Short Story: The Baker From Perrifort

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James McEwan


A light piece of humour. Marcel's ambition takes prominence over the renovation of his new home. He leaves his young bride alone for a year, as he goes to Paris to become a master baker.


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French Toast

Once a proud baker from Paris did boast.

That he was an exceptional party host.

The guests all covered their eyes

Hiding their shock and surprise.

As he danced naked, swinging his French toast.

The Baker from Pierrefort.

Marcel’s ambition was to become renowned as the greatest master baker in all of France.

‘You must use the finest of flour.’ His grandfather had instructed the five year old. Marcel had stood by the side of the wooden table and watched. He learned how to sieve the flour, and twice, to remove the roughness of the hairy husks left in by the miller.

‘The course flour we can use for bread,’ his grandfather had said, ‘but Marcel, you must only use the finest for cakes.’

Those childhood days in his grandfather’s bakery, immersed in the aroma of warm bread and fresh cakes, were fundamental to his aspirations. Unfortunately his dreams were interrupted by the loss of his family during the…

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Krystyna Fedosejevs said "Wow, not only is your story highly entertaining, it burst me into uncontrollable laughter upon its ending.Well done, Sir James!"
2 years ago
Sam Kandej said "Very amusing :-))"
2 years ago
John Buckley said "Brilliant. Wish I'd thought of it."
2 years ago
James McEwan Guest Editor replied saying "Hi John, just a bit of fun to lighten up the day, thanks for reading. Regards, James."
2 years ago
Suzanne Mays Guest Editor said "So funny, James. Thanks for the good laugh, Suzanne."
2 years ago
James McEwan Guest Editor replied saying "Hi Suzanne, thanks for the comment, I am pleased you had a good laugh. I heard this once as a badly told joke and just had to open it up into something more substantial. Not my normal genre, but I enjoyed writing it. Regards, James."
2 years ago
Daniel Pearce said "Fantastic punch-line, seems that egotistical chef got his just desserts. I laughed and loved it! Dan"
2 years ago
June Griffin said "A wonderful must-read! I am still laughing! June"
2 years ago

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