Burnt Pies


June 2, 2016 by Felicia Hf


“The pies?” her daughter said, pointing up and laughing.

“Pies…” she repeated, her mind suddenly spinning. “Shit! I forgot to take the pies out of the oven!” She hit the brakes hard, then sped up again, realising she was on a highway, with no place to stop or turn around. She cursed again, then silently told herself off for doing so in front of her child.

“You forgot to take the pies out?” the daughter said, now excitedly looking out the window. “I wonder who wrote that up there. Could it have been daddy?” She frowned, trying to work it out.

“No, darling. I don’t know who sprayed that on the bridge. Crap. We have to go back. I know we’ll be late for grandma’s, but…”

“Grandma won’t like that.”

“She won’t like me forgetting her pies either. Or getting burnt pies. And I won’t like my kitchen burning down.”

The child’s eyes went round in shock. “Could it, mum? Could the kitchen really burn down?”

“I don’t know!” Goddamnit, I can’t even bake, she thought to herself angrily. Her mother would scold her again, and she would have to bring her pies from the shop around the corner. As though she didn’t know that’s what she did every week.

© 2016

Sunday Photo Fiction, May 29th 2016


10 thoughts on “Burnt Pies

  1. I think she tries too hard to impress her mum. Good story

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  2. swritings says:

    Oh dear, a lot of stress over pies but I think that’s what most people tend to do, take stress over things that shouldn’t be such a big deal in the first place. You conveyed her frustration really well!

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    • Felicia Hf says:

      You’re right – lots of people tend to stress out over things that shouldn’t really be a big deal. Instead of stressing out over pies each week, she should rather just buy some! Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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  3. Dahlia says:

    I felt her frustration – nicely covered so many angles.

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  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Nice take. It’s nice she tries to bake the pies but I don’t think they’re that important if she is so rushed and stressed, visiting her Mom. I think buying bakery ones is fine:)

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  5. luckyjc007 says:

    She should just stop stressing about baking pies. If she doesn’t enjoy baking them and let’s the choice stress her out it isn’t helping her or her mother.

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