Thursday, March 26, 2009

Reacting

This is my story for the Three Word Wednesday prompt this week.



“You really do need to learn to be proactive instead of reactive, Aerial,” Shawn snapped. “You let people run all over you, claiming it’s in your best interest. By the time you figure out what they’re up to, it’s too late,” he finished with a sigh.

“There’s nothing wrong with trusting people,” Aerial replied earnestly. “You’d have more friends if you gave people a chance.”

“I don’t need more friends,” Shawn replied. “Especially not like yours.”

“I have very good friends,” Aerial huffed.

“Yeah, why aren’t they here helping?” he inquired.

Aerial looked at him, tears welling in her eyes, before turning her back. Seeing her shoulders slump, Shawn felt like a total cad. He started to apologize, but then remembered one of her ‘friends’ was the reason they were in their current predicament, and kept his mouth shut. He shook his head, not understanding how even Aerial could let someone paint a mural on their parent’s garage.

Aerial couldn’t handle the silence any longer, so asked Shawn if she could do anything to help.

Shawn handed her a rag, “start wiping,” he said, and resumed his own scrubbing. “I think I’m almost through the first layer.”

“I’m sorry you have to do this, Shawn,” Aerial whispered. “I thought it would be a cool surprise for mom and dad. I never dreamed he’d paint naked fairies!”

“It’s ok, Sis,” Shawn sighed. “If I’d been home like I was supposed to be it never would have happened.

Aerial giggled.

“I don’t see anything funny here.” Shawn grumped.

“If you’d stayed home instead of going out with Shirley, you wouldn’t be cleaning paint of the garage door with me,” Aerial told him.

“Yeah, so?”

“Looks like you’re doing a little reacting of your own,” Aerial smiled, ducking the rag he threw at her.

12 comments:

ThomG said...

I liked the back-and-forth in this. Really good dialogue. Good stuff.

steerforth said...

Cute story!

Jeeves said...

Very nice story:)

SweetTalkingGuy.. said...

Nice little magazine filler!

I just read about a boy who painted a nude figure on the roof of his parents house, they only found out a year later when the neighbours complained.

Angel said...

Thanks, everyone.

Sweet, that's crazy! A whole year before anyone noticed/complained!

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, no! NOT naked fairies. LOL This is a great short - full of fun and thought - the dialog is terrific! Good read!

Daily Panic said...

Naked fairies too funny! I liked the sincerity between them.

gautami tripathy said...

So very sweet!

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susan said...

Ah, the cool things about siblings. I have 2 and we're close. Thanks for the read and coming by.

Rose Works Jewelry said...

Great dialogue :) Cute story!

Koe Whitton-Williams said...

Angel - this is well done, you've written some nice dialog here. It's a nice compact bit of story-telling.

sudharm baxi said...

That was a cute fairy-tale with good one-on-one style..