Flash Friday Fiction: Food for Thought

Clot Bey in Egyptian army uniform teaching the first modern Anatomy lesson at Abu-Zaabal, Egypt in 20 June 1829. Public domain.
Clot Bey in Egyptian army uniform teaching the first modern Anatomy lesson at Abu-Zaabal, Egypt in 20 June 1829. Public domain.

Food for Thought – 157 Words

“Broccoli,” the student declared, gesturing toward the skeleton hanging from a wooden rack.

“Broccoli? You’re claiming broccoli killed this man?”

“Yes. That was my brother. He always told our mother if she made him eat his broccoli, he’d die. Last week he finally tried a piece to appease her and keeled over dead, instantly nothing but bones.”

The master physician raised his eyebrow and leaned back in his chair. “Interesting. Tell me then, how did the Moor on the table die?”

“Oh, that’s no Moor,” insisted the student. “That’s my neighbor, Rasheed.”

Both eyebrows shot up now. “Rasheed was not dark-skinned!”

“I know,” the student replied. “He overimbibed.”

“Overimbibed? You think this skin discoloration was the result of alcohol?”

“No. Sweets. His wife told me he ate an entire cake last night. She’d warned him too much would kill him. Guess she was right. What we have here is a clear case of death by chocolate.”

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