Jane bent and opened up the box.
A sniff, a poke, and then she spoke.
“Come on,” she urged, “And take a piece,”
she motioned to her friend, Denise,
who touched her paunch. “Maybe a few,
since I am eating now for two.”

Jane loved to watch her people binge
without a trace of guilty twinge,
the way her best friend always did.
She smiled and shut the coffin’s lid.


Patricia La Barbera  Patricia La Barbera's website is the author of a mystery novella, "THE CELTIC CROW MURDERS." Her work has been published in Flash Me Magazine, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, BluePrint Review, Flutter, House of Horror, With Painted Words, Emerald Tales, and Big Pulp. She lives in the Florida Keys with her husband.

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