Ping Pong Ball Halves
My response to the prompt ‘perplexed‘.
~ Ping Pong Ball Halves~
She stared at the ping pong ball halves on the floor. (There were 26 of them. She knew because she counted them as she squashed down the urge to throw her son and his friends out of the house.)
Her son wasn’t mischievous, but he wouldn’t say no to excitement. Same with Luca. Melanie was the worst person to ask for explanations. Her answers almost always made less sense than the questions.
She turned to Max, the most level headed of the bunch, and was about to ask him for an explanation when their fourth guest walked into the room.
The girl froze at the sudden attention but recovered quickly with a “Hello Auntie”.
“What are you doing with the ping pong balls?
“I don’t know yet, but it was either that or five ice cream tubs of pork lard. I thought the ping pong balls would at least be easier to clean.”
That didn’t clear any of her perplexity, but Roxana was there. She could trust her to keep everyone else in line.
“OK. Be careful.”
As she reached the top of the stairs, she heard Melanie say, “She said ‘OK’.”
“That’s not an invitation to burn down the house.”
She almost dashed back downstairs to kick everyone and their ping pong balls out.
You can read more about Melanie and Roxana in Zing and Bling Bling.