Rosemary | Microfiction

Cooking pot illustration - "Rosemary" microfiction

“Delicious stew. What’s that lovely flavour?”


“Nice. Fresh or dried?”

“She was pretty fresh. Got a lot left over though, so I might dry her out – make some jerky.”

The dinner guest halted with a spoonful of Rosemary stew half an inch from his lips.

“Clearly I’m joking,” said the host. “Eat up.”

The guest didn’t move.


The guest’s eyes slid to the door.

“Locked. Windows too. Eat.”

The guest forced the spoonful into his mouth. The meat melted across his tongue. He held his stomach.

“Tell me,” said the host, “what made your parents call you Basil?”

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Ellie Scott is a freelance copywriter and fiction writer from Sheffield, UK. She writes speculative and silly short stories and flash fiction. In 2018 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Short Story Competition and published her first book, 'Merry Bloody Christmas: A Short Story Collection'. You can often find her hanging out on Twitter (@itsemscott), Instagram (@tinysillystories) and Medium (@elliemaryscott), or hibernating on her sofa with a book and a very large glass of gin.

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