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FF – Bloated

Here is my post for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Ronda Del Boccio.

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“I’ve made a fresh batch of peach jam, dear!”

“Dammit, woman, you know peach jam gives me gas!”

“Yes, dear. I do know.” Sheila’s voice sounded smug.

Barry lost it. He’d endured a lot of straws, but this was definitely the last. Multiple scenarios flashed through his fevered mind, everything he’d ever seen on every cop show imaginable.

He decided. He grabbed a knife.

He levered every lid off every jar of peach jam and ate the lot. He bloated. Massively.

The results, later in the bedroom, were explosive.

And not in a good way.

They’re currently divorcing, citing “incompatible digestions”.


  1. November 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Their lawyers must most certainly have some stories to tell or what


  2. November 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Didn’t see that one coming 😂


  3. November 6, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Clever. Love the line… ‘enduring many straws’.


    • November 7, 2019 at 7:35 am

      Thanks! I liked that bit too, I wondered if anyone would mention it 🙂


  4. November 6, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    hahah – love the digestive track you took here


  5. November 6, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Great story. It’s a gas!


  6. November 6, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    The most irreconcilable differences the divorce lawyers ever encountered! 😀
    “enduring many straws” is a great line!


  7. November 6, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Good one! It sounds like their marriage was explosive before that final straw and its results.


    • November 7, 2019 at 7:50 am

      Yep, it just needed one more thing to push them over the edge!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Lyn
    November 6, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Words fail me 😀


  9. November 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Revenge certainly stinks…


  10. November 7, 2019 at 12:53 am

    Hahahaha kudos to the explosive story and explosive comments😀👏


  11. November 7, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Five stars for imagination, Ali. They obviously aren’t looking for peaceful solutions anymore or I’d mail them a case of Gas-Be-Gone. 🙂


    • November 7, 2019 at 7:58 am

      I could do with a case of Gas-Be-Gone sometimes 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!


  12. November 7, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Lawzy, lawzy, lawzy! Methinks the fact she knows what it does and made it anyway,.. definitely deserved the repercussions!


    • November 7, 2019 at 7:59 am

      For sure. She really didn’t think it through to its inevitable conclusion, did she? 🙂


  13. November 7, 2019 at 3:32 am

    You have NO idea how “on the mark” this really is.


  14. November 7, 2019 at 8:58 am

    She deserved what was coming to her, I think. Well, they both did.


    • November 7, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      I agree! Maybe they’ll be happier apart.


  15. November 7, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Hehe brilliant!


  16. November 7, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Better stay out of that bedroom for awhile.


    • November 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      I think it’s needing a complete redecoration…


  17. November 7, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I wonder if they had to hire a cleanup crew to clear the deck. She shoulda known better. Not a peachy situation. 😉 Cute.




    • November 7, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I think it probably needs more than just a cleanup crew! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  18. November 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Til death do us fart….

    Liked by 2 people

  19. November 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Not where I thought that knife was going! An ingenuous revenge 🙂


  20. November 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Grabbing the knife sent me in the wrong direction too! I’ve never tried peach jam – and I don’t think I ever will now!

    Here’s my story!


    • November 8, 2019 at 7:10 am

      It sounds gross to be honest. I like black cherry best! Less chance of gas…

      Liked by 1 person

  21. November 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    what a way to get even. nicely done. 🙂


  22. November 7, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    What a dumb thing to do. For both of them Eeeeeww!!


  23. November 8, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Talk about a need for fumigation. Hilarious, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne


  24. November 9, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Great misdirection, not where I thought it was headed. I guess he had enough. Love the last line! 🙂


    • November 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      A man can only be driven so far before he deliberately overloads his digestive system 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

      Liked by 1 person

  25. November 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Very funny Ali ! Love the way you tease us with the murderous revenge idea then switch to dreadful flatulence instead — which is worse ?


  26. November 9, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Both are strange…. Ha ha!!!


  27. November 9, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    It’s a gas! Ali


  28. Mike
    November 9, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I smiled and smiled.


  29. November 10, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Reminds me of Veruca Salt in the Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (or in the film, Chocolate Factory) and we know what happened to her… What a whiny little baby!


  30. November 10, 2019 at 4:39 am

    May be that is what Sheila wanted, a divorce. She had played her role perfectly and aggravated her husband enough to consume a lot of peach jam.


    • November 10, 2019 at 6:22 am

      Yes, perhaps a cunning plan on her part!


  31. November 10, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    What a waste of peach jam! Why, oh why, did you have to associate peach jam with… eeewww! I’ve lost my appetite. 😉


    • November 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

      You can have your revenge by writing a story next week to do with something awful with pizzas 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  32. Merbear74
    November 10, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Thankfully, there’s no such thing as broccoli jam. lol


    • November 11, 2019 at 7:45 am

      We can only be thankful for that 🙂 I bet some intrepid home brewer has made broccoli wine, though…


  33. November 11, 2019 at 6:15 am

    I don’t know who is more nasty; her for making the jelly or him for eating it? Both knew the outcome lol.


  34. November 11, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    He should get the alimony!


    • November 13, 2019 at 8:09 pm

      For sure, poor fellow! Though not entirely blameless in this affair…

      Liked by 1 person

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