“Smile, you're on Candid Camera!”
Big Brother* #quote
Tomorrow Jessica is coming over so that'll be fun. Anyway onto the flash fiction!
“Sarah, time out now!” Mommy sent me into the corner of the room for doing something bad. I wanted to yell back and tell her I didn't have to have a time-out. I knew I did something wrong, time-out's were just wrong. I hated them. I wanted to yell at her that I should never have a time out...but I couldn't get the...get the...was there a word for this thing I'm thinking of?
“Courage,” something spooky said.
“Who are you?” I whispered.
“Down here little Sarah” I saw an teeny-weeny spider. I wanted to scream, but you don't say anything during time-outs. Was I already in trouble for whispering? “Would you like time-outs to go away forever? Never to get in trouble for taking the cookies from the pantry and eating them before dinner like today or anything else? I can offer you a wonderful deal for a little something unimportant called a soul.”
“Are you Santa?” I asked the spider.
The spider didn't say anything for a few seconds then talked again, “No, no I'm not. I really don't see what that has to do with anything.”
I squished the spider. Mommy said that anybody that knows things about you for no reason is a bad stranger. This spider knew how I got in trouble and I didn't know why. So I got rid of him like you should any bad bugs.
Years passed and when I remembered this day I think I squished a demon. That taught me to talk to my children about stranger danger.