One pizza won’t hurt, thought Agnes as she crept down the stairs.

She was still waiting to see any results after joining the slimming club. She was racked with guilt when the pizza arrived. The weigh-in was on Friday, she still had time to lose a couple of pounds.

A couple of pieces won’t hurt.


Archie woke the next morning.

He found Agnes on the sofa. The pizza box lay open, half of it was left.

Archie helped himself to a piece of pizza. Since Agnes had started slimming club he had put on a stone. He didn’t like to see food go to waste.

Dale Rogerson

Written as part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

This month I am taking part in the A to Z Challenge 2017 – a post each day based on the letters of the alphabet and a theme. You can visit my A TO Z CHALLENGE 2017 page here to read the story.

As this challenge will take up a lot of my blogging time I may not get round to commenting on everyone’s posts, but I hope to find time to read all your stories as usual, and still be able to participate in Friday Fictioneers each week.

80 responses to “BALANCING THE SCALES”

  1. My husband’s always been an Archie, but with only one child left at home and a wife who only makes just enough, his powers as a human garbage disposal are weakening. 😀

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  2. This is an interesting take on the prompt. However as someone who knew the effects of wartime rationing, I dislike seeing food wasted.

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  3. I had a friend who went to a spa — $70 per day—- to fast, but then came jome a month later ordered an x-large pizza and ate the whole thing. Her newly purged system couldn”t handle the OD of salt. Plus she wiped out her weight loss goal. Poor lady.

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  4. I hated that I was the garbage can for my kids. What a stupid thing to do! We don’t want it to go to waist…. like that little play there? Hee hee…

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  5. I understand her completely, one slice never hurts. That’s my mantra as I avoid those slimming clubs. Great take on the prompt, I enjoyed this one.

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  6. So funny and so true. It can be so difficult to let food go to waste when we’re eating together with the family. We know the consequences but we cram whatever is left in our mouths all the same! Great writing, Iain!

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