Candle Mustard

It’s the Tale Weaver challenge at MindLoveMisery Menagerie:

Imagine you open your mail and discover the above invitation.

Weave a tale in which you explore what a Grartor party might be.

Let your imagination guide you, go where the prompt leads you.

Please limit your responses to 500 – 600 words.

The mail carrier had come early that day, and Melissa rushed out to see what he’d brought. There was a shiny looking envelope hand-lettered in magenta “Candle Mustard” — their signature font.

“Oh, God,” she mumbled. “Not  another damn Grartor Party.”

Sure enough, it was. And for that coming Saturday, no less.

“Crap! I’m so sick of these stupid things!”

Melissa had been to several that year, and they all ended up the same. What a waste of a Saturday night.

It never entered her mind not to go. That just wasn’t done. As far as Melissa knew, no one in the history of Grartor Township had ever declined an invitation. If you were invited, you went.

Saturday rolled around and Melissa wore the usual little black dress, her mother’s pearls, and a pair of black heels. It never occurred to Melissa to wear anything different. Besides, she didn’t want to be conspicuous. It was always better to blend in at these events.

Melissa arrived at the Party at the appointed time. There were a few new faces this time. She wondered where they’d come from, but didn’t care enough to find out. What did it matter?

The band was the same as always, Carp & the Diems. Melissa, like most Grartor natives, knew the band’s playlist by heart. Right now they were playing Moon River, next would be Come Fly With Me.

Soon, the waiters came around with their delicately balanced trays of champagne glasses. Each of the guests took one, drank it in one gulp and replaced the empty glass on the waiter’s tray.

The guests then lined up with their backs against the wall. Next the blindfolds came out. Each guest took one and tied it around their heads. Everyone knew the drill.

No one knew whom the executioner would be, whom he or she would choose, or when the single shot would be fired. Sometimes it took three minutes, other times wait-time was a half hour or more.

The last thing the “winner” would hear was Carp & the Diems  playing That’s Life.


SusanWritesPrecise/ Susan Marie Shuman


4 thoughts on “Candle Mustard

  1. This whole piece sounds like it could be the opening chapter to a book!
    I really like murder mysteries… but more often humors ones.
    Though anyone going ‘belly – up’ isn’t a good thing.

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