The Very Best
by Ben Godby
Published by Isomorph Press
Copyright 2013 Ben Godby
Cover Image by Aureliy Movila
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There was a soft thump as another competitor fell to the ground. I felt an unrighteous urge to jump and shout and pump my first, but decorum would not allow it. Instead, I silently watched the guards drag her body away—loose blonde hair collecting the dirt from the parade ground, foam speckling her lips. Her body was still shivering from the poison.
Yesterday, her apple pie had been declared the Very Best in All the Everlasting Planets. That meant nothing now. Your cooking meant nothing if you couldn't taste the poison within it.