Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt: Custard Cream





Custard Cream  


The book club sits for coffee.

“I don’t dislike gay people but I wouldn’t like my son to be.”, says Betty.

I’m a gay man and straightforward.

Betty’s a bigot.

I won’t get into this.

Oh god no!

It’ll turn into Dr. Phil or Jeremy Kyle. My fellow book club members won’t allow me and Betty to politely have this out. They’ll say it’s her generation, religion. If those old chestnuts fail, her childhood, how she may not have known love. Instead I look at the glass bowl, hold back my thoughts, say with a smile,

“Another Custard Cream Betty?”

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33 comments on “Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt: Custard Cream

  1. Alice Audrey says:

    Kill them with sweetness? So fitting.

    Thanks for dropping by. You got exactly what I was going for in mine.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      Thank you. 🙂

      Hope my comment only went through once. I wasn’t sure if it went through the first two times. Apologies if I did send it more than once. 🙂

  2. shivamt25 says:

    Nice topic you picked up for it. Many gay people have to hold their thoughts to avoid confrontations like this.

  3. subroto says:

    “I have nothing against but….”
    You’ve picked up on hidden bigotry in our lives very well. Nicely done.

  4. draliman says:

    Definitely the right choice, don’t rise to it. Nice one!

  5. Dear Lisa,

    A rather sticky wicket. Nicely done.



  6. granonine says:

    A dilemma of our society, nicely handled here. If only all disagreements could be handled with such tact.

  7. britlight says:

    I do miss custard creams. That said, he knew a losing battle when he saw one.

  8. Lynn Love says:

    Tactfully done, though she’s still a narrow minded old bigot! Nice take on the prompt

  9. pennygadd51 says:

    A good story. It would make an excellent discussion prompt!
    The gay narrator chose a soft answer, and I think most people would approve of that – but how are things going to improve if bigotry isn’t challenged?
    “I think it’s important to challenge bigotry, but…”?

  10. Iain Kelly says:

    The right choice. The Betty’s of this world shouldn’t be forgiven, but they can be ignored. Best to save the confrontation for the younger generations who will be around for much longer!

  11. I think this type of discussions has to be taken from time to time… “I’m not a racist, but…”
    is usually the beginning of a racist rant.

  12. Dale says:

    He was a good gauge of character. Some battles are not worth it. You know some have chosen to be deaf.
    I’m not a Dr. Pill fan, but he has a point when using the phrase… I, blah, blah blah, BUT, I, blah, blah, blah… It really means, disregard everything I said in the first part, before the BUT.because it is a lie,..

  13. Oh the many touchy subjects that can create discomfort.
    Interesting take on the prompt.
    Isadora 😎

  14. Jan Vanek says:

    A perfect example of what’s lost when we refuse to talk or are not allowed to talk about what makes us different from each other–understanding. Nicely done!

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