Furious Fiction – September 2019

The brief of the AWC Furious Fiction—September 2019 short story competition was as follows:

  • Each story had to include the name of at least ONE element from the periodic table.
  • Each story’s first and last words had to begin with S.
  • Each story had to contain the words TRAFFIC, JOWLS and HIDDEN.
  • And finally, each story had to include something that BUZZES.




Otherwise known as sodium or sodium chloride, it has always been my favourite type of seasoning. I would add it to every meal I’d eat. But I discovered at my recent physical that salt didn’t love me back, in fact it has bitten me on the arse.

I couldn’t help but think of the words he used to give me my results, as I waited for the traffic lights to turn green. High blood pressure, fluid retention, other than my jowls, my love for salt wasn’t so physically hidden anymore.

The lights turned green and my phone buzzed. I knew it’d be either my wife, Sally, keen to know how everything went, or one of those reminder messages about my upcoming appointment with the dietician. I wasn’t in a hurry to find out, I’d be home soon anyway, in fact right now.

I pulled into the driveway and she was standing there waiting for me, clearly she’s already figured out how it went. She wasn’t the type of person to say “I told you so” but I couldn’t help but feel she wanted to.

My life has to be different now, especially my eating, but I have to change, especially for her. I’m doing this for Sally.


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