Friday, June 25, 2010

Retro Retribution - A Magpie Tale

19 year old Suzie hunched over the lamp scrubbing decades of grime out of the indentations as though she were digging for treasure. In fact it was treasure of sorts. Suzie had spotted the 1960s lamp in a secondhand store and squealed like a stuck pig, albeit a cute one. She was into ‘retro’ anything and this lamp was definitely retro. Except for the dirt.

Her first cleaning didn’t bring the results she had hope for, but the toothbrush was a perfect cleaning tool. It wasn’t long before the lamp looked almost new.
 

As she began putting away the cleaning supplies she heard her mother call from the bottom of the stairs.

“Dinner’s ready.”

“Okay. Be right there.”

After putting the small bucket and detergent under the bathroom sink she quickly put the toothbrush under running water for all of two seconds before putting it back into the toothbrush holder.

So my dear brother… remember my blouse you used to wipe off the engine of your car? she thought to herself. Well, I do. And revenge IS sweet. I don’t care what they say.


(Each week Willow, over at Magpie Tales, posts a picture as a writing prompt. Go check out the poems and stories by going here.)

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24 comments:

Helen said...

Delightful! We all need a little 'healthy' revenge sometimes.

signedbkm.com said...

Sweet revenge - especially to siblings.... I remember that....bkm

Wanda said...

Love it, love it!!! I have a brother 10yrs younger than me....He used to get into all my things...

Oh sweet revenge!!! Darling story.

Words A Day said...

Short and sweet, and I guess there are worse things she could have cleaned!

perfidia said...

I giggled myself silly over this one! Brilliant.... Thank you.

Gabriela Abalo said...

so funny, feeling sorry for the brother.

loveNlight
Gabi

Rudee said...

It could have been worse...

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

I love it...Revenge on your sibling, I can so relate to that, I have two sister who were always borrowing my clothes never to see them again...

willow said...

My kids were always doing this kind of thing to each other! Thanks for the giggles.

Suz said...

Ahhhh! revenge....he had it coming
My brother once took the wheels off of my bike
because he said I wasn't riding mine!
...:)

Sandy said...

ha, good one, I kind of remember doing something like this to my sis once...or was it just a fantasy thought.

AngelMay said...

This was cute. A delight to read.

Brian Miller said...

oh a wicked magpie...i wonder if my sister ever did that to me...hmm...smiles.

chiccoreal said...

Dear Crone: Oh yes, I definitely have always feared this type of sabotage of said toothbrush. Your story totally made me gag! I think I will now always hide my brush for fear of real or imagined germs. Can you imagine...oh brother! Thank-you for the heads up!

Tumblewords: said...

I'm feeling a need for revenge - this sounds like a good start! Nice!

transparentnow? said...

Bought a smile and a memory of sweet revenge. Very Cute.

Catalyst said...

Yes! Vengeance is mine, sayeth Sweet Suzie!

Linda said...

OK this one made me chuckle. I didn't see that coming - that she used her brother's toothbrush to clean her lamp. Sweet!

~T~ said...

Ha! Will he even notice?

Patience said...

Awesome! I have a brother too and this has totally given me any idea! Ha! Loved this magpie.

RNSANE said...

Such fun. Revenge against a brother is the very best feeling!

PattiKen said...

What goes around, comes around. I can only imagine what my two sons did to their younger sister. Whatever it was, I'm sure she had it coming.

JeffScape said...

Argh! I've done that on ACCIDENT!

Nobody ever lets anything live down, do they? ;)

Sue J said...

Good one, CC :) I use old toothbrushes to get around the taps.