Last ”Faith from Ruin” installment — Right is Right
“Mommy, how come we aren’t going home?”
Not ready for this, she quietly mulled the possible answers. Saying too much upsets Lucy; too little could elicit infinite “Why?” which she could end in frustration, anger, tears or all three. This had to be kept light, and fun as long as possible.
“Hmm? Sorry. Did you want to play Angry Birds?”
Handing the phone back she hoped changing the subject would put her off a while.
“Not really. I wanted to play with Reagan. Can I?”
Peeking in the rearview she saw determination in Lucy’s eyes and knew she would have to persuade her like a shaman using an oboe to charm a cobra in order to make the child understand.
Intent on the road, she carefully chose simple, meaningful words.
“Remember I said we were going on an adventure?”
“It’s like Rapunzel in Tangled. She had to run away with Flynn. They had lots of adventures. Sometimes scary, sometimes fun. They made new friends and everyone lived happy ever after.”
“Where are going mommy? What about Shane?”
“I don’t know yet baby. We won’t see Shane again.”
Lucy’s head dipped down, her mouth pinched and a her features clouded. “Good. He’s a meanie poopy head.”
Clara bit her cheek to suppress the shocked giggle threatening to escape. She looked in the rearview, “Lucy.”
Lucy looked up, “What?”
“Love you lollipop.”
A smile spread across her face like liquid sunshine, “Love you lemon drop!” Shoulders scrunched, she tipped her head back as her twittering giggle broke the ice and Clara released her laugh.
Lucy’s giggles ended with a dramatic Kindergarten, “ahhhh!” A curious glint twinkled in her eyes as she caught her mothers eyes, “Knock knock!”
“Fence I colored the princess!”
Laughter burst uncontrollably, and included generous laugh-tears.
“Lucy, that’s silly! You’re gonna make mommy wreck! PlayAngry Birds. See if you can beat the next level.”
Clara turned the radio on and settled in to drive.
Trifecta: Week Eighty-Seven asks for 33-333 words from the prompt “Charm”, 3rd definition:
CHARM (verb) (3rd definition) 3: to control (an animal) typically by charms (as the playing of music)