Five Sentence Fiction—Inspire

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Inspire.

engagement ring
Here is my offering:

Gregory thought his  plan was inspired; he’d made reservations, stopped by the restaurant early to finalize arrangements, and returned home to put on his best suit. They had been shown to a prime table and showered with all sorts of attention when he slipped the maître d’ some cash and told him with a wink that it was Sheryl’s birthday. The food and wine were sublime, and at the end of the meal a trio of handsome, deeply tanned waiters set a rich, dense slice of “Death by Chocolate” down in front of Sheryl and sang an Italian version of “Happy Birthday” in three part harmony. When the three tenors retreated Sheryl took a bite and Gregory went down on one knee—ready to propose—from where he watched his frightened girlfriend begin to choke on the engagement ring that had been hidden in her slice of cake and was now firmly lodged in her throat. Luckily, Ernesto—one of the three swarthy Italian tenors—knew how to administer the Heimlich Maneuver keeping the dessert’s name from fulfilling a prophecy.

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16 comments on “Five Sentence Fiction—Inspire

  1. What a guy, Gregory thought of everything. Sounds like a wonderful birthday and an unforgettable evening. I gasped when she choked on the ring. Thank goodness Ernesto didn’t have the night off! 🙂 Fun read, I enjoyed this very much.

  2. Oh, My! I was hoping for a happy ending. Does she say Yes?

  3. I can see the panic on his face! Bet he’s glad he booked the tenors!

  4. Omg. Wow! I imagine he was as traumatized as she after that debacle. Lol

  5. Hah! This is why I’m not one for romantic gestures… Nice one, made me smile.

  6. That was fun.
    Now i know why a certain kind of humor is called a “gag.”

  7. A question – were you by any chance eating chocolate cake when you came up with this idea? Chocolate can be very inspiring! I love the play on “Death by Chocolate”, that would be quite the dramatic way to “go” wouldn’t it?

    • No I wasn’t, but you are right food can be very inspiring. I have written more than a few pieces centered around food. Thanks for bellying up to the bar and for your comments!

  8. Very relieved for a happy ending here; choking on that gorgeous ring would have just been awful. Just as well he booked those tenors and I hope once she recovered she said yes! Cute story despite the choking. xx

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