Our Little Secret

82C4CE74-4626-4F4D-A6A6-9641E8F042E3Face it, Jack,” his mother admonished, “what you said is indefensible. And the language you used, oh my God, where did you learn those words? I’m tempted to wash your mouth out with soap.”

“I’m sorry, Mom,” Jack said. “I’m feeling a little grumpy lately. But I thought Uncle Arnold was jumping through hoops to be sickeningly patronizing toward Dad, and that really pissed me off.”

“Well, between you and me, he did seem to be blowing a lot smoke up your father’s ass as we walked through his gallery,” Jack’s mother said. Your uncle does have the ability to be rather unctuous at times, especially when he’s trying to milk your father for some money. Still, that’s no excuse for what you said.”

“How about, Mom, if we let that be our little secret.”


Written for Di’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “secret,“ “face,” and “soap.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (grumpy), Daily Addictions (jump), Word of the Day Challenge (gallery), The Daily Spur (ability), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (unctuous).

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