The Baker

The Baker wished for a fairytale version of life.  One that did not include lies and deceit.  He had a gift, but rarely used it.  Growing tired of the world as it was, he placed inside his cookie dough a small amount of magic.  When someone took a bite of a cookie, their face would appear brilliant red to the one they lied to.  

With decorated cookies in the display case, his wife joined him behind the counter.  

“Alberto, why does your face glow so red?” she cried.

Hmm, I knew there was a reason I rarely use my gift.

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This story is my contribution to “Friday Fictioneers,” a weekly challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff Fields. With the help of a photo prompt to inspire, we’re to write a 100-word story. The photo this week was provided by Jennifer Pendergast.

If you would like to join in with this encouraging group of writers or read their stories from this week, visit here.

59 Comments Add yours

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed and had a laugh. Thanks so much for letting me know, Susan! =)

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  1. notestowomen says:

    This was a fun read, Brenda. He’s like a red in the face Pinocchio. Well, at least he got his wish. His life is now like a fairytale.

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    1. Well, I hadn’t thought about it like that. His wish did come true after-all (haha). I’m very happy you enjoyed reading the story!

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      1. notestowomen says:

        Yes, I really enjoyed reading your story 🙂

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    Ooops. i guess those in gingerbread houses should throw scones or whatever….

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    1. Oh, I love that (haha). Indeed, they should throw scones not stones.

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  3. granonine says:

    Aha! Caught in his own trap :). Fun story.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda. I don’t think considered all the ramifications…haha

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  4. Dale says:

    Never sample your own product! (Say the drug dealers and well… kinda sorta… right?)
    Good one, Brenda!

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    1. Oh, for sure. He should not have tasted his own product! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Dale. =)

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      1. Dale says:

        I did 🙂

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  5. draliman says:

    Silly Alberto. Hoisted by his own petard 🙂

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    1. Yeah, silly Alberto never learns. Big time backfire! =)

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  6. plaridel says:

    that’s funny… got caught with his own contraption. 🙂

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    1. I’m happy you found the story funny. Funny’s not my normal thing. Thanks for reading, Plaridel! =)

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  7. neilmacdon says:

    Do not meddle in the ways of dragons and magicians, for they are subtle and prone to unintended consequences

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    1. Unintended consequences for certain. It’s why Alberto rarely uses his gift. He’s not so wise, though he does have good intentions. =)

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    That backfired on him! Could do with some of that for our politicians though – we’d see some red faces then! Good one Brenda

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    1. It sure did. I do have to say that those particular people were on my mind when I wrote the story (haha)! =) Thanks much, Iain.

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  9. Bear says:

    Good one! Loved it!

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    1. Aw, I’m so happy you loved it. Made me smile! =)

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  10. GHLearner says:

    LOL. What a fun, and original idea.

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    1. Very happy to make you laugh and to know you enjoyed my silly tale! =) Thanks for letting me know.

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  11. jenne49 says:

    What a delightful, impish story. Still smiling.

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    1. I love that I made you smile and so glad you enjoyed. Thanks, Jenne! =)

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  12. James McEwan says:

    If only his magic was currently available, just imagine–every politician would be red faced.

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    1. Media coverage would have to be in black and white. Can you imagine? Thanks, James, for stopping be. =)

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  13. athling2001 says:

    Have to be careful who you lie to. I like the thought. It would make the world a strange place if it was real.

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    1. It’s true, it would be weird. These things usually do backfire, though start with the best intentions! =) Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Tannille says:

    Busted. Caught in the cookie jar. HAHA.. Wonder want he lied about. Great little tale.

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    1. Thanks so much, T! He surely did get caught. =)

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  15. Ann Coleman says:

    Ha! That reminds me of the bible verse, “Let he who is without sin throw the first stone……” We al should remember that!

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    1. Exactly!! Thanks so much, Ann. =)

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  16. I believe the expression is ‘hoisted by his own petard’! Nice one Brenda.

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    1. I had to look that one up. I love to learn something new (or old). Well, you know what I mean. Thanks so much, Keith! =)

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  17. lolaWi says:

    sweet and fun! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your lovely comment, Wi! I hope you are enjoying a nice holiday weekend. =)

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  18. subroto says:

    Oops! I fear Alberto is going to turn a darker shade of red after giving an answer. Fun story.

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    1. I’m afraid you might be right. Not sure how he’s going to finagle out of his situation. Thanks much!! =)

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  19. msjadeli says:

    A nice spin on “people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

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    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! =)

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      1. msjadeli says:

        You’re very welcome, Brenda 🙂

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  20. Dear Brenda,

    There’s a big of magic that backfired. 😉 Clever tale.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. oops… a BIT of magic

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    2. Thanks so much, Rochelle! =)

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  21. Laurie Bell says:

    Bahahahaha betrayed by his own gift! Love this. Very clever.

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    1. Yeah, it wasn’t the best outcome for him. He didn’t think it through. Haha. Thanks, Laurie, for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoyed.

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  22. A very clever story Brenda. Love it! Would be fun if it went on.

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    1. Thanks so much, that’s very kind!!

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  23. Nobbinmaug says:

    Don’t get high on your own supply.

    That would make for a better world, except no one would ever be elected to anything again.

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    1. That is good advice. It would indeed change whole political systems worldwide! Couldn’t lie? Thanks for stopping by! =)

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  24. A lovely story, reminded me of fairy tales, which I love, that have an oblique moral in them. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks so much. I’m really glad you enjoyed! =)

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  25. elmowrites says:

    I wonder if he’s been lying about his gift, or something more awkward! At least the wife’s face is clear. Great story, thank you !

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    1. Hmm. Could be or something else! =) Thanks so much for your kind comment.

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  26. It doesn’t pay to tamper with those kinds of things

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    1. No it certainly does not. Thanks for commenting, Larry. =)

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