Tom, ancient, hairless except for strands around his nose, wrinkled as long misused paper bag: Lesley, gentle, slender as a fawn, bouncy as a hare, curly as an inch-worm making a ring on the bed: Miranda, Lesleyâ€™s mother and Tomâ€™s daughter. They sat for dinner at a dining-table that Lesley insisted must be triangular.
â€œWhy?â€ asked Mom.
â€œâ€™Cause itâ€™s got three.â€
â€œThree of us.â€
â€œBut itâ€™s got four sides.â€
Lesley, sweet, innocent, innocuous, took the table apart along the line her grandfather cut for her.
â€œThatâ€™s a bald-faced lie,â€ said she. And Tomâ€™s bald face wrinkled in smiles.
Prompts for Wednesday Writing Essentials September 29, 2010
- Use the phrase: That’s a bald-faced lie!
- Someone needs to sit at a table or bar and consume something
- Don’t leave us hanging, write a clear denouement at the end
- Include a ring of any sort whatsoever in your submission
- publish by October 5 for inclusion in next week’s column
- tag with gwwe