Friday Fictioneers: Ripples

For Madison Woods’ Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction Challenge.

“What are those rings mummy?”

“They are ripples sweetie.”

“What are ripples?”

“It is how the water moves when you throw something in it.”

“Why does it do that?”

“Its called impact baby.”

“What is impact?”

“It is like how when Johnny hits you when you snatch his toy, and it starts to hurt and go red?”

“Yes.”

Silence.

“Mummy someone just hit the water?”

“What do you mean sweetie?”

“Ripples”

“Yes sweetie that’s right.”

“That boy just hit it and its hurting.”

“Yes sweetie he just threw something into the water.”

“Are you going to yell at him?”

“No sweetie I am not.”

“But mummy, you yell at Johnny every time he ripples me.”

“Yes I do sweetie. But Johnny was making bad ripples.”

“What are good ripples mummy? Do they hurt the same?”

“A good ripple is when Johnny hugs you when he says sorry. Does it hurt the same?”

She shook her head slowly. “Don’t think so.”

Silence.

“So is he making good ripples mummy?”

“I don’t know sweetie.”

“Ask him mummy.”

She folded her little arms and looked at her mother.

“Why?”

“Because if he’s making bad ripples someone should tell him to stop.”

The little girl let go of her mother’s hand and walked towards the little boy.

She lagged behind and smiled to herself when she heard her child speak.

“Hello, are you making good ripples?”

She folded her little arms and frowned waiting for the little boy to answer.

“Do you know what ripples are?”



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