Janny deserved a broken arm. All I did was try to show her the hole—the one hidden in the grass. I barely touched her. She just fell and something cracked.
Mom made me apologise, and I did.
But I warned Janny. Now she’ll know not to take my stuff.
The Lesson is a story born from a childhood memory in an encounter between me and my step-sister. As siblings are wont to do, they invade privacy and take belongings. Only as an adult did I realise she did it to try form a relationship with me and looked up to me (I’m the eldest of the litter). But as a kid, I didn’t understand her behaviour. This, naturally, turned into a relationship of distrust and resentment.
It wasn’t pretty.
So I took the memory of the time she didn’t notice a hole in the ground that was covered with veld grass. We were playing in a public park while my step-mom was getting groceries. My step-sister broke her arm when she fell. I remember thinking it was karma, so I won’t lie and pretend I was innocent.
Then I thought about indulging my younger self on the what-ifs and what would happen if I thought of being malevolent and having caused her arm to break. I probably wouldn’t. We didn’t dare do that stuff to each other… because consequences. But for the sake of character, I had to really get into that mindset and change myself into this new and sinister person.
The biggest take-away from this is that kids are evil.
Some may have noticed that I haven’t posted in quite a while. Life and health interfered with functionality recently and has left me in a place of part-apathy and part creative block. Fortunately, with the support and encouragement from the friends I’ve made the past 6 months, I’ve been slowly getting back to normal function and writing as a result.
And what better way to kick it off again than with @jayna’s Fifty Word Story Challenge? I missed doing these and it’s a weight off to finally have done something so fun. The prompt this week is “break”. I encourage every writer—starting out or professional—to join in this fun but challenging initiative.