when: friday night, year unknown
where: at the dining room table
we're waiting for everyone to finish washing. i'm bored, and he's sitting straight across from me. in childish innocence, i play a game. "monkey see, monkey do".
he taps his fingers.
i tap mine.
he hums a tune.
i hum back.
he starts getting annoyed. this isn't supposed to happen! it's just a game! i'm too little to understand not to push my volatile brother too far.
he makes a face.
i make a face.
he glares at me.
i glare back.
he picks up his spoon, voicelessly threatening to throw it at me.
i pick up mine.
next thing i know, there's a twinging pain above my eye, and i have two soup spoons instead of one. touching my eyebrow, i feel a droplet of blood. not too much.
i don't understand. wasn't it just
like all the others we have
i guess i was wrong.
now i know, never get him upset.
if you do, you will regret it.