This is my response to this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction.
“Do you have any vegetarian options?” Teri handed the menu back.
The waitress looked nervous. Her name tag identified her as Emma the Trainee. “Um.. we don’t sorry. We are a carnivorous establishment.” She stared at Teri, unsure of her next words.
“I don’t meant to be rude, but aren’t you a…?”
“Rex. Yes, I am.” Teri reached under the table and pulled a dog-eared book out of her bag. “I’m on this low cal thing, see?” She held the book up. “It means that for two days a week I’m only allowed to eat 50,000 calories.”
“Oh. Well I hope you’re enjoying it?”
She followed the waitress’s gaze to a large, gnawed portion where the book used to be.
“Now that was a rough day. But now I feel great. Really light.”
“Well I’m sorry Ms Rex, maybe you could try Tracey’s? I’ve heard they do some nice vegetation dishes there?”
Teri snuck a sideways glance over to the table next to her.
“I don’t know… I don’t think I have the energy to go to Tracey’s now. Besides, I’m already here.” She cast another look over towards her neighbour’s plates. “Do you have any light options?”
“Um.. we have pterodactyl wings? They’re a smaller portion?”
“No. They get stuck under my claws. She tucked the book back into her bag and took a deep breath. You know, now that I’m here … maybe I’ll just have a buffalo.”