Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author R.A. Clarke @RAClarkeWrites @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

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Your Order is Ready for Pickup 
by R.A. Clarke

2022-06-16 12:35

Hello there,

I’d like to order a dozen vanilla cupcakes please. It’s a retirement gift. Please use white icing and make them as pretty as you can. I’ll need them by Saturday (June 19th).

Thanks so much!

Penny Lowman


2022-06-16 14:54

Dear Miss Lowman,

We can absolutely have that order ready for you by Saturday. Please pay the attached invoice, and we will start making your 12 vanilla cupcakes with white icing.

Pickup will be any time after noon on Friday. Thank you.

Jess

Jessebel’s Artisan Cakes


2022-06-16 15:15

Jess,

Hi again. I just opened the invoice and noticed something odd I’d like clarified before I pay. I ordered simple vanilla cupcakes with white icing, but it says “sin whipped frosting”. ?? Has my order been confused with another? Also, why do I need to give a digital signature?

I’d appreciate it if you could correct and resend the invoice.

Thanks again!

Penny


2022-06-16 15:44

Miss Lowman,

The invoice is correct. Firstly, I assure you your icing will be white. “Sin whipped” is simply an in-house reference—shorthand for “single serve”. Many of our icing portions are pre-packaged individually and frozen short term for maximum freshness. Lastly, your signature merely locks in your commitment to order.

I apologize for the confusion. Please sign and pay at your earliest convenience.

Thank you.

Jess

Jessebel’s Artisan Cakes


2022-06-20 11:26

Jess,

I picked up the cupcakes and they were perfect. My grandparents said they were absolutely delicious. They even shared one with me, and I agree. Top notch. I left you a 5-star review. Thank you!

Penny


2022-06-21 08:01

Miss Lowman

Good news! You’ve been selected to win a free gift. You may pick up another dozen sin whipped cupcakes at our downtown location TODAY. Don’t delay, as this offer expires at closing time. Congratulations.

Jess

Jessebel’s Artisan Cake


2022-06-23 07:41

Jess,

Thank you so much! Those free cupcakes were as delicious as the others I tasted.

Can I please order another 3 dozen? I can’t get the taste out of my mind, and my grandparents have been pestering me about when I can get more for them. They don’t venture out much these days. Funny enough, I got my boyfriend hooked on them, too.

Penny


2022-06-24 14:02

Miss Lowman,

I’m terribly sorry for the late reply. I always try to answer emails the same day but we have been extremely busy. Orders have been piling up and it will be at least two weeks before we can fulfill your order. Apologies for the wait, but if you still wish to proceed, you’ll find the invoice attached.

Thank you.

Jess

Jessebel’s Artisan Cakes


2022-06-24 14:40

Jess,

Is there any way I can get them sooner? I don’t think you understand how much I need those cupcakes. My boyfriend’s been at my throat to get more. And well… they’re the only food that seems to fill us up. I’ve been really on edge—so hungry. But whenever I eat one of your cupcakes, I feel better. Calmer.

Sorry, I don’t mean to over share. I just really need them. Now.

Penny


2022-06-24 16:58

Miss Lowman,

Thank you for your purchase and continued patronage. I’m flattered you think so highly of our product. While I truly do understand the addictive nature of our sin whipped cupcakes, I’m sorry, but I can’t bypass equally desirous customers on your behalf. With parliament voting on that controversial environment conservation bill on the 30th—you know, the one promising to stop Earth from heating up—everyone has been clamoring for comfort food.

Your order will be ready for pickup in two weeks time.

Jess


2022-06-27 09:30

Jess,

Just give me more cupcakes! Look, I’ve tried to be patient, but I can’t wait any longer. I stopped by the store today, but the lineup was around the block. What can I do? I’ll do anything.

My grandparents broke into my house last night accusing me of hoarding them. I actually had to shoot my grandma to keep her from stabbing me. Grandpa and my boyfriend got into a huge brawl—even bit each other! It was horrible.

They’re locked in my basement right now, so if you don’t give me my cupcakes, I fear it won’t end well. I can’t think straight. Just looking at them tied up makes me so hungry.

I need cupcakes!

Penny


2022-06-28 16:25

Miss Lowman,

Goodness, that sounds like quite the ordeal. It seems something very strange is happening around town. We’ve received numerous reports of pastry-crazed individuals acting out on terrifyingly violent desires. While, of course, I can’t explain this boggling situation, I trust you’ll control yourself. They’re only cupcakes, after all. Surely you can resist the temptation and maintain calm until your order is ready.

Just two short weeks from now.

Jess

Jessebel’s Artisan Cakes


2022-06-29 08:08

Jess,

You can’t explain? Are you serious!? I ate my grandparents last night because I couldn’t bite into your damn cupcakes. I just attacked my boyfriend at breakfast with a bread knife—sawed his head right off. I mean, bloody meat is better than nothing, but it’s no cupcake. What’s happening to me? I can’t stop the hunger. It’s driving me crazy!

This is your fault. You’re behind all of this.

You have to pay for what you’ve done.

I wonder how you will taste.

Penny


2022-06-29 08:30

Miss. Lowman,

Once again, I am honoured that you crave our product. My sin whipped frosting has proven irresistible to many. I understand your frustration and I’d like to help ease the burden you feel.

It sounds like you could use a cupcake.

Why don’t you come to the parliament building tomorrow at 2:00pm? We will be there handing out countless boxes of cupcakes to all who crave them. Make sure you make your way into the House of Commons. Guards may try to stop you from disrupting the vote in progress, but remember why you’re there. I promise many cupcakes. As many as you can eat.

We’ll be waiting.

Jess

Jessebel’s Artisan Cakes

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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author R.A. Clarke @RAClarkeWrites @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Brilliant! For once, I’m grateful I don’t care for vanilla cupcakes!

  2. I love this story – it’s so wicked. I have a friend who makes champagne cupcakes which are to die for so this isn’t so far from our reality. 🙂

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