The Cup of Excellence

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I set the table before they could arrive. Their coffee ready and labeled. I placed the muffins for they needed sweetness to gossip bitterly.

I stood in the kitchen. After all, who likes to see the invisible maid?

Praising the brand, they sipped their coffees. I scoffed silently. An hour later they finished their coffee and left. I came out and declared, “that was their last cups of joe.”

The hostess took a sip of her tea and smiled to see her partner in crime. As I cleared the table, raising her cup she exclaimed, “excellent!” And I humbly bowed.

(c) 2018 Priya U Bajpai
PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior
This post is written for Friday Fictioneers.


  1. neilmacdon says:

    I loved “for they needed sweetness to gossip bitterly”

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Ah, an accessory to her boss’s crime! Wicked tale.

  3. Dale says:

    I liked that phrase too! “needed sweetnes…”
    Of course, I bet you the maid will end up alone in being prosecuted should it come to that…

  4. subroto says:

    “needed sweetness to gossip bitterly” is an excellent way to putting it. One more reason to drink tea instead 😉

  5. granonine says:

    They needed the sweetness to gossip bitterly. Wow. That’s a great line.

  6. “they needed sweetness to gossip bitterly” wonderful line and a devious plan.

  7. vidhiduggal says:

    Loved it totally. Very crisp, very apt. Perfect ending to a perfect tale.

  8. Abhijit Ray says:

    Poisoning coffee, bot maid and hostess hand in glove! Why such enmity?

  9. Dear Priya,
    It sounds like something of a conspiracy. Nicely done. The story I mean. 😉

  10. Seriously, who wants to see the maid!! Loved this thought – they needed sweetness to gossip bitterly! Excellent Priya

  11. jillyfunnell says:

    I reckon a shot of sweetness truly does aid a nice bit of gossip. But not bitter gossip. Well told, Priya.

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