Pot Luck Party – A Short Story

Collin Street Bakery Fruit Cake – Image Credit: bringfido.com

**A fictional tale**

Candy Kane, Arty Choke, and Eggy Naug could not believe their eyes when they saw the huge Christmas fruit cake at their office holiday party. Especially because Mrs. Grinds, the CEO, had made it clear how much she disliked Christmas cakes every day since December first, last year.

“She is not a person to be trifled with,” said Tira Mesoo spraying whipped cream on a slice of pumpkin pie.

The potluck office party had gone off without a hitch. The employer provided the main course food items. While the staff each contributed one modest dessert of their own creation. And the honor of baking the grand finale had been given to Ms. Vanilla Kup-Cooke. She assured everyone that she would make something befitting the grand ceremony that was Pick Ur Dessert Company’s annual December 23, holiday celebration.

Arriving fashionably late, Mrs. Grinds made a beeline for the dessert table to critique each of her staff’s creations. Her demeanor was so intense, the atmosphere so thick, the staff felt that she was ready to give them a piece of her mind, one thin slice at a time.

She spoke to no one except to make an overt statement that she had “lucked out.” There was nothing that she liked on offer. Commenting, further, she made it clear that she felt that she had wasted her time in attending the potluck party.

Then, there was an awkward silence; save for the faint mumble of Jingle Bells from the satellite music piped in over the office’s public address system.

Softly and courageously Ms. Vanilla Kup-Cooke who had baked the Christmas fruit cake creation walked over to Mrs. Grinds.

She spoke. “Well I am sorry, you are not happy with the cake selections, but Christmas is not about desserts, Mrs. Grinds.”

Having the wind knocked out of her outburst, Mrs. Grinds reflected on her behavior. Subsequently, she issued a heartfelt apology to everyone present. She explained that the holidays were a difficult time for her.

Immediately, everyone rallied around Mrs. Grinds with an outpouring of compassion, love, and good cheer. The potluck party was a resounding success.

****The End****

Published by Suzette Benjamin

Positive thinker, inspirational, writer, faith

26 thoughts on “Pot Luck Party – A Short Story

  1. Wow, I say yess to a sweet, happy ending! Beautiful story, totally brought out the flavour and spirit of Christmas. Lovely! ๐Ÿ‘Œ Merry Christmas to you and yours ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŽ†๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ

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