“Thanks for being so supportive, Dad.” Jacob’s voice was oozing sarcasm. “I am a really good writer and I am sure I can write a best seller. I have this great idea for a story about a beautiful mermaid who wants to be a human.”
“You mean like ‘The Little Mermaid’?” Walt asked.
“No, dammit,” was Jacob’s retort. “Not a children’s fairytale, Dad. Something more adult, sexy, you know what I’m saying.”
“Yeah, it’s called ‘Splash’ and it was a 1984 hit movie,” Walt said.
“Never heard of it, Dad. It was way before my time.”
“Jacob, you’re so gullible. Do you know how many kids like you want to write a best selling novel? There are around a million books published in the U.S. each year, including self-published books. Only an infinitesimally small fraction makes it to any bestseller list.”
“Your negativity is pervasive, Dad. Why can’t you encourage me to pursue my dream?”
“I’m pragmatic, Jacob, I’m a realist,” Walt said. “But you’re my son and I love you, so I’ll spot you for a year, for twelve months. Go write your mermaid book, get it published, and have it make the Times best seller list. If you can’t make it happen within a year, I’m cutting you off and you’ll be on your own. Do you understand?”
“Thanks, Dad,” Jacob said. “You’re the best.”
Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (writer), The Daily Spur (advice), Ragtag Daily Prompt (mermaid), Your Daily Word Prompt (retort), My Vivid Blog (gullible), and Word of the Day Challenge (pervasive). Photo credit: shutterstock.com.