DOING YOUR DUTY

A note sat next to the baking tray. For the best Daddy in the world.

‘They’re very colourful. You decorated them all by yourself?’

A shy nod of the head.

He was going to have to eat one of them. ‘Which one should I have?’

The pudgy finger pointed at a biscuit covered in a mound of green icing and a liberal mess of decoration.

‘A cat,’ he guessed.

Eager eyes watched him as he picked it up and bit into the hard substance.

He felt the tooth crack on the first bite.

‘Mmmmmmmmmm,’ he grimaced through the pain. ‘Delicious.’


Copyright Jennifer Pendergast

Written for Friday Fictioneers 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.

Also linking up with the Fandango’s One Word Challenge #FOWC. Today’s word was: NOTE.


For the month of April (starting tomorrow) I will be taking part in the A-Z blogging challenge, and will be posting about my State Trilogy novels each day, including plots, themes, characters and the writing and publishing process. So if you’ve read the books, or haven’t but might be interested in them, I hope it will be of interest to some of you. My Theme Reveal post can be read HERE.

85 responses to “DOING YOUR DUTY”

  1. A great answer to the challenge! Thank you for sharing, and i am happy the backery is only virtual. No need of counting carlories. Lol Have a beautiful day! Michael

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    1. Haha, I gave up counting calories a long time ago! Have a great day too! 🙂

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  2. Greater love hath no man! Good luck with the A to Z challenge

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    1. Sometimes you just have to bite the biscuit. Thanks Neil.

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    1. Thank you Sadje 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome

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  3. Cos that’s what Daddy does, no questions!
    We’ve all been there, Iain

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    1. It’s the sacrifices we make! Thanks CE

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  4. Ouch! I broke a tooth last November, so I can empathize with this guy.

    I like how, in a short space, you showed the guy’s ability to compliment his child on the cookie — despite the pain he felt. A good dad move.

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    1. Thanks Dave, glad you liked it. Dad’s have to make these sacrifices! 🙂

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  5. Oh no! I hope he has that looked at as soon as possible. Agreed that this is good dad in action, but good dad needs to get himself to the dentist as soon as this is over or good dad might get an infection and then what? Man, I am channeling my mom talking to my dad now. Really fun story.

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    1. Thanks Anne – yep, a trip to the dentist beckons!

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  6. Dear Iain,

    Oh the sacrifices we make for our children. Delightful story. Is this taken from true life? 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle. Not broken a tooth yet – thankfully – but I have had to taste some interesting home baking! 🙂

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  7. What a great father!

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    1. Thanks Ashley – he’s certainly trying!

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  8. The things we do for our kids! Sweet tale!

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    1. Thanks Dale – got to make those sacrifices! 😉

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      1. Painful as they can be…

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  9. Nice to see someone bakes gingerbread as well as I do! Good story Iain!

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    1. Lol – baking is not my area of expertise! Thanks Mason.

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      1. You’re welcome.
        It kind of is mine as a trained chef. I still end up with ginger concrete most of the time lol

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  10. One of my tooth’s nerves jumped there. The things a parent will do for their child. A painful, yet heartwarming, story Iain.

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂

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  11. Yep, that’s pretty much exactly how it went in real life. Those gingerbread cookies were hard as nails and about as tasty! I loved the perspective here.

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  12. More like rock cakes than biscuits! A lovely story Iain.

    Best of luck with the challenge, I’ll see you tomorrow.

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  13. Won’t won’t we do for our kids?

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    1. There are limits, but biscuits is a must eat!!

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  14. What we do for our kids! And we/they never outgrow it!

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    1. It’s a fine line between encouragement and false hope! 🙂

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  15. Now, that’s a good daddy 🙂

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  16. Let’s hear it for a good Daddy! No wonder you’re ‘The best Daddy in the world.’ What a lovely story, Iain. Thank you.

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    1. You’re welcome, and thank you 🙂

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  17. We need more stories like this

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    1. Thanks Larry, much appreciated.

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  18. I loved this, Iain. It made me chuckle but warmed my heart as well. What a terrific Dad, cracked tooth and all.

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  19. That’s revenge for all those trips to the dentist.

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    1. It may even have been deliberate…!

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  20. Fortunately never broke a tooth but had to submit to get my hair styled a number of times. Sweet story.

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    1. I have no hair, but the painted nails was fun!!

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  21. What a good Daddy! Would be like another one?

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      1. Maybe later, thanks!!

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  22. That’s what fathers do, is it not?
    Looking forward to the April posts 🙂

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    1. Thanks Pradeep 🙂

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  23. Made me smile. What a great dad! I love the rather resigned “He was going to have to eat one of them” 🙂

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    1. I experience that resigned feeling quite a lot at home at the moment! 🙂

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  24. The joys of parenting 🙂

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    1. It has its moments! 🙂

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  25. He should have dunked it!

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    1. Of course! He’ll do that with the next one. Lesson learned!

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  26. DEElightful and DEElicious! 🙂

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  27. That’s doing your Dad duties, right! Good story Kelly

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  28. That was lovely. It’s what a good father does.

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  29. Ha ha, the trials of parenthood. Nice one Iain. 🙂

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  30. Aw, a very sweet tale. I cringed at the “tooth crack” though. A dedicated dad.

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  31. isn’t being dad much fun? a moment to remember. 🙂

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    1. Always fun, got to smile through the pain! 🙂

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  32. What a good Dad. Well done.

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  33. Ouch! Thats too many sweets when a child for you!!

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    1. Bah! Can never have too many sweets! 😉

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  34. The things a parent endures for their child! 🙂

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    1. All in the line of duty 🙂

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  35. Ahh, the sacrifice of a Father’s love. Beautiful story.

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  36. Awwwwww best Daddy in the world. Ouch! Love this!

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  37. A loving and bitter sweet story ! Like the way you build up the unappetizing qualities of the biscuit.

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  38. I can well relate to this . I often find bits of my brittle teeth in a particularly hard bit of food ! ( I’m soon moving to dentures now )

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