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An Unexpected Dine

Competition winner

FOOD SHORT STORY

Denise Bayes is currently working in Barcelona where she teaches infants in an international school. She focuses her writing on entering a range of competitions and has had successes including Ely Short Story competition and recently in Write Space. She has attended Swanwick Summer School and many courses at Almassera Vella which, together with WM, encourage her to try new styles of writing.

‘Generalissimo Franco is here! In our restaurant.’ The Maitre d’ speaks in a staged whisper. Pans are stilled, knives pause in mid-air. Everyone looks towards Jordi, anticipating their head chef’s reaction. He responds with a steady voice. ‘It is our turn to impress the leader this Thursday,’ he says, ‘We can do it! Vamos!’ Taking the lead from their captain, each chef starts to perform their usual lunchtime tasks. However, today filleting a chicken or stirring a pan are performed with heightened consciousness. And fear. ‘When the oil is hot, fry the chicken and rabbit pieces until golden brown.’ Under his breath, Jordi whispers his grandmother’s words. She taught him to make the dish back in his Valencian homeland. Now her structured recipe calms him. Like everyone around him, his pulse has quickened at the news, but Jordi knows that panic will cause his team to make errors. Steadiness is needed right now.

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