John Marsden Writing Topic #562

Describe a scene in which there is close scrutiny of every detail.**

Poison

I’m at the home stretch and my plan so far is working.

If I poison too many dishes it would be too obvious that someone is cheating, so I’ve had to be creative in this year’s Country Cooking Contest. Some dishes I spiked with MSG (which is banned), I’ve switched out spice bottles, sugar for salt and vice versa, measuring cups for cups that are a few mLs larger than they’re supposed to be…I could go on.

The Country Association have upped the ante, or at least the marketing of the Contest, by having a large press pack attend. This means I’ve had to be sneakier this year. So far so good. I’ve been looking around before switching things out or flinging things to the ground so they’re out of sight.

I’m in the final two with Julie McSimon, last year’s winner, my sabotage with her has to be big and perfect, especially as she’s been so smug and determined to win all day. Ipecac is my weapon of choice – simple, yet effective.

As Julie bent over to get another ingredient for her triple-chocolate cake, I bent over my desk to get my secret weapon of sabotage. The bottle of ipecac at the bottom of my bag…. which isn’t here.

Why isn’t it here? My car keys, house keys, wallet, cleaning gear are here…. oh crap! I’ve left it in the bathroom at home! Crap!

I guess I have no choice but to try and win fair and square. Damn it!

 

This story was partially inspired by this scene in The Simpsons – Season 16, Episode 2 (All’s Fair in Oven War).

 

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

 

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