She was about 13, and she came in the shop every morning on her way to school. She would mess up displays, try out the free testers. I asked her to stop spraying herself with so many testers every morning. I said, “I have to pay for those myself. Please don’t use so much when you don’t intend to buy.”

She looked at me defiantly and said, “So?”

That’s when I slapped her. The next morning, her mother came into the shop with her. It . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “so?”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

2 thoughts on “So?”

  1. “So?”
    The sheer insolence of the syllable left her speechless.
    She couldn’t believe it was her offspring talking to her.
    Something snapped inside her .
    A boiling rage , she raised her hand of its own volition.
    Waves of contrition followed seconds later, but the crack of the slap and the shocked look on her daughter’s face had already hit her first.

  2. “So wadda ya got there under the microscope, Ms. M?” Dr. O’ Malley, the biology professor, asked when he came to the lab table where Carla was intently looking into the microscope.

    She looked up at him and answered, “A cross-section of an elephant.” Her mouth slowly breaking into a big smile, while the other three classmates sitting at the same table started to snicker.

    Dr. O’Malley just shook his head, smiled and continued moving to the next table.

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