“Eighteen what?”

“What do you mean, eighteen what?”

“You can’t just say eighteen; it doesn’t mean anything.”

“It would if you’d been listening.”

“Listening to what? You haven’t said a word for almost half an hour. Not that I’m complaining, mind.”

“Oh. Was I talking in my head?”

“Makes a change from talking through your—”

“There’s no need for that, Gerald!”

“You still haven’t said what you meant.”

“What I meant when?”

“When you said bloody eighteen, for fu—”


“Sorry my angel, light of my life; eighteen what?”

“I’m not talking to you until you calm down.”

“That’s the best argument I’ve heard for staying mad in a long time.”

“Do you want me to tell you or what?”

“Ooh! Do I get a choice?”

“Don’t try me, Gerald Ramsbotham!”

“You have my undivided attention, sweetheart. Tell me all about eighteen.”

“I don’t know if I want to now, not with the way you’re behaving towards me.”

“Suit yourself.”


“I said nothing.”

“You did. I saw your lips move. You do know I can do lip-reading, don’t you?”

“So why ask me what I said?”

“Because I want to know if you have the bottle to say it to my face, out loud.”

“And what is it you imagine I said?”

“There’s no imagine about it, Gerald. I followed your lips and you said ‘shut your face‘”

“Okay. Read my lips now. You. Are. Wrong.”

“Wrong? Impossible.”

“If you’re interested, what I said was suit yourself, not shut your face.”

“Just as bad.”

“Just as bad? On what planet are suit yourself and shut your face comparable? They mean completely different things.”

“Not to me, they don’t.”

“Hmm. That tells me what planet then. Your planet. Earth to Helen – they… are… different.” 

“Not talking to you.”

“I’m calm.”

“Still not talking to you.”

“Good. I like the quiet.”

“If you must know, I was trying to remember how old I was the first time I came here.”


“Just musing.”


“And what?”

“And how old were you, the first time you came here.”

“Duh! Eighteen.”

This was written in response to Kreative Kue 321 published on this site.


13 thoughts on “Eighteen

          1. Here are some questions for you, Liz. Who are the combatants? What is their place in the story? What is the story? Is there a story? Are we looking at an arc or an ark?
            I’d love to know the answers to these and other questions…

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