The food stand at the town fair was most attractive. Mark eyed bottles of chutney, tandoori sauce, and curries. At one side of the stand the proprietor, Ajit, was selling plates of food. As a connoisseur of Indian food, Mark couldn’t resist, especially after seeing the sign that read:
Hottest Chutney in the world. Freshest Tandoori chicken in the world! A unique dining experience.
Mark paid and received his plate very quickly, too quickly. He grimaced at his plate of naan bread, salad, and tandoori chicken. He returned to the stand and held out his skewered piece of chicken. “It’s raw!” he accused Ajit. “Completely uncooked!”
“Yes, sir!” grinned Ajit. He pointed to the dollop of tomato chutney. “You must try the chutney.”
“Don’t distract me! The chicken is uncooked.”
Patiently, Ajit turned him away from the trees and other people. He positioned the raw chicken a foot from Mark’s mouth, then spooned the chutney dollop into Mark’s mouth.
Mark’s eyes watered first, then his hair smoldered. He burped, and three feet of flames erupted from his mouth, roasting the tandoori chicken instantly. He tasted the chicken and sighed.
“Good?” asked Ajit.
“Perfection!” enthused Mark. “I’ll take two more orders…and a fire extinguisher.”
Written for Matthew Wright’s weekly Mega Short-story challenge. Look here for the original prompt: https://mjwrightnz.wordpress.com/2015/09/22/this-weeks-mega-short-story-challenge-10/