The Consensus of Bad

Spoiled bad, not the hip bad or the moral judgment. You know the one– Where you take a sip of putrid milk, gag and spit it out then offer it to your loved one and ask if it tastes bad to them.

Or you smell something God-awful and you asked your friend if that smells bad to them. Does a bad smell need a confirmation?

I pulled some pepperonis out of the freezer yesterday. They were brown when they were frozen. They were still brown when they defrosted. Pepperonis aren’t supposed to be brown. Did that make them bad? Maybe I could still eat them so I took them to work. But they didn’t look right. And they didn’t smell right.

I didn’t ask my coworkers to arrive at a consensus. I saved them until I got home and checked the packaging. They were supposed to be eaten by September 2012.

I think the pepperonis went bad.

But I haven’t thrown them away.

Maybe it isn’t whether or not the food has spoiled, but about wasting the food. Or maybe we value our social connections and like to share even our misery and suffering.

But I’m waiting for my husband to get home to ask him.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to The Consensus of Bad

  1. danrshaw says:

    The oil in the pepperoni went rancid before they ever hit the feezer that’s for sure. If that hadn’t occured and they were vacuum packed before freezing they might still be viable and pass the look and smell test.
    It’s real sweet of you to share the experience with your husband. Do you ever get the urge to break his ankles so he can’t get away? Just checking…

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