Hounded by a saboteur, one humble cook struggles to ensure that his dish is not used to ruin a new and delicate peace being celebrated at a grand feast.
Music: “Space Discoveries” by Andrew Sitkov
Video Description: “Five Friends of the Feast Cook” Trailer. Duration, 47 seconds. “Space Discoveries” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing. Six figures gathered around a large pot at bottom center. From left to right, a young man with a dark beard, long hair, and one arm, holding a wand directed at the pot, and smiling to his left; a small humanoid figure with gauzy butterfly wings, floating in a space suit, pouring a shaker of salt down into the pot; a humanoid figure with tapered ears, at center, one bearing three rings, gaping down at the pot; a small blue ball with three long limbs visible, and large round eyes, standing on the central figure’s shoulder, holding a chunk of food over the pot; a dragon with a toad-like face, half the height of the tallest figures, with one clawed hand on the tabletop in front of some mushrooms; and another dragon, as tall as the tallest figures, seen from the left side, holding a package in the left arm. The young man is a wizard and the humanoid man is an elf. They both wear chef’s hats in different colors. The elf wears an apron. On the tabletop is a canister, a polygonal box, a bag spilling some beans, some spiral-shaped objects and mushrooms. The wizard and the tall dragon are smiling. Blue foam drips over the edge of the pot in two places. A wispy sparkly cloud streams out of the wand and around the pot. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Fairy Tale,” is displayed at center. Tagline is displayed at bottom. It reads: “Hounded by a saboteur, one humble cook struggles to ensure that his dish is not used to ruin a new and delicate peace being celebrated at a grand feast.” Title card and tagline fade. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” appears over the image. Animations: The top of the bottom starts bubbling. Lines from the story appear in sequence: “Some saboteur had done this, a saboteur who had stalked his steps and watched him, who knew which cupboard would be his, and dared what they would not dare with the other cooks, sabotage. If he made the dish now, it would be seasoned by his anger, dismay, panic, and spite. And perhaps that would be enough to shake, if not shatter, the new peace.” Site URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades at end. As the last line disappears, the image blurs and darkens, the story title appears at center, and a text card appears at top that reads “Available to Read Now storyfeather.com.”
Welcome to Year 10 of Storyfeather
Every year’s short stories (mostly) follow a theme. For Year Ten, every month’s stories share a genre or theme, some anchor point that the reader can rely on. But within that, there are strange concoctions brewing. The genre’s merge, archetypes collide, mythologies mash…welcome to the Year of Fusion.
November’s Base Elements:
SPACE-VEMBER 🚀MEETS LOVEMBER 💙
Base elements for November: Space and Love. It’s often said by cooks who prepare dishes of transcendent deliciousness that the secret ingredient…is love. So what if there was a cook on a space station, who had to be mindful of the feeling he put into his dish. Why would this be?
And in the recipe that I’ve used to prepare this story, what is the fusion element? That one ingredient that doesn’t seem to match the others? It might sabotage the whole dish. Or it might be the one ingredient—aside from love, of course—that makes the dish delightful. This week the fusion element is a genre: Fairy Tale. A fairy tale that includes space and love, and good food.
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