Friday Fictioneers: The Savvy Traveler

“Yuck! You’re not going to eat that, are you, Brad?”

“Brenda, when you travel to another country, you must immerse yourself into their culture.  Besides, look — there are only a couple of these left.  They must be popular.”

Using chopsticks, Brad plopped a yellow, frothy, gelatinous mass onto his plate and walked back to their table.  In one scoop he shoved it into his mouth and grimaced slightly.


A commotion erupted from behind the counter and the kitchen’s owner shouted in Chinese.

“What’s all that about, Brenda?”

“Oh, his son left some rare, poisonous tree slugs on the counter and one of them is missing.”

Brad gulped.


19 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: The Savvy Traveler

  1. It’s gruesome n funny at the same time! Loved it

  2. Sandra says:

    Gross! and funny too. Well done.

  3. Kwadwo says:

    Oh dear! I sure don’t envy Brad.

  4. Nifti says:

    Yikes Brad, bad time to be adventurous!

  5. Adam Ickes says:

    Wonderfully twisted! Good job!

  6. Mike says:

    Your story made me smile.
    Sometimes it can be dangerous to be adventurous, especially with food!

  7. Trudy says:

    Great description of the tree slug (is there such a thing, I’m hoping you made that up). Very funny.

  8. elmowrites says:

    Haha! I feel like I knew what was coming there, but it’s great how it played out. That’ll teach him to be so dismissive of her concerns!
    I’m over here:

  9. What a wonderful, twisted mind you have. 🙂 Well done.

  10. billgncs says:

    laughing, barf………

  11. glossarch says:

    A lesson for the savvy traveler: Make sure you see one of the natives eat it before you pop it into your mouth! Good story about bumbling tourists, and a good takedown of the know-it-all traveler.

  12. Jess Schira says:

    Glossarch is right, it provides a valuable lesson regarding food and traveling. I hope they can save him, he seems like a nice guy. Very nicely done.

  13. Thanks for a good laugh to start my day!!

  14. rochellewisoff says:

    Glorff! That’s the sound of my stomach churning. Ornery twist at the end. A lesson learned too late?

  15. Eewww! I guess some people will eat anything, at least once, haha!

  16. Thanks for your comments everyone. I really enjoyed participating and, more importantly, reading some fantastic stories. Awesome!

  17. Trudy says:

    Congratulations on being one of the winners on WU last week!

  18. Gross! That’s about how I felt when I tried uni in Japan…less the poison part.


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