Substitutions by Brooks C. Mendell

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“Follow the recipe exactly,” said Mother. “You’ll delight your stepfather.”

So, I braised the beef, cut the carrots and diced the onions, as directed. But I substituted arsenic for the oregano and garnished with pomegranates instead of parsley.

And that groping, bad-breathed Judas loved it to the end.

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Brooks C. Mendell

Brooks C. Mendell writes and works in forestry. He lives near Athens, Georgia. Please read his stories in Mystery Tribune, Daily Science Fiction, 365tomorrows and elsewhere. www.brooksmendell.com

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