Unreasonable Demands

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic
A "short short" story, inspired by my two daughters.

Submitted: September 05, 2012

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Submitted: September 05, 2012



They come out of their room like a committee delivering its findings, a judge’s panel delivering its verdict. The sun is still up, nobody is tired and clearly mistakes have been made in this bedtime decision.

Access to the TV is demanded, or at least a resumption of lighting in their sleeping quarters.

At our unreasonable refusal tactics are discarded and changed without hesitation. Pride can play no part when the stakes are so high, they switch to begging and pleading without a moments grace.

Faced with our continued unreasonable and uncompromising stance they finally retreat back to their beds. Tempers flare now, threats are made. The wailing will be unrelenting, sleep will never come and they are definitely not our friends.

In the final moments a reconciliation of sorts is found. A final cuddle, one more kiss; these final appeals are acceded to. Then grudging resignation sets in, the lights go out, the door is closed.

Peace comes; we breathe a little easier.

Then the door opens a crack. Throats are dry, collapse of dehydration imminent. Surely a glass of water would not be refused to such needy and worthy supplicants….?

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