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Conversations Misaligned

by WalksWithBooks | Score: 6400

Winter is long and extremely cold for a restaurant. At mine the guests are expected to know how to pay for their meals before they are allowed to place their order.

At WalksWithBooks's Esotery and Bespectacled Dining each table starts set with only a butter knife. This allows the potential customer to choose to eat their own flesh instead.

A peon with projected loss of profits holds the blade of the knife and speaks with the grip, "Everyone keeps ignoring me, even when I tell them I actually need a different type of childcare. They ask me, 'What kind?' and I answer, 'the attentive kind'. So, that's why I came to you, here, again."

I nod to the patron and let a moment of silence settle between us while I think on their complaint.

As a living housekeeper, and fresh from my latest shaving, I reply, "I don't always get sarcasm, is this not?"

The patron absentmindedly tattoos their ring against the knife while they introspect.

"Actually, no. I thought I was being sarcastic but it seems I was just being hyperbolic. Sorry to have taken over your attention, there's apparently a line of people waiting to order that I didn't know about."

"Wait!" I arrest their vacation of the line, "You didn't order. Please return the knife before stepping out of line."

"Mom, do you have my permission slip for the trip signed?" An overweight adult asks their elderly line-companion.

"Oh fuck this!" The "mom" replies and takes the permission slip forcefully from the person only to promptly tear it inside out. "There, you have free will now, be happy, goodbye." They say and leave the store after dropping the one hundred knives they had taken from the eatery.

The person looking for childcare looks at the person who was just forcefully emancipated. "I think I'll have the fois grace." They order

Completed challenges

The following challenges were completed during the writing exercise:

Begin Start typing to begin
Event Winter is long and extremely cold
Location A restaurant
Words Reach 50 words
Prop Include a butter knife
Words Reach 100 words
Words Reach 50 words
Words Reach 100 words
Character An attentive childminder
Sentence "Everyone keeps ignoring me."
Event Silence
Character A well-behaved housekeeper
Prop Include a ring
Words Reach 200 words
Sentence "You have my permission."
Event Someone gains superpowers
Words Reach 300 words

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