Sunday December 15th, 2013

The exercise:

Write something that has to do with: blackmail.

The temperature has actually been getting above zero here the last few days. It's been quite nice, though I don't expect it to continue for much longer.


We took a trip up to Penticton this morning to do some shopping, deliver some apples to a market customer, and visit with one of Kat's friends and her family. Kat's friend has two daughters, the eldest of whom was the flower girl at our wedding. She's turning six early next year and her little sister just turned three.

Both of them, I think it's safe to say, are very fond of Max.

It's been a while since they've seen each other and in that time they've gotten a lot bigger and Max has started walking. The differences are kind of startling when you see them interacting. One thing, however, has not changed since the first time they met.

They are utterly fascinated with watching me change Max's diaper.

On a previous visit, when he was very little, I had to change Max on their parent's bed. The girls got right up there with him to get a better view and were bouncing all over the place. He seemed to think they were a little strange but didn't appear to mind.

On this visit I needed to put a new diaper on him right before leaving and the younger sister came right over and stood over us the whole time, while her older sister dropped in for a quick visit or two. Other than trying to grab her shoes and dress a couple times, Max was content to just stare at her.

When things were all taken care of she kind of giggled before declaring: "I like him. I like him a lot."

Oh, Max. I'm compiling so much blackmail material for your teenage years already.


Greg said...

Poor Max, how can he be expected to prepare a defence against being watched while his nappy is changed? I guess he'll just have to grow up into an exhibitionist so he can pass it off as an early start :)

"...and Lisa, your job today will be blackmail." Miss Storey looked over to make sure that Lisa was paying attention, and slightly to her surprise Lisa was. "Are there any questions?"
Lisa raised her hand, so Miss Storey nodded at her.
"The blackmail list is looking a little thin," she said, gesturing to her laptop screen. "Do we have any more names for it?"
Miss Storey tapped a few keys on her own laptop, connected to the room's projector, and brought the blackmail database view up. Lisa was right, there were only five names listed as active. Miss Storey however, was shocked by the name at the top of the list.
"Have you been playing with this, Lisa?" she asked, trying for stern. Her lip quivered.
"No, Miss Storey," said Lisa. "I just do as I'm told."
"Then why is my name at the top of the list?"

Marc said...

Greg - hah, yes I suppose that's one option :P

Hmm, I'm not sure that Lisa is as innocent as she claims. Either way, a nicely setup scene to bring us to that ending.