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FF – Hell’s Kitchen

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Fleur Lind.

Copyright Fleur Lind

Bob stared through the glass of the table. How far down did that go? Maybe all the way to the depths of Hell itself…!

Suddenly the tabletop flipped up and a bat-winged monstrosity exploded out, claws slashing, eyes glowing fire-red.

Bob screamed.

The creature screeched, fire issuing from its hideous mouth.

Bob peed himself.

It threw something at him. He looked down.

It was a steak, medium rare, mushroom sauce, sautéed potatoes.

The creature grated “bon appetit!” and descended back to Hell.

Bob tucked in. Now probably wasn’t the best moment to mention he had ordered the Chef’s Salad.

  1. July 21, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Wonder if Bob will return to this restaurant 🤔🤔😀


    • July 22, 2022 at 1:09 pm

      Depends on whether the demon imp’s steak was up to snuff 🙂


  2. July 21, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    HAHAHA! Good thinking, Bob! 😀


  3. July 21, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    i’d say good for him. 🙂


  4. July 21, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    U so funny!!!


  5. July 21, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Be sure to leave a tip, Bob!


  6. July 21, 2022 at 6:38 pm



  7. July 21, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    I guess that’s what heppens if you don’t pay the kitchen staff a living wage

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 22, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      They shouldn’t have cut their brimstone ration.


  8. July 22, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Oh, I don’t know. I’d love to find out what would have happened had he mentioned that he’d wanted a salad. It could have gotten REALLY ugly.


    • July 22, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Yeah, I wouldn’t want the chef of that restaurant storming out to “speak” to me.


  9. July 22, 2022 at 1:49 am

    O wow. Such service. 🙂


  10. July 22, 2022 at 3:08 am

    What a coward! Easy for me to say…


  11. Lyn
    July 22, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Not the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, then. 😄👹


    • July 22, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      It might be the Restaurant at the End of HIS Universe if he doesn’t leave a tip!

      Liked by 1 person

  12. July 22, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Haha! Surprise. Very good.


  13. July 22, 2022 at 11:46 am

    If that was the chef’s salad… they’ll need a new chef. Great fun, that monster was described so well.


    • July 22, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      I don’t think they really care what they serve – no-one’s going to complain 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  14. July 22, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    This one made me laugh 🙂


  15. July 22, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    You must have ordered the devil’s steak and potatoes. Perhaps that was the Chef cut up into a ‘salad’.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. July 22, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Nice one Ali, thanks for the chuckle!


  17. July 22, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I daresay he’d have gotten a “tossed salad.” Interesting service. Might be worth it for the entertainment value.




    • July 23, 2022 at 5:30 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      True, I bet people flock there to see what it’s like. Probably just the once, though.


  18. July 22, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Reblogged this on Lee DeAmali and commented:
    nice comical take – thanks for the chuckle:)


    • July 23, 2022 at 5:33 am

      I’m glad you liked it, and thanks for the reblog 🙂


  19. July 22, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I think it would be best to tuck in and not complain…


    • July 23, 2022 at 5:31 am

      For sure. If that was the waiter I wouldn’t want to meet the manager 😮


  20. Michael
    July 22, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    This made me smile, but I think that I will give that restaurant a miss…


    • July 23, 2022 at 5:32 am

      Aw, go on, I hear the food’s great!


  21. July 23, 2022 at 8:26 am

    Ahhh, I will take a pass on visiting this one.
    The reviews do not read well, service and all … LOL.
    Great story.


  22. July 23, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I’m sure the place is advertised as a “unique dining experience” and they live up to the marketing! Creative writing, Ali. You took the image and ran with it.


    • July 24, 2022 at 5:44 am

      It’s all in the marketing! I’m glad you liked it 🙂


  23. July 27, 2022 at 7:39 am

    Wow! Imagine that…it takes Hell’s Kitchen to an entirely new level! Gordon Ramsay hasn’t got a chance against this one lol Nicely done!


  24. July 31, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    I keep missing these because they’re no longer up by Thursday morning my time. Bob better worry about whether it’s customary to tip in hell or not…


    • July 31, 2022 at 3:48 pm

      I’d be inclined to tip, just in case.
      I’ve been too busy recently to come up with stories straight away. In fact some weeks I’m not writing one at all, if I can’t think of something fairly rapidly.


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