3TC — The Lake House

14DC1503-516E-4061-83CD-0EF004ECB20C“Did you remember to pack everything for our trip?” her mother asked.

“Yes, Mom, I am quite responsible,” Beth said, irritated. “It fascinates me how you have such little faith in me. Why do you always think I’ll be derelict in my duties?”

“You’re right, sweetie,” her mother said. “It’s not your fault. I just want to make sure that when we get to the lake house, we won’t have forgotten anything.”

“I’m not an idiot, Mom,” Beth said. “I have the list you and Dad put together and everything is accounted for.”

“So you packed the meatloaf sandwiches and the potato salad for today’s lunch?” her mother asked. “And the beverages, and the sunblock?”

“Yes Mother.”

“Well, the weather at the lake is supposed to be sunny and hot, so bring an extra bottle of sunblock. Otherwise you’ll end up with blotches instead of a uniform skin tone.”

A few hours later, after arriving at the lake house and unpacking everything they brought, Beth’s father asked his wife if she remembered to bring his iPhone charger with them. Beth’s mother looked at Beth.

“Oops,” said Beth.


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are meatloaf, charger, and sunblock. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (fascinate), Word of the Day Challenge (derelict), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fault), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (uniform).

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