Klutz

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He went to the teachers desk slowly, using crutches to compensate for the broken foot he had.  He handed the teacher a note from the office explaining his tardiness due to his injury.  He took his seat, and the classroom began buzzing with questions about how he injured his foot.  His teacher silenced the class and began his lesson.

Every time Ben hobbled into a new classroom the questions would bubble up and he would turn red with embarrassment.  The truth was that he was a “full-fledged klutz”, at least that is what his mother called him.  Ben had over-heard his mom talking to someone on the phone after he broke his foot and she had said, “He is so inept he can’t even walk across the yard without breaking his foot.”

The words had stung a little, but he was used to it.  Whenever his mom drank, she would say things she didn’t really mean.  Ben just had to take it in stride as a side effect of her alcoholism.  It certainly made him grow a thick skin at a young age.


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