Friday Fictioneers: The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient

“Oh nononono.” I raise my hands and back away. “That’s not what I signed up for!”

Marley thrusts the bucket in my face. “You wanted to learn my mead recipe, didn’t ya?”

“Well, yes, but–”

“And mead comes from honey!”

“Yes, I know that, but–”

“And honey comes from bees, you tomfool pansy little boy!” On the word bees, he whacks me with the bucket. “Now get out there and collect some honey.”

I scan the field where giant horse-sized bees browse the flowers.

I chant under my breath, preparing to sprint. “Think of the mead. Think of the mead.”


Getting out my Friday Fictioneers post a bit late this week! This story was written for Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’s weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction event. The challenge is to write a 100-word story using a photo prompt. As always, I welcome comments and constructive feedback and love browsing the other entries as well!

Copyright – Jennifer Pendergast

37 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Secret Ingredient

  1. Haha, I loved the humorous twist in the end! 🙂
    I don’t know how you manage to write so many wonderful little stories…I’ve been suffering from crippling writer’s block for a month now…sigh…

    1. Thank you so much! My only secret is “apply butt to chair, apply hands to keyboard.” I made a goal this summer to write something every day, and so far I’m amazed how writing just seems to breed more stories. Like rabbits!

      Do you like web comics by chance? If so, take a look at this write-up on The Oatmeal about the creative process. It’s been a HUGE inspiration to me. Sometimes I actually say, “Creativity’s a river! Creativity’s a river!” in my head to remind myself that there will always be new ideas if I reach for them:

      1. Wow…writing everyday sounds tough!
        Lol…I sometimes go to a coffee shop when I have a deadline and I HAVE to write something…

        I love web comics. Thanks for the link! 🙂

  2. Haha!

    I wondered at first if the character was going to have to collect venom from the bees’ stingers or something. I’m not sure anything, alcohol or otherwise, would convince me to do that!

  3. Oh man, I love meade. I don’t know if I love it that much though. That would be a mighty scary way to get honey. Great writing in this one.

    1. Hope you enjoy it! The artist does have a bit of a crass sense of humor, but I think what he has to say about creativity is deeply insightful. Creativity is a river!

  4. Apparently mead (honey beer) is responsible for the term “Honeymoon” — or maybe that’s a myth. Either way, it’s delicious stuff, darling!

  5. The things people will do for a secret ingredient, eh? It’s the motivation behind many a story. Imaginative take on the prompt. I think you could drop ‘giant’ as ‘horse-sized’ does the job too and better as it’s an image. 🙂

    1. Hmm, good point! I’ve edited to drop that extraneous “giant”. Funny how many times I can read my measly 100 words and overlook something like that!

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