Late Night

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The girl turned the doorknob as quietly as she could.  Stepping inside she began to slowly close the door behind her when the light flashed on.  “Mom, I didn’t know you were still up.”

“Yes, I am as my daughter was supposed to be home two hours ago and just now came home.”

“Listen mom, I can explain…”

“Explain why you turned your phone off?  Explain why you let me worry for two hours with no word?”

“Mom, Benny ran out of gas and we had to walk to Casey’s on the edge of town. My cell apparently died as we were walking because when we got there it was dead.  Please don’t lecture me on my curfew, I didn’t…”

“No, you didn’t.  Didn’t think that I had worried.  Didn’t consider I have a meeting first thing in the morning I need to be well rested for.  I will lecture you, but not tonight.  Right now you need to go to bed and I need to calm myself down so I can finally sleep.”

“Mom, I really am sor…”

“Upstairs, we will talk tomorrow.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – lecture

Homecoming Trio

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“Mom, can’t I please stay out past midnight?  It is homecoming night.  The game will probably be done about ten, then that doesn’t give us much time to celebrate.”

“Marla, maybe that is my point, you don’t need two hours to celebrate at 17.  I told you this year your exception would be prom night when you could stay out late.  You can’t have both.”

“But Monica and Shelly are staying out until 2.”

“I am not Monica or Shelly’s mom.  I am yours and you will be home at 12 or no exception to the rule on prom night.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – exception