Pie R Squared: A 99-word Flash Fiction

Charli Mills over at Carrot Ranch recently painted a room or two the color of key lime pie (and she is not quite sure of her color choice) so this week’s prompt is to write a 99-word flash fiction (no more, no less) about key lime pie and to go where the prompt leads. Here is my take on this prompt.

Pie R Squared

Laura was a math teacher; math consumed her life. She always calculated each ingredient in her recipe down to the lowest common denominator.

Her husband’s birthday was tomorrow, March fourteenth, and instead of cake, Daniel wanted pie. Whether blackberry, pumpkin, or lemon meringue, it didn’t matter. He just loved pie.

Laura went to the store to get the fixings. Returning home, she made the crust before assembling the pie filling. She couldn’t calculate the volume of the key limes which frustrated her because they weren’t strictly cylinders, but with the help of her favorite pi, his pie was delicious.

Nancy Brady, 2019

See all the flash fictions at http://www.carrotranch.com on the subject of key lime pie.

As a child, when my mom asked what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday, I innocently said, “pumpkin pie,” not realizing the difference. After explaining the difference  between pie and cake, she still made me what I wanted that year and every year afterwards because that’s what I preferred.

One of my haiku from my poetry book, Three Breaths:

pumpkin pie

still my favorite

birthday cake

~Nancy Brady, 2013


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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12 Responses to Pie R Squared: A 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    We’ve got friends who would rather have a giant cookie –
    Nice that you can still celebrate with your favorite pie! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I love pumpkin pie, but it has way too many calories so I don’t make it too often. I rationalize that I don’t used Cool Whip and pumpkin is full of antioxidants, but I still limit myself to only making it around my birthday (or Thanksgiving). ~nan


  3. Mmmmmm…pie! Now I will have to make one! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This is so clever, Nancy. I love Pi and Pie.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. As delicious as a piece of pie!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Sandy says:

    I got a kick out of your birthday pie haiku.

    Liked by 1 person

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