Tuesday, October 14, 2008
8.29 On Time
There was a fight this morning. In the Quiet Coach!
Two sisters, going at each other over and under the arm of the seat with nails and feet, out to draw blood or at least severely bruise. Moments earlier they'd been collaborating on a crossword, all sugar and spice, sharing a comic ever so nicely. Then the Nintendos came out and within seconds it was a pink and blond blur of no-holds-barred violence.
The speed with which their mother was onto them suggested it wasn't the first time something like this had happened. She pulled them apart and segregated them hissing:" We've got twelve more hours of this" in a very no nonsense 'if-you-don't-stop-right-now-you'll-be-sorry-and-I-mean-it' tone. Without raising her voice she gave them each a stiff dressing down.
There was some residual whimpering and a few 'it's not fair's but it all petered out pretty quickly.
I only hope someone's waiting for her, at the end of that twelve hour journey, with a large glass of something cold - she's going to deserve it.
(Quiet Coach) When You Are Engulfed In Flames - David Sedaris