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FF – Eggs to Die For

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by J. Hardy Carroll.

Oh boy, I had trouble with this one. I’m very literal and all I could see was that huge American flag. I finally, after several attempts, managed a sort of a story which had no politics in!

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Copyright J. Hardy Carroll


Marco walked towards the counter, slipping slightly on the slick floor, almost tripping over the body of the waitress. He threw three dollars onto the counter. One fell off, landing in the bloody remains of the cook.

“Keep the change.”

It was a shame. If his eggs and bacon had been even remotely edible, no-one would have had to have died. This would cause an uproar. He’d have to reset. Damn 21st century humans.

He put the gun in his mouth, pulled the trigger, felt the psychic transfer and woke up 300 miles away in another diner, another body.

“Waitress, eggs and bacon.”


  1. July 3, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    I hope this cook is better. His life depends on it, I guess.


  2. July 3, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    That is very, very clever, and so good!


  3. July 3, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    The search goes on for the perfect eggs and ham! It’s important to get these important things right.


  4. July 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    He can’t just give up, can he?


    • July 4, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      No, unfortunately for a whole generation of short-order cooks 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. July 3, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    hehehe! Nothing worse than under-cooked bacon! 😀


  6. July 3, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Oh my, this being is very serious about his eggs and bacon, isn’t he? You made me laugh.




    • July 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m very serious about eggs and bacon too! Not to that extent, though, you’ll be pleased to hear 🙂


  7. July 3, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you for a n on-political post. This is creepy, to say the least. I’m wondering how many other cooks and waitresses have died.


    • July 4, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Quite a number, I suspect.
      My first attempt started off sci-fi and ended up political, so I tried again!

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 4, 2019 at 5:19 pm

        It’s easy to go political in our present atmosphere of division. Sad.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Lyn
    July 3, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Man, this guy has some serious culinary problems. Someone needs to slip something in his bacon and eggs – arsenic maybe? 😀


    • July 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      He definitely does need stopping. Though maybe slipping something in his food is why cook number seven died…


  9. July 4, 2019 at 1:10 am

    A strange take on Quantum Leap? Definitely took me by surprise…will think twice the next time I order bacon & eggs!


    • July 4, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      Sam Beckett, psycho!
      Bacon and eggs are not to be taken lightly 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  10. July 4, 2019 at 2:47 am

    I’m going to be much more careful when I order in the next diner!


  11. July 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Wow, Sam I Am meets Pulp Fiction meets Quantum Leap.
    Clever and funny.


    • July 4, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      It’s all there! I’m glad you liked it.


  12. July 4, 2019 at 9:30 am

    All you could see was the flag, and all I could see was that “2 pc. combo” sign in the window and trying to figure out what restaurant that was. I’m still stumped. Oh, did something happen in the story?


    • July 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      There’s no point going there now anyway, something horrible happened to the cook…


  13. July 4, 2019 at 9:48 am

    A virtual reality game? Or for real (I do hope not!)?
    The best bacon and eggs I’ve ever eaten was in Greece. Very thin slices of bacon, cooked to perfection, and four fried eggs. Oh dear, now you’ve made me hungry!


    • July 4, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      Wow, four fried eggs? This is for real, I’m afraid 😦


  14. July 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    He can’t help but kill them if the eggs aren’t cooked right and even feels indignant about it. Hope the next eggs are to his liking. =) Great descriptive writing!


    • July 5, 2019 at 10:31 am

      Yes, poor chap, it’s like he can’t help himself or something 🙂


  15. July 4, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Wow! This takes ‘the art of cooking’ to a whole new level! I had scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, and butter toast this morning. I liked it. My dog liked it (admittedly, he is a little easier to please than me). I would have been very nervous thinking of the cooking as a life-or-death scenario! (However, considering my need for motivation to accomplish things, maybe becoming a James Bond cook is just what I need? (thanks for no politics!)


  16. July 5, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Now that is taking the search for the best to an extreme level!


    • July 5, 2019 at 10:33 am

      He doesn’t like to leave things half done. Coincidentally, half-done bacon spelled the end of cook number three…

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 5, 2019 at 1:05 pm

        Oh dear… nothing worse than half-cooked bacon. I’d a done them in myself…


  17. July 5, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I’m glad he never came to my bistro! I had some difficult customers but this takes complaining to another level!

    My tale – The Flag


  18. July 5, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    he should be programmed for anger management before it’s too late. 🙂


  19. July 5, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    How many times will there be mayhem at breakfast, when will they get it right. He should have been more specific with the eggs – sunny side up or over easy. You see these dumb humans need instructions, else they do what they want. Now try again.


  20. July 6, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I take it this being is an alien who can inhabit human bodies. I’m glad I don’t work in a restaurant. Now the police are going to try and figure out why a murder-suicide happened due to a food problem. Good sci-fi, Ali. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • July 7, 2019 at 5:35 am

      And it’s hard to see a pattern when the murders take place hundreds of miles apart within minutes of each other. I’m glad you liked it!


  21. July 6, 2019 at 10:32 am

    All this for a good breakfast! Must be really tasty or really very hungry! His gun transferred his psyche to a different body. What happened to that person’s psyche? Did the gun travel the distance to? Nice gun!


    • July 7, 2019 at 5:35 am

      The original person’s psyche gets “overwritten”, sadly.


      • Abhijit Ray
        July 7, 2019 at 5:37 am

        How do you transfer the gun?


        • July 7, 2019 at 5:38 am

          Maybe he jumps into someone already carrying one…


  22. July 6, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Your story reminds me of the movie Source Code (2011) – do you know it? In the movie, a soldier wakes up in someone else’s body and finds out he’s inside a computer simulation (or so he thinks) in which he has only eight minutes to find the bomber of a commuter train before it explodes. He relives these eight minutes again and again until he’s able to identify the bomber.

    A bloody good take on the prompt!


    • July 7, 2019 at 5:36 am

      I’ve not heard of that film, I’ll have to check it out. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. July 7, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    I wonder how low his standards are, or if he require perfect cooking in wich case we are in for another massacre. Love the detail of the tipping.


    • July 8, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      If only we knew what his idea of perfect bacon and eggs was…
      He still has his manners!


  24. Mike
    July 7, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I will be careful when I next cook bacon and eggs. There is little better when they are properly cooked.


    • July 8, 2019 at 3:32 pm

      That’s what this guy is searching for! Can you blame him?


  25. gahlearner
    July 8, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    This made me giggle-flinch. Is this what future life is like? Matrix-like?


  26. July 9, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I think everyone deserves a second chance, right 😉 Extra Pawkisses🐾😽💞


  27. July 9, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    whoa! He not only took out the cook but the waitress too. This man means business!


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