Fine Dining

Posted: December 30, 2016 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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“Refinement,” Albert said, raising his glass high. “That’s what’s missing from society these days. A sense of class. Culture.”

Light glinted on the rim of the round glass and danced over the little ripples in the golden wine. Albert watched it in silence for a moment, studying each little movement. The wine’s aroma filled his nostrils. He took a small sip and let the taste linger on his tongue.

Yes, he decided, this was an excellent vintage.

“What a shame,” Albert continued, “that our society no longer values such things. Such wonderful, wonderful things.”

His gaze swept over the room and he smiled a cold smile, one that never reached his dark eyes.

“Wouldn’t you agree?” he asked.

There was no answer. Ten eyes stared pleadingly at him from terrified faces. Twenty hands struggled with the ropes that bound them to polished wooden chairs.

“Of course you wouldn’t,” Albert said. “That’s why you’re here. No refinement. No taste. You’re everything that’s wrong with society. And I’m here to fix it.”

A knife appeared in his hand: cold as ice, bright as silver.

“Now,” he said, “if you want to live, tell me which cheese would go best with which wine.”

Word Count: 200

This is for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Thanks to rogershipp for running the challenge! The picture is from

  1. rogershipp says:

    Wow! I was not ready for that… I could sense immediately that I did not think I was going to like Albert… But NO!!! Not for those reasons… Well done! Thanks for participating this week.

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  2. rogershipp says:

    Forgot to say… Loved the title!

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  3. mandibelle16 says:

    My goodness. What a terrifying awful man. Poor children, what a monster. I hope they escape but well, probably not.

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    Albert is the one that is unrefined! Holding a knife as a threat to unprotected people is a far cry from refinement. I hope he doesn’t carry out his threat.

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  5. maria says:

    Oh dear, oh dear!!! What a thrill!! Please make a sequel out of this. 😀 Awesome write, JA.

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  6. athling2001 says:

    Scary. Reminded me of a horror movie.

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  7. Lori Carlson says:

    Oh yes! I love this, J.A. The casual build up with the wine and then the reveal of the knife. So well done!

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  8. Lori Carlson says:

    Reblogged this on A Whispered Wind and commented:
    This appealed to my darker nature.
    Comments are closed. Please visit JA’s blog to leave a comment. Thanks.

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  9. That was one hell of a culture shock. Absolutely stunning finale.

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