Sharp edges

As Natalie threw the mug at the wall, she growled, “You weren’t supposed to move!”

“You wanted to get me?” Dan whimpered.

“Only a little.”

“You threw a mug!”

“Bone china, breaks easily.”

“With sharp edges.”

“You started it!”

“You shouldn’t have asked if you didn’t want me to be honest.”

“I was expecting you to lie!”

“How was I supposed to know that?”

“You’re a man.”

“I’ve never been asked before.”


Dan shook his head. “Suppose they didn’t need to.”

“What does that mean?”

“Confidence. They seemed to…”

Dan swerved as another mug flew over his right shoulder. “Oy! That was my Man U mug. At least pick one of yours.”

“I did… the first time.”

“Pick another one of yours this time.”

“What do you mean this time?”

“Well, you know that training course I said I’d been on…”


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