A Change of Taste

by W. Kay Washko

Hector Delgado needed a change. He could eat free from the Cantina kitchen, but cooking the same food every day had killed his appetite for it. He paced back and forth on the sidewalk in front of Aztec Cantina before heading east up the street with one eye cast over his shoulder. The House of Shanghai was just around the corner. Hector paused, looking both ways to be sure Miguel was nowhere in sight, then ducked quickly into the restaurant’s doorway. Miguel would never understand this need to sample flavors so different from their own, Hector thought as the Chinese hostess seated him.

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W. Kay Washko, who has written as writeorbust, has also written for The Awakenings Review and the Kennett Square Theatrical Society. An appetizing poem, "Mushrooms," will appear in the spring issue of Philadelphia Stories. Her interest in cooking speaks for itself. (Consider "A Change of Taste" to be a potsticker before the Kung Pao Chicken. It's a small slice of a short story in progress.)