Not In Front of the Boy

0499032C-702B-4E01-9EAC-C35A4F41EF2B“He looks like he’s having a truly rip-roaring good time along the riverbank,” Danny’s father said.

“I don’t know,” Danny’s mother commented. “I think his behavior is a bit erratic, don’t you?”

“Maybe it’s time to ask his doctor to re-formulate Danny’s meds,” his father said.

“Maybe he’s acting that way because you let him feast on all those sweets at lunch,” his mother said.

“Sometimes the things you say are incredible,” Danny’s father said angrily. “Do you really think having two helpings of pie would contribute to his being just a bit hyper?”

“He has special needs and we need to be vigilant and monitor what he eats, especially with the medications he’s taking,” she said.

“Danny!” his father, looking toward the river, called out. His wife looked up and realized in horror that their son was no longer in sight. They both ran down to the riverbank, but Danny was not there. They began shouting his name.

After a few moments, Danny came out from behind a large tree. Tears were running down his cheeks. “Oh Danny, you scared us,” his mother said, hugging him tightly. “Why are you crying, sweetie?”

“Because you and Daddy are always fighting about me,” Danny said.

“Do you see what happens when he has too many sweets, you asshole?” his mother yelled at his father.

“Not in front of the boy, Denise,” his father said.


Written for the following one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (riparian), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (erratic), Scotts Daily Prompt (formulate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (formulate), Your Daily Word Prompt (incredible), Daily Addictions (contribute).

Note: I realize that the Word of the Day Challenge is “riparian.” That’s a word I’d never ever heard (and I think I have a decent vocabulary). It’s also a word I’d be very unlikely to ever use in a conversation or in a flash fiction post. So I substituted the word “rip-roaring” in its place. It almost rhymes, right?

11 thoughts on “Not In Front of the Boy

  1. Paula Light September 12, 2018 / 12:37 pm

    I don’t know how i knew it, maybe from real estate documents. It’s hard to use in a sentence though, outside of a contract.

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    • Fandango September 12, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      Well, it was meant to be kinda sad, but if you got a chuckle from it, that works, too.

      Liked by 1 person

      • newepicauthor September 12, 2018 / 6:54 pm

        Maybe it was funny because I never had any children to worry about and I enjoyed the parents arguing.

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  2. Marleen September 12, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    I sure found it sad. Poor kid.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Marleen September 12, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      Meanwhile, it was fun to discover you substituted rip-roaring.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. leigha66 September 20, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Good posts too many parents do fight in front of their kids.

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