January 18 – Flash Fiction – Boots

Charli’s prompt this week:

January 18, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes boots. Whose boots are they, where do they go and what is their significance? Go where the prompt leads.

Hmmm… here’s where my mind went…

Big Boots
I watched him in awe, as he tossed the dough from side to side, stretching it expertly, before allowing it to come to rest on the large wooden spatula.
A thin layer of tomato sauce, Mama’s special recipe, and a sprinkling of mozzarella, before a sprig of basil was added, then off it went to bake.
And he was leaving.
Mama was devastated.
Antonio was off to travel the world, leaving the family pizzeria in my hands, and I’d never been anywhere near as good as him at making pizza.
He was leaving big boots for me to fill.

Then my mind continued to wander (wearing those boots)…

Never criticise a neighbour before walking a mile in his moccasins.
That’s what the proverb said.
Looking at the height of the heels on my neighbour’s boots, and the shiny patent leather, stretching all the way up to mid-thigh, I thought I’d rather not walk a metre, let along a mile.
Who am I to judge, anyway?
If Peter wants to spend his days being an accountant, trussed up in a suit and tie, and the evenings dressed up as Petra the pole-dancing drag queen, that’s his (or should it be her?) choice!
I’ll just stick to my trainers…


36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen Chesebro
    Jan 26, 2018 @ 02:35:13

    LOL! There’s your fabulous Ritu humor. That last “flash” had me cracking up! Love them both. ❤

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Michael B. Fishman
    Jan 25, 2018 @ 13:05:37

    Two good stories but I think I liked the second one a more because of the little twist at the end.

    Liked by 1 person


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  4. Charli Mills
    Jan 24, 2018 @ 04:49:15

    Both well-done and about the freedom to pursue where one wants to walk their boots!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Jules
    Jan 22, 2018 @ 14:35:32

    Thanks for stopping by my new digs. My fiction place seems safe.

    I like your story…in my family I always thought I could never live up to expectations, theirs. So I just went my own way and I believe I am all the more happy for it. 🙂

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  6. anuragbakhshi
    Jan 22, 2018 @ 05:34:09

    Amazing stories, really two for the price of one. I obviously enjoyed the second one more than the first because of its twist 🙂 Though I missed Barbie, Ken and Sindy 🙂

    Liked by 2 people


  7. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 20, 2018 @ 16:52:31

    These are really rather fantastic, Ritu. Great stories.

    Liked by 2 people


  8. Judy E Martin
    Jan 20, 2018 @ 14:05:12

    Well done, Sis!! I want a pair of those patent leather boots! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people


  9. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist
    Jan 20, 2018 @ 05:44:29

    Both are good. Very good.You’ve shown the metaphorical and the physical. Petra the pole dancing drag queen gives me a lovely visual.

    Liked by 2 people


  10. syl65
    Jan 20, 2018 @ 01:54:14

    Pizza and drag queens, sound like an interesting Friday on the town!

    Liked by 2 people


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  12. Erika Kind
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 21:51:10

    Love both, sis! Totally on target both!!

    Liked by 1 person


  13. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 20:19:28

    Both are good. This is some fun stuff and you make it look that way all the time. Thank you!!

    Liked by 1 person


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