The Gift


They didn’t mean to.

They had to think fast.

“What in God’s married name is that?!”

Gary glanced at Gloria. Mom only used the expression when the you-know-what was about to hit the fan.

“I told you this was stupid,” Gloria hissed as they ran to the door. “It only made it look worse!”

Gary shot her a “shut-up-and-let-me-handle-it” look.

“Hi Mom,” he announced and swung the door open so that (hopefully) only the taped side was visible. “Do you like it? It’s a Christmas tree duct tape art. To remind you of the holidays!”



For Rochelle’s FridayFictioneers


47 thoughts on “The Gift

  1. Buahaha! Love it! Such realistic dialogue. I can only imagine what was said as a bunch of slightly drunken young men were taping the door…(my door, obvs)

    • One must try … πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the comment! πŸ™‚ (I’ve heard all manner of things over the years–one child claimed they were “Decorating” when confronted over a mess of markers on the wall … another claimed (rather hopefully) that she was “maybe making snow” when she poured WAY too much of her momma’s bubble bath in the SINK and opened the tap full on … πŸ˜‰ So, yeah, creative kids can be, when they KNOW they’re in a pinch … πŸ˜‰ (also, a peek into their imagination…) πŸ˜‰

  2. Na’ama Y’karah,

    What in God’s married name? That’s a new one on me. Love it. Great dialogue. But I think that Christmas tree alibi is only going to last just so long. Well done.



    • Yeah, I don’t think that Christmas Tree is going to win any awards … though kids will try … πŸ˜‰ As for exclamations … I’d say this one falls into the ‘gentler’ category … I’ve heard some that would make the screen blush … certainly not for the ears of kids … πŸ˜‰

    • By my guest! It can come in handy when one is in the company of grasshoppers who one hopes will not yet be exposed to the … um … juicier language of exasperation … πŸ˜‰ (or at least not by one’s own lips)

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