Photo by: Singledust

Photo by: Singledust

Guang-Li had long owned the “Mandarin” restaurant. For decades, Peking Duck hung from the ceiling beside the massive Foo Dogs (Guardian Lions) just inside the entrance. But times were changing. Health inspectors regularly fined Guang-Li for the Peking Duck. They claimed it was unsafe food. Guang-Li thought they were mad.

Guang-Li’s son Michael (Huang-Fu) was influenced by American ideals, much to Guang-Li’s chagrin. Michael stood inside the entrance saying, “Father! You have to remove them.”

Guang-Li was sick of complaints about the Peking Duck. “Never! It’s our culture.”

“Someone might die!” Michael knew their history. They’d killed before.

“Ridiculous!” moaned Guang-Li. His own son knew nothing.

Mr. Blount the health inspector arrived just then, filled with self-importance. “Mr. Chong! These Peeking Ducks are still here.”

“It’s traditional food!”

Blount poked his pen into Guang-Li’s chest. “Remove them, now!”

The ancient Guardians perceived a threat, and the stone Foo Dogs moved suddenly. In seconds, Blount disappeared down their stony maws.

Michael sighed. “That’s what I’ve been talking about, Father! You gotta remove these Foo Dogs!”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/fffaw-challenge-week-of-january-24-2017/

Author’s Notes:

In Los Angeles in the 1980s, health inspectors tried to stop Chinese restaurants from hanging Peking Duck in room temperature. They claimed it was a health risk. Eventually, legislation introduced an “exemption.”

Peking Duck: A wonderful preparation of duck: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_duck

Foo Dogs (Chinese Guardian Lions): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_guardian_lions

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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22 Responses to Miscommunication

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Great, now I’m craving duck. Nice twist at the end there, Eric. That inspector should have stopped while he was ahead!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. James says:

    Someone is going to get suspicious of health inspectors keep going missing at that place.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I suspect you’re right, but it’s hard to prove anything without a body. In this case, it’s unlikely anyone will go looking for Mr. Blount. He didn’t treat his co-workers any better. 😉


  3. Hahahaha! And all along I thought it was the Peking duck! LOL! Cute story! You got me good. 😀

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  4. Lyn says:

    Well, I bet he wasn’t expecting that! I love Peking duck pancakes – especially when you can order extra sauce. There is one problem with them…there are never enough in just one serve 😀

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  5. michael1148humphris says:

    I guess that the Foo Dogs just got 😋 A delicious tale.

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  6. Brilliant. What a deliciously written tale.

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  7. Jade M. Wong says:

    I love this story so much I read it twice. You never fail to entertain and surprise with your twists. This story was a delightful foray into the Chinese culture, and I liked how you gave us a taste of the culture while incorporating your own twist.

    I also love Peking Duck, so thanks for whetting my appetite!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. It’s a fact that smart and successful people all love Peking Duck. 😉 Having lived in the San Francisco area for twenty years, I absorbed a bit of the culture. I still get a surprised look when I ask for pickled mustard greens. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks so much for the glowing words. Much appreciated! 🙂

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  8. List of X says:

    Okay, I guess these stone lions are a health risk, too.

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  9. luckyjc007 says:

    Michael doesn’t like to be wrong! I don’t think his father cares…even if it would have been the about the Piking Ducks! Ducks and dogs…stay, but inspectors Must Go! 🙂

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