The First May Story I Ever Wrote #SampleSunday #StoryADayMay

Story A Day May starts tomorrow! I’m so excited!

I first did this challenge in 2013, and here’s the post I did then. It was a Wednesday, which is Food Day here at Marian Allen, Author Lady:

One of the writing groups I belong to had a writing challenge I hadn’t done yet, so I took that as my prompt. Write a story using the words: caramel, binder, Stonehenge.

Steffie at the Stove

by Marian Allen

Steffie was an international spy, but sometimes she liked to pretend she was the star of a cooking show. Nothing calmed her down at the end of a mission more than messing about in the kitchen.

Today, she didn’t even need to take down the old blue binder, its denim covering faded and threadbare, filled with the recipes she’d been collecting since high school. She knew what she had a taste for.

“There are many uses for caramel,” she said aloud, smiling for the imaginary camera. “One can make caramels, of course, which make lovely gifts, wrapped in twists of cellophane and piled into a pretty box.”

She measured equal amounts of butter and brown sugar into a ceramic saucepan, turned the heat to medium high, and began the stirring that would continue for three minutes after the candy came to a boil.

“One can pour it over popped corn, one can use it to make Soda Cracker Candy, one can top ice cream with it.” Or one can cook it longer than three minutes, producing a substance so hard and sticky that, had Stonehenge been put together with it, Stonehenge would still be complete.

Caramel needed attention. That was why she didn’t realize Donhoff had infiltrated her home base until she felt his Glock at her temple. She granted him the right to his triumphant grin.

“I have caught you unaware! Few can claim that. Now, where is –”

She tossed the pot over her shoulder, wiping the grin off Donhoff’s face with a coat of scalding, clinging (but delicious!) syrup.

He screamed and dropped his gun. Fortunately, she never went anywhere–not even to the kitchen–without her own. She fired twice: once in the heart and once in the head.

As she waited for the Agency clean-up crew to arrive, she said, “Yes, one can always put caramel to some good use. Till next time, this is Steffie At The Stove saying, Let’s get cooking!


A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Have a character use an unconventional weapon.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The First May Story I Ever Wrote #SampleSunday #StoryADayMay

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      Marian Allen

      April 30, 2017 at 2:09pm

      Serves him right. Sneaking up on a poor, defenseless woman like that.

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  1. Joey

    April 30, 2017 at 1:48pm

    Nice twist on a classic weapon, Marian! šŸ™‚

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  2. Pete Laberge

    April 30, 2017 at 5:05pm

    Well, that fixed his sweet tooth! (Maybe I am not showing enough sympathy for the deceased.)
    A GOOD STORY! Now let us wait and see what she does with the words:

    Zucchini, Diary, and Walmart!

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      Marian Allen

      April 30, 2017 at 5:09pm

      What? Pete, WHAT? Are you tossing that out as a challenge? Are you??

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      • Pete Laberge

        April 30, 2017 at 5:24pm

        @Marian Allen

        Less of a challenge, and more of inspiration.

        Who knows what Steffie could do with a Zucchini, and Trump’s Secret Diary, at the local WalMart?
        He wore orange, she wore plaid. The diary was returned, minus 3 pages! Da Dum!

        Heck, Strawberry Compote, Magna Carta, and Buckingham Palace come to mind…..

        But so too do Pemmican, BNA Act, and Heights of Montreal.

        We should leave out a Whopper, a coupon book, and the Local McDonald’s.
        (They hate it at Mc’D’s when you walk in with a Whopper.)
        (On the othe rhand BK hates it if you walks in with a BIg Mac. It IS pretty even.)

        But Bill Clinton, a Big Mac, and a speech are legal. At the Kiwanis Club of course!
        (I am not sure if the K of C would want this sort of risque stuff!)

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          Marian Allen

          May 1, 2017 at 7:59am

          I should have saved the zucchini post for Wednesday (food day), but it got into my head and wouldn’t come out. So, you know, thanks for that, yeah? šŸ˜‰

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          • Pete Laberge

            May 1, 2017 at 1:54pm

            No problem. Now you might do a dozen posts. Gotta keep Steffie busy!

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              • Pete Laberge

                May 1, 2017 at 6:18pm

                @Marian Allen – Steffie and her partners in crime. Rumor is that Randal, now Sir Ghost Randal, was a love interest of hers…..

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  3. acflory

    April 11, 2020 at 7:33am

    Oh! I LOVE Stephie. Do you have more stories with this culinary assassin?

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      Marian Allen

      April 11, 2020 at 8:46am

      I have MANY Steffie stories. She isn’t a culinary assassin, though, just an assassin. šŸ˜€ Use my blog’s Search function to look for Steffie.

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