“So what do you think of my latest work of art?” Harvey asked his wife. “I used the wood carving kit you gave me last Christmas to make it.
Mary stared at it for a few seconds, shook her head, and said, “It’s interesting.”
“Interesting?” Harvey said. “What exactly does that mean? Don’t you think I did a good job carving it? It was tough to maneuver the tools just the right way on such a small piece.”
“To tell you the truth,” Mary said, “I’m feeling a bit ambivalent about it.”
“Why would you say that?” Harvey asked. “Either you like it or you don’t.”
“It’s actually very good, Harvey,” Mary said. “But why did you decide to carve that image? You know how I feel about him.”
“You’re right, Harvey, it’s not your fault that you carved an image of a man I despise,” Mary said.“And it won’t be my fault when I take your sledge hammer and smash that abomination you carved to smitherines.”
Written for Pensitivity100’s Three Things Challenge, where the things are tools, wood, and job. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (maneuver), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ambivalent), Ragtag Daily Prompt (call), The Daily Spur (fault), and Word of the Day Challenge (understated).