Thursday, September 17, 2020

Kettle: A Six Sentence Story


Maya and Beck honeymooning by spending two weeks backpacking along the rugged Ridge Trail was no surprise to anyone who knew them; after all, they met a year earlier when their separate hiking groups overnighted at the same campsite, and their individual senses of adventure were instantly entwined and became one.

After posing for selfies atop a rugged crag that clung to the side of the mountain, the newlyweds began their descent, laughing and talking as they made their way down to the valley below, and as they debated the merits of stopping for the day or pushing on a little longer in order to shorten that next, final day of hiking, the couple pushed through a thicket and found themselves amidst a small group of folks, men and women alike, who were engaged in various activities, including setting up a large, wooden table under the trees while others gathered firewood and still others danced to the odd cadence of a drum.

The drumbeat stopped abruptly as several dozen pairs of eyes turned towards Maya and Beck, who met the surprised stares with ones of their own, but before they could say a word, a silver haired gentleman stepped forward and greeted them with a firm but gentle voice while beckoning them to the center of the clearing. Nearby, several of the women appeared to be preparing a meal, tossing vegetables into an enormous black kettle that hovered over a hot fire, and as they worked, the women sang a wordless tune. 

It was an eerily beautiful scene, and mesmerized, Maya's hand slipped out of Beck's as she moved closer to the group. She didn't even flinch when the silver haired man struck Beck in the back of the head with a heavy piece of firewood, and she closed her eyes and began to sway to the women's song as they lifted Beck's body, slid it into the kettle, and began to stir.




Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge's Blog for Six Sentence Stories with the prompt "kettle"


24 comments:

  1. The whole story is mesmerising - it was going to happen but you had to keep reading. Very clever!

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  2. Dyanne! Damn, woman. You bring it again lol. That diabolical twist toward the end of a Six :D Nicely paced run up to the sad, sad end (at least for Beck) 🤣

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    1. Poor Beck! He was such a nice guy, too. Never saw it coming....
      Thanks, sis!

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  3. Holy crap!! I had a bad feeling as soon as they entered the clearing... and then I remembered the word prompt!! Very, very well done, my friend! Chilling!! 😳

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  4. VEry nice... love the end. Great six. Glad you're here this week.

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  5. I think you could market a book of your Six Sentence Stories: "Dyanne's Scary Stories to Tell Around the Campfire." Well-done!

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  6. Yes! A macabre and sinister six. Loved it :)

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  7. but...but... they were a couple, married no less!!
    ayiiee, is there any hope ever of understanding your people?
    (asking for a friend from Y Chromia)

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  8. Well, that was unexpected, though, boiled Beck has a kind of ring to it.

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    1. Boiled Beck DOES have a ring to it! Blue Plate Special?!

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  9. Oh, Dyanne! Did you have a nightmare before the evening before writing this? Very creative, but oh so disconcerting.

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    1. I truly started the process by planning to write about Ma and Pa Kettle from the book "The Egg and I" by Betty MacDonald. I don't know what happened between that thought and the final product....

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