MUD PIE MOJO

‘Man, all I want is to eat a Mud Pie Mojo at the Cold Stone Creamery on North Marion Street. I’d give my other damn leg just to get back there.’

‘You’ll get there. Give it time.’

‘Easy for you to say.’

‘Never said it would be easy.’ Rachel felt the scar tissue and the strange contours as she massaged. ‘You got someone waiting there for you?’

‘Not anymore.’

‘I’ll make a deal with you. You do the physio, get yourself out of here, I’ll come to Chicago and we’ll share a Mud Pie Mojo together.’

‘Deal, Doc,’ he smiled.


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Copyright J Hardy Carroll

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.

98 responses to “MUD PIE MOJO”

  1. I sense more than a doctor-patient relationship there. I’d have loved a hint of why

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    1. Interesting thought, I honestly hadn’t thought beyond a carer who wanted to see her patient rehabilitated, but of course far stranger things have happened than a doctor-patient relationship becoming something more.

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  2. Mud Pie Mojo sounds… interesting. I hope they get to meet up.

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    1. I looked up the menu, the name jumped out as seeming to fit the story, the picture looked pretty good too 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the reblog 🙂

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  3. Interesting.
    Mud Pie Mojo must be awesome. The love of it makes people agree 🙂

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    1. It certainly looks awesome!

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  4. I get the sense of a bit of a budding romance over the stump. Hope he gets there.

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  5. Dear Iain,

    I can almost taste the Mud-Pie. A lot of story within these few words of dialogue. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you Rochelle

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  6. I hope he gets his Mud Pie Mojo! After glancing through the other comments, I can see that I’m not alone in thinking that love is in the air for those two!

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  7. If you tip the people at Cold Stone Creamery, they have to sing. The ice cream is really good, too.

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    1. I could skip the singing, but the ice cream looks amazing 🙂

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      1. Ha! I’m with you on that!

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  8. Nice that the doc wants to take the therapy to another level. Hate to say it, but Cold Stone ice cream really isn’t all that good. It’s all about the mixing stuff in and the show (doing the mixing). The first place I ever had mix in,, and with excellent ice cream, was Amy’s in Austin, Texas. Nice take on the pic.

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    1. Thanks Stu – maybe I’ll give it a miss if I’m ever back in the States!

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  9. Nice, fluent story, Iain.

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  10. That isthe kind of doctor we’d all want to meet, she knows how to motivate a patient. Wonderful story, Iain.

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  11. Another great story, Iain with so many layers to it…just like the Mud Pie Mojo. Too often these days, we hear stories about doctors, nurses, teachers, the police etc making mistakes, and we don’t usually hear about the good things they do. A friend of mine has Motor Neurone Disease which is a beast of a disease. However, her doctor is the most incredible man. He and his wife have held fundraising dinner parties in their home. One night her breathing equipment went on the blink and she was in ICU and he was hunting down a replacement for her. I now all my doctors desperately want me to do well and get on top of things and I know they’ve got my back in ways that I can’t even put into words. There are many teachers and volunteers out there who help kids who really struggle with reading and it takes a lot of work for any progress, but they have such patience. There really is so much good in our world, and when we find it, we really ought to celebrate it and ring the brass bell.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

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    1. I agree Rowena, about time we really started focusing on the positive news a bit more, although it has been said time and time again and never seems to change. Thanks for reading.

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  12. Very engaging story. And it sounds like the beginning of a romance.

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  13. Love the upbeat idea in this, whether romance is involved or not. “Doc” is a true caregiver.

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  14. This was a lovely take, Iain.
    Like you, I didn’t so much feel there was a budding romance but a care-giver giving incentive to her patient…
    And whatever gives one the will to move forward is a good one!

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    1. Thanks Dale, you read it as I had seen it in my mind 🙂

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  15. No one is waiting for him anymore. Sometimes love is shallow.

