I enjoy this monthly challenge to do a piece of flash fiction in 50 words or less. Usually I try to do exactly fifty words, which takes a little juggling. I wrote the essence of this in 35 words, and decided it needed a set-up, then a tiny bit of tinkering. This one is definitely a bit of life experience…
A Piece of Cake
Brexit forced many to relocate. Denise found it hard to fit in.
She walked into the boulangerie and pointed at the gâteau.
‘Un pièce de ceça, s’il vous plais,’ she said in her best accent.
The assistant rolled her eyes. Another stupid English person asking for a room of cake.
It’s a classic schoolboy error: piece in French is one of the many words for room – salle being the one taught earliest in schools. I have asked for a room of cheese, which got me a raised eyebrow, and immediately kicked myself to remember ‘morçeau’ next time – which is a small amount. I haven’t quite sorted out when a room is pièce and when salle, although I do know that if you want to know how many rooms a property has, it’s pièces.
If you enjoyed this tiny excursion into the world of micro-flash fiction, why not take part yourself? All the details are at The Ninja Librarian’s Fi50 page. You can add your name to the list there, but the other way is to find her post of the month, and add a link to your story in the comments. I’m going to do that right now! Tweet or post using the hashtag #Fi50 as well.