Friday Fictioneers… HOT STUFF



HOT STUFF… A Drabble for FriFic

In a brownstone three flights up… the sound of food being spit out.

“Good God, Ethel, what the hell is this?”

“It’s my new ‘culinary de force’, Cheryl. I’m bringing excitement to my cooking.”

“Excitement!  Inedible, it’s so damn hot. I hope you meant ‘du jour’, because I don’t want to taste that again.  And, don’t pull that pouty face with me!  What did you put in that soup?”

“It’s my new thing. ‘Rooster Sauce!'”

Ethel proudly displays a bottle of Sriracha.

“Rooster sauce my ass, Ethel. There should be a Dragon on that label. One word… ‘Moderation'”

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47 responses

  1. Love all your Ethel and Cheryl stories!! 😆

    1. And they love their friend Betty.

  2. Fun stuff, Ted! I was wondering how long it would be before someone focused on the hot sauce. One fellow writer from Las Vegas mentioned, off thread, something about Mexican food to me in relationship to Sriracha, and I nearly wet my pants laughing. One should never confuse “Mexican hot” with “Thai hot”–not ever. 🙂

    I particularly like the “du jour” pun.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

    1. Haven’t had time to write any stories lately, Marie Gail… but your pic ‘spoke’ to me and I knew it was time to write one. I guess that’s what a prompt does… thanks.

      1. p.s. yes, a different type of hot… would not go on tacos at all.

      2. I’ve been using prompts twice a week since the middle of January to help me build my fiction writing skills. It’s been a great adventure–very helpful when my muse decides to play hide-and-seek with me. I’m glad this one spoke to you. 🙂

      3. Thanks MG… It’s funny how a story can pop into your head. I never try to force one out.

      4. Stories tend to come to me slowly enough that if I ever “forced one out” I’d be missing about a tenth of my repertoire. LOL Oh, I am so jealous of my friends with ADD.

  3. Oh how I love the antics of Ethyl and Cheryl! You could do a book 🙂

    1. Thanks, Carrie. I may just do that someday.

  4. I’m familiar with sriracha sauce and it is hot, not good for people with weak stomach.

    1. I’m sure you are, ranu… when are you getting an avatar?

  5. “Excitement! Inedible, it’s so damn hot. I hope you meant ‘du jour’, because I don’t want to taste that again. And, don’t pull that pouty face with me! What did you put in that soup?”

    “It’s my new thing. ‘Rooster Sauce!’”

    Ethel proudly displays a bottle of Sriracha.

    “Rooster sauce my ass, Ethel. There should be a Dragon on that label. One word… ‘Moderation’”

    Useless to say I adored the whole story lol.

    1. Thanks, camgal, I know one thing… all your stories are the color of Sriracha!

      1. Haha touche but moderately true 🙂 it happens to be my favourite colour lol

      2. Anyone reading your stories will notice that!

      3. Didn’t think it was that obvious…;)

  6. Over the top of my head, Ted. Reading the comments I now know that the S… is a hot sauce but had never heard of it before! x Kate

    1. I hear you Australians are hot enough without sauce, my little Tasmanian Devil!

      1. Seriously? Do Aussie girls have that reputation? Interesting…

  7. Bill loves Sriracha but I have yet to taste it and don’t really plan to. I’m all for moderation and tasting my food, although I have two family members who like “Thai hot” and Sriracha ain’t it!


    1. I know some people who put it on everything. I’m glad you got to see our friend on a boat, Janet… and got to be on it!

  8. Dear Ted,

    This was inspired. He’s going to end up cooking his own meals if he keeps criticizing her. There was no moderation in the humor in this piece…why should Cheryl use it in her cooking?



    1. Aloha, Doug… liked your moderation comment. Cheryl would never use it, Ethel will try anything.

  9. Ah I wasn’t sure what that was in the background of photo. Funny story.

    1. It’s damn hot, Louise, see if you can get some in the uk.

      1. I will. I like a bit of spice!

  10. I agree. That stuff will have you breathing fire … from both ends!

    1. That can happen, Kent.

  11. This is a wonderful conversation albeit a bit “cranky” on one side. Well done.

    1. I’m afraid it’s always a bit crank on that side, Alica. Thanks.

  12. “I hope you meant du jour”–that made me laugh!

    1. I’m glad, Coleen, I thought it was clever… sometimes that happens.

  13. de force is right by the sounds of it! Great story this week and great to have you back

  14. One hot story you have here, Sir.

  15. I have missed your Ethel and Cheryl series till today. I think I am going to love them! Well done, Ted.

    1. Glad you approve, Lynda!

  16. I’m not sure what sriracha sauce is, but I dunno, I might like it! Great dialogue ….

  17. Dear Ted,

    The company that makes that Sriracha sauce makes a pepper sauce that I like even better. The pain from it’s exquisite.

    Nice to see you here with your hot writing. You added spice to my morning.

    Love the dialog.



  18. The dialogue is really good – great story! I really can’t eat too much hot stuff but I wish I could! Nan 🙂

  19. Ted, Nice to see you back and bringing those ladies with you. There’s plenty of hot sauces, peppers, etc. here, but I stay away from consuming them. I sit and pick out pieces of hot peppers and don’t ever use the masalas. Funny and well written as usual. 🙂 —Susan

  20. I’ve never had this sauce but if i do I shall remember…just a dab’ll do ya.

  21. We keep this sauce at close reach. I like it on eggs too. I know some folks don’t have much tolerance for heat and obviously Cheryl is in that crowd. Great story, Ted. It’s nice to see you back.

  22. My eyes are watering. Hot hot hot!

  23. Lovely to see Ethel and Cheryl at it again. How old are they? I thought tastebuds liked food a little bit spicier as they got older.

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