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    1. Thanks James, I wanted to add that little point in there. Glad you noticed it.

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  16. “Possible” is enough.

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    1. Sometimes it’s all we need.

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  17. Very well told. Nice incentive to heal.

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  18. Lovely tale! I always feel to really treat such patients, a doctor has to be sympathetic to their situation. He needs to emanate a positive vibe so as to make the patients feel at ease.

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  19. This reminded me of the fabulous therapists who came to my house when my 6 monthbold son was going through early intervention. His setback was losing motor and other skills he had gained before that time. My dad, too had a long recovery from a bad car accident. Health care providers can push us when we least want to budge. Liked the chemistry, even if platonic, between these two.

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    1. wow – that is a some story – and #love therapists

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    2. Thank you, they are very undervalued members of our care system.

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  20. Oh… what a wonderful relationship building up… you cannot have a mud pie mojo by yourself.

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  21. The beginning of a great friendship. Great piece. The dialogue was spot-on.

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  22. I got a hint of the start of a relationship here. I’d love to know what happens next.

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  23. nice way to bring in the cold stone on the corner (I incorporated it too – but in a different way)
    anyhow, could feel the massaging and looks like a connection

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  24. Ice cream is a great motivator. At least I think so. Nicely done Iain.

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    1. It works for me too 🙂

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  25. What a brilliant name for a dish. And yes, like so many others, I too thought this’ll lead to something more intimate eventually.

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    1. Thank you, it looks good too 🙂

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  26. Mud Pie sounds as delicious as my local speciality, Sussex Pond Pudding! Good ‘ole Dr Mojo!

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    1. Mmmm, well that sounds appetizing Keith…

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  27. Quite a delectable name Mud Pie Mojo. Must be delicious. I liked the relationship between the two of them. Very friendly and kinda intimate too, maybe not in a romantic way, but it was beautiful.

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  28. Such a beautifully poignant story written even more beautifully. Looks like she is soon going to end up as his mojo.

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  29. Now there are two things to get better for!

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  30. Great start to a love story – and mud pie as well. If it contains chocolate they’ll be bound to fall in love.

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    1. It does, among a lot of other sugary things!

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  31. A therapist must do everything she can to keep her patients motivated. Good on her. Maybe something more will blossom between them. Loved this.

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    1. Thank you, much appreciated 🙂

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  32. the kind of doctor we could all wish for. 🙂

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  33. Positive reinforcement! Love it. Great story

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  34. I think as a general rule most doctors want to see their patients improve and do well. She has offered to go above & beyond. No wonder so many readers think love is in the air.

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  35. A hopeful story.
    Thank you.

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  36. I looked it up and the Mud Pie Mojo looks incredible, worth looking forward to. Living overseas, I often crave good ice cream. Your dialogue is always so realistic. I could feel his underlying sadness and her motivational spirit. She’s an inspirational therapist and carer. The world needs more of those. Great story, Iain! =)

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda – all the ice creams look pretty good on the menu! 🙂

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  37. I like how something as simple as Ice Cream can cause a diversion from the real pain and issue going on. A positive and look forward that keeps us sane.

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  38. These 2 are pretty close, no? The Mud Pie Mojo might just seal the deal! ( I’m a romantic at heart)

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    1. The world needs romantics 🙂

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  39. Everyone needs something to help push them through the tough times. If that something is a Mud Pie Mojo from your favorite ice cream shop, so be it. Well written!

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  40. Such a warm hopeful story Iain! I loved it 🙂

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  41. a lovely doc- patient relationship. and above all I liked the Mud Pie Mojo

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  42. Love the conversation and voices in this, which tell of their friendly, banter-full relationship.

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  43. Sweet story! I hope he’s not waiting too long for his Mud Pie Mojo.

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  44. Sweet story on many levels. Well done, Iain!

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  45. I really like the understated rapport between them – how the doc engages with his feelings as well as his physical recovery. Well told.

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