Short Story: A Trail of Smells

She’s on the way home when she smells it. Strong spiced pepperoni mixed with earth mushroom and mildly sweet mayonnaise. As she follows her nose, more scents join in. Sharp lemon, refreshing mint, charred garlic. Before she realizes it, she’s standing in someone else’s garden, drooling at someone else’s food in someone else’s party.

She awkwardly backs away, hoping to disappear before they call the cops on her.

“We have extras. Want to join us?”

Her body answers faster than her mouth, crossing the distance to park herself at an empty spot on the bench.

“Yes.”

~End~

Genre: slice of life

Camp NaNoWriMo short story count: 29/31

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