Snarking along with Jude

Welcome to Saturday Snark–Jude Marshall from Prep Work is supplying the tidbit today–this guy is made of snark and it was a challenge to grab just one piece. The story:

Celebrity chef Jude Marshall’s ditched his camera crew for the first time in a month—he’s been eating his way through local cuisines on several continents for his television show. No spider-on-a-stick this trip, thank God. Jude’s exhausted; all he wants on his London layover is a pint of beer and some comfort food. Stumbling into a gastro-pub, Jude instead finds haute cuisine; his grumbles bring him face to face with chef—and fan—Tommy Bell.

When Jude steps into the kitchen to autograph Tommy’s copy of his cookbook, he finds himself lending a hand, and discovers it’s possible to tenderize a hardened heart.

Jude’s just broken the news to Tommy that he can’t stay.

Tommy appeared a moment later, his face utterly shut off, his words brittle. “I’m off to the market, Jude. Have a nice flight.” He locked the door behind us, and without lifting his face for a kiss or any other clue that we might have been intimate in any way, he gave me that “so long, amigo” tip of the head and was gone.

The stairs were steeper coming down. Maybe it was me walking with one foot so far in my mouth it was kicking tonsils.

Once on the street, I took a good long look around — it had been dark when I’d arrived, and only the lights and motion inside had lured me into the pub. Now I looked up at the sign, to see where I’d been. “The Good Man” stood in gold script against a black signboard, but no cheerful bit of folk art or heraldry went with it. No swans, oaks, elephants, castles, harts, gryphons or tradesmen, as might have swung before any other pub, just “The Good Man.” And he was. And I’d hurt him. If anyone painted me a pub sign, it would have had an ass on it.

Jude and Tommy can be found here at Dreamspinner.  Join the rest of the snarkers here (Marie’s blog has the list; it won’t post on mine, darn it) and have a snarky day!

8 responses to “Snarking along with Jude

  1. I loved Jude and Tommy. Now I’m gonna have to reread this story.

  2. This is a wonderful story. I really really liked both of these characters.

  3. susiequesietoosie

    How did I miss this book? Dang it, another to add to my “to buy” list! Thanks for a great excerpt, PD!

  4. Aarrghh…hate when it switches to that name!

  5. Wonderful snark. I’ve heard of putting your foot in your mouth, but never ‘ticking the tonsils’. lol, love it 🙂
    ~Jen

  6. Now I must buy the book to feed my chef crush! 🙂 Love the snark.

  7. Thanks for joining the snarky fun!

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