Addictive Habit

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

Posted as a contribution to Friday Fictioneers

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Addictive Habit

Habit is a strange thing.
I wake early, make hot Arabic with frothy milk, and enjoy the moment of solitude as the day begins. I watch Georgios arrive in his dinghy, there is a soft murmur from the water as it nudges against the pier.
I collect a box of red mullet, sardines, a whole tuna, a case of shrimp and a parcel.
I pay cash in US dollars.
My modest fish restaurant is popular; my customers devour the infused saffron dishes.
They leave feeling euphoric and lifted from their earlier depressive thoughts and so willingly pay my exorbitant prices.

30 responses to “Addictive Habit

  1. Hmmmm wonder what else he might be sprinkling on the dishes. Or perhaps I’m too suspicious. 🤣

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  2. Great James. I love how you tell a story with the words you don’t say.

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  4. I love the way you wrote this… you’ve brought us right in with him. Exorbitant prices are relative. If they are satisfied, then they feel the price is right.

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  5. i wonder what the secret ingredient is. looks like a winner. 🙂

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  6. I cannot think that the prices are exuberant, the customers seems to be happy so that’s just what capitalism is…

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  7. I wondered what was in that parcel. 🙂
    Return customers is what keeps business afloat.

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  8. Exorbitant prices?
    You know my little town so well!

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  9. I’ve not eaten in a place like that since the swinging sixties! Nice one James.

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  10. If they’ll pay it, charge it! It’s certainly very fresh.

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  11. One way to make money. Tourists will pay nearly anything.

    Like

  12. I like the way your character begins their day. It’s a calming ritual which will later be reflected in the calming ritual of the fine diners.

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  13. I’ll have whatever he’s serving if it makes the world seem a better place! 🙂

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  14. Good food will do that … lift your spirits and is worth the exhorbitant cost I suppose. Nice story, James! =)

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  15. I like the way you sneaked in the ‘infused saffron’ into the fish dishes leading to euphoric customers. A recipe for getting return customers !
    Interesting to read your article from Writing Magazine. I am fascinated by a writer’s process.

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  16. I like the clever way you leave us not quite sure whether your main character is using illegal substances or not. I’d always wondered why those waterfront tavernas were so expensive! (Yum – red mullet baked with tomato, onion, lemon, white wine and garlic!)

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  17. Healthy food is a good addiction 🙂

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  18. I loved the sound of the water against the pier

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  19. Guess your customers also have a habit – eating at your restaurant!
    👌

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