Roadside Vendor, by Jaimie Engle

I drove three counties to try one. Greasy meat cooking from the sidewalk stand, pumped out like an aphrodisiac. I ordered a double.

“Too late. Sold out.”

I stood planted, not going anywhere.

The vendor smiled. “Follow me. I make you special.”

He led me to an alley, a side door, a blackout. I came to when my foot hit the grinder; mechanical teeth munching, making me minced meat. The vendor watched.

“I make you special,” he repeated.

Wish I’d told someone where I went. But, they’ll never find me now. Unless they drive three counties.

And order a double.


Jaimie Engle has managed a hip-hop band, sold vitamins over the phone, modeled for Reef Brazil, and danced at the halftime show of the Aloha Bowl. If she were stuck on a deserted island, she would still write in the sand, even though high tide would wash it away. She has published numerous short stories, both online and in print, with her first novel contracted for release in December of 2013. Visit her at

Posted on April 13, 2013, in Issue 8: Tiny Tall Tales Drabble Issue #2 and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Very cool, Jaimie 🙂 At least we know the meat is lean ;P lol Great little flash you wrote

  2. You managed to make the story even more disgusting, Joseph. Well-done! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

  3. Great story, Jaimie; your drabble left me with a disquieting aftertaste…

  4. Solving the global food crisis and overpopulation in one go! Good stuff 🙂

  5. Quite an eerie concept. I like the roadside cannibalism and the accent of the vendor gives the setting realism. I also like how the story flows with just enough wording to imply detailed visuals of how the scene plays out. Bravo!

  6. Wonderful comment. Thank you so much. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the flash-food.

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