Here's Story #28 in my #astoryaday June Writing Challenge. I bet we all have one friend (or ex-friend) like this guy. Either of them, actually. Enjoy? ~ JH
"A Word In Edgewise"
"See, that's exactly what I'm talking about! That confounded attitude of yours is gonna get us both in trouble one of these days!"
This isn't the first time Rodney has gotten on my case today without provocation. In fact, it is the eighth. The first seven times, I tried to shrug it off without saying anything, which only further served to "get his goat," as Rodney likes to say. But I'm getting pretty tired of hearing him jaw at me over any and everything, and now it's time to nip it in the bud.
"Rodney, you and me – we've been friends for a long time now, right?"
"Right, but –"
"And in the course of our long-standing friendship, we've had some pretty good times, wouldn't you agree?"
"Yes, but –"
"And also during that time, we've had our fair share of disagreements, wouldn't you also agree with that?"
"I reckon, but –"
"And through it all, Rodney, wouldn't you say that I have been a faithful friend to you no matter what?"
"Well, sure, but –"
"But what, Rodney? Why must there always be a 'but'? Why do you always insist on having the last word – and indeed, nine out of ten words – on every little thing? Does it make you feel powerful? Does it make you feel in control?"
"I don't –"
"If so, why do you feel the need to control me? What did I do to deserve it? What's in it for you?"
"Answer me, Rodney!"
"Well, I would, but –"
"There's that word 'but' again! Why do you always have to get so defensive about everything?"
"I ain't never known you to go off on anybody like this, much less on me! What gives?"
"You never really gave me much chance to, did you, Rodney? You're a talker, no question about that, but you're the poorest listener I've ever met, and I've known some real doozies."
"Well, I'm sorry, but –"
"That again! Rodney, I'm tired of hearing myself talk, because I've already made my point at least half a dozen times now. But I'm even more tired of hearing you talk. Why don't you take your 'confounded attitude' and hit the road, before I have to show you what trouble really is!"
"But – OUCH! Hey, what the –? Ugh, alright, alright, I'm going!"