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