Tabitha spent an hour failing to get the flawless blue glaze on his mousse. Birthdays, they come quicker every year.

She looked through his old self-published recipe books for assistance. His food was always sublimity. There’d be no way to pull off such artistry. Turning the page there was a picture of molasses cookies—she made them as a child. A note was written on the polaroid in olive ink: “The finest gift made by my dearest daughter.” Flat and misshapen they were.

Pleased he lovingly ate a mouthful of the greenish mousse and stated, “It’s perfect, simply picture-perfect, Tabby.”

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

Hello, Melissa. Your story makes me starving. I suddenly felt hungry and just swallowed my saliva as I thought of your greenish mousse. Nicely done.

Last edited 6 months ago by Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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6 months ago

You’re welcome, Melissa.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
6 months ago

Oh, Melissa, what flavour is greenish mousse?

Leyla Unerli
Leyla Unerli(@leyla-unerli)
6 months ago

This is so amazing! The fact that you made my stomach growl in 100 words is true talent. Keep writing!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
6 months ago

This was so lovely to read. I love the father’s reaction to the “flat and misshapen” cookies! It said a lot about their relationship in only a few words. Beautiful.

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