Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Story: Mother’s Favorite Brownie Recipe

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Mother’s Favorite Brownie Recipe

from the book: Life Will Get You in the End:
Short stories by David Satterlee

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Life Will Get You in the End:
Short Stories by David Satterlee
Mother bakes a pan of her family's favorite brownies... until something goes terribly wrong. You know you did it at least once.

Mother’s Favorite Brownie Recipe

One day, it occurred to Mother to make brownies for her family. We all loved her brownies; Father, Mother and all four children. We would nab crumbs from each others’ plates, and complain if another received what appeared to be a larger portion. Yes, this would be a fine desert to offer as a treat after our supper.

After retrieving the pan from the oven, letting it cool, and applying a glaze of extra chocolate across the top, Mother stopped to admire the product of her labor. Surely she deserved a small reward for her many efforts on this and many other days. 

Besides, it would be best that all portions be as close to equal as possible. So thinking, she trimmed the edges from all four sides and, while watching the wrens sport in the yard outside her kitchen window, she treated herself to these few modest trimmings.

Returning to her work, she carefully divided the remaining bulk of the pan into twelve equal squares; six for tonight’s supper, and six to be reserved for the morrow. 

Noticing a piece that was slightly over-sized, she shaved a small bit from one side and popped it into her mouth. In this manner, she consumed the entire pan.

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