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Don’t Trip Over That Mountain

Becky rolled her eyes as her date droned on about the overlooked plight of children forced into labor on Ecuadorian banana plantations; it wasn’t that Becky didn’t care, she was just bored by people who always talked about problems plaguing the world without ever doing anything more than token gestures to effect change. She allowed Jamie to finish the memorized screed before asking the simple question, “What have you done about it?”; brimming with pride the young idealist bragged of helping draft a petition to request a labor law initiative added to the ballot of the next election. With a condescending smile Becky mentioned that she had established an organization that had already rescued several dozen children from abusive foster homes in the United States and nonchalantly motioned for the waiter to bring her the check; while she knew there wasn’t a future for them, she did feel a pang of guilt at so quickly sabotaging any chance of a second date with the handsome-but-naive suitor. 

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2 thoughts on “Don’t Trip Over That Mountain

  1. Moody Paper on said:

    I like it. I think the continuum of involvement is worth discussing, so Becky missed an opportunity, but apparently decided it would be lost on Jamie. And Jamie…well, let’s just say I can’t think of another story where both characters annoyed me equally in their human frailties. So it has me reflecting on the strengths and faults in many characters.

  2. Moody Paper on said:

    No other characters give me this reaction, so they are parts of me. Great. ; )

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