The little boy screwed his face in distaste as the acrid smell of the smoke entered his nostrils. He was glad his parents were out visiting. They were a bane when around, always interrupting him. Their words of caution were an impediment to his quest for knowledge. He despaired at their tepid reaction to his experiments. He expected better from parents of a future scientist.
The acrid smoke rose in swirls filling the room making his eyes water. He stopped poking the fire and moved back in alarm. He felt suffocated. Suddenly the flames had leaped up, licking the curtains and setting them aflame. He stood immobile transfixed in fear.
Just then the sound of a car door being banged shut came to his ears. Foot steps could be heard hurrying down the path. A huge pair of hands swooped down, lifting him off the ground and into them. Soon he smelled the fresh air. He no longer felt his parents were a bane. He was breathing easily again.
A sharp slap on his fleshy backside made him gasp. He looked in shocked surprise at two pairs of eyes in which anger and relief were fighting each other. His buttocks burned. This time the reaction to his scientific experiments had not been tepid after all.
©Shail Mohan 2010
This is written for Three Word Wednesday
This week’s prompt 3WW CXCVI: acrid, bane and tepid.
Three Word Wednesday !!! WOW !!! Interesting words and a nice story, Shail !!! 🙂
Try them Uma. Its fun. I chanced upon it in some page a couple of weeks back. But could get down to it, only this week. 🙂
Nice little story Shail!! Interestingly spun using the words 🙂
Thank you Priya! I will have to keep checking which Priya it is… Hehe… I think there are 3 of them commenting!
The litle boy is a regular Dennis the Menace isn’t he? Cute story- you’ve brought out the boy’s thoughts very nicely!
Yeah Dennis the Menace! Haven’t seen him for quite a while now. I really loved reading about his antics. 🙂 Thank you Manju.
Winnie the poohi said:
Have had the same reactions to my cooking experiments. But I never caused anything to burn. They were afraid I would pour the hot oil on myself. And with my clumsiness I was not really susprised 😀
Lol. I can imagine! 🙂
nice play-around with the words 🙂
reminded me of the five-words story I attempted 😀
Yeah, I read that one. It was a good attempt. 🙂 Thank you Sundeep.
LOL!!! I can so relate! Lovely story Shail
Lol, did you try something like this Ritu?? 😉
Thank you Gyanban 🙂
Renjith P Sarada said:
Could relate to the story, somehow. You took me back to around 30 years – when I pulled out the magnetic tape out of an audio cassette owned and “preserved” by my brother. It was “charming” to see the magnetic tape spooling out of the cassette, all over the place. But, the fireworks that followed immediately, is still etched in my memory!!
Renjith P Sarada, Bahrain
Welcome to Shail’s Nest Renjith. I am sure you enjoyed the prelude so much that you didn’t mind the fireworks that followed! Lol.
Nice plot. 🙂 And thanks for introducing me to this.
Thanks G. YW. I loved your entry very much. Well done. 🙂
this had a playfulness that I really enjoyed.
Thanks ThomG. I am glad to have chanced upon your site via a friend’s blog. 🙂 I will be coming back for more of those 3 words 🙂
LOL! I remember some of the things we did with fire too and yes I got that sting on the Buttocks too. Nicely done Shailji.
Lol. I am trying to imagine a naughty Rashmi! 😉 Thank you. 🙂
Good one..the slap on the behind brought up painful memories though
Lol, I bet. What with your penchant for dunking hens in buckets of cold water! 😉
Wow, What a story! What excellent use of words! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thank you! 😀
Nice story with a good message. The use of 3 words is interesting…you have used them aptly.
Thank you Sandhya! 🙂
thats a new one!! 3 word wednesday!
Yeah and I like it! 🙂
ROFL…simply adored the last lines “His buttocks burned. This time the reaction to his scientific experiments had not been tepid after all.” 😀
Dreamer! Seeing after a long time. Where do you disappear to…. apart from into your dreamworld as a true Dreamer?? 😛 😉
Yeah, not a tepid reaction when your bum is on fire! 😉
Brilliant, it took just three words to cook this one up! You’re a genius 🙂 No doubt on that score!
Great reading; but then I expected nothing less!! 🙂
Awww Usha!! 😀 😀 😀 Thank you so very much.