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Suzy’s Bad Day: Wendig Challenge

P0000012821S0046T2.jpgThis week’s topic was about going against authority. This story started out that way, but didn’t end up really being about that at all. I’m not even sure what I intended to do with it at first, but I sort of just followed the lead character down a spiral.

The image to the right will make sense in a minute or so.

Story after the break.

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I am Samuel Jenkins, and Lilith is my daughter.

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At first I assumed it was a typical school shooting. The fact that I can say those words is an indictment of the time period we’re living in, but there is such a thing now.

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Hmm? No, I hadn’t known she was being bullied. She was at that age when girls don’t talk to parents, especially fathers, anymore. She found a few friends that I objected to, as fathers do, but I wasn’t worried about her.

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The pocketknife was something I gave her a few summers back when we took our first camping trip. It was just a typical lock-back Buck knife.

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No, to the best of my knowledge she did not stab anyone with it.

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Yes, I taught her how to use it. I showed her first how to make sure the blade was sharp. We practiced honing blades with an oil stone, and then we worked on basic whittling techniques. She got quite good that summer, and then moved on to woodcarving. Her artistry is even on display in the school right now.

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Because pocketknives are extraordinarily useful. The fact that they’ve fallen out of cultural consciousness is a travesty. When I was a Cub Scout in the 80s, we were even allowed to bring them into school if we had earned our Totin’ Chips.

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It’s about as sharp as a well-kept kitchen knife.

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Well, of course I showed her. How else would she have known where to draw the right amount of blood from her palm?

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I am saying that, yes.

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The best I can figure is the circle she drew was not completely connected.

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Not unsupervised, no.

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Balar was the family’s personal servant.

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Of course I didn’t trust him. That’s why I paid to have a perfectly machined inlaid marble circle in the summoning room.

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I don’t believe Lilith intended to release him.

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I would appreciate your patience as my family deals with this troubling time. Now, if you’re quite done with the questions: phnglu gloz benath uth hatar

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[screams]

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