The meeting

“You appear to be very ignorant!” threw the mother on the right.

– I beg your pardon? yelled the other mother, offended. Your son has a problem, I know my son very well. This is yours who kissed mine by force.

– This isn’t the version I’ve got.

 

I felt I was a mere spectator to a game of chess which could degenerate into a boxing match. Back to the mother on the right who could move her pawns:

– This is not what my son told me. Isn’t it?

– I thought you were my friend. YOU asked ME to kiss you. Because I’m your friend, I kissed you.

 

The boy spoke directly to the other boy who gazed at him with no particular expression but said nothing. Instead, his mother replied:

– Lies after harassment … How a boy can force someone to do something he doesn’t want to?

 

“I know how! ” I thought. But it was unnecessary to add the word “rape” to the debate. I could see the tension rising and the other mother, speechless, began to shoot lightnings with her eyes.

The mother on my left continued:

– I understand a woman can be overwhelmed but you don’t seem to know how to handle your son. Your lifestyle has certainly rubbed off on…

– My lifestyle? She shouted out. What do you know about my life? Your son loves boys, you refuse to accept it. And because I live with several roommates, you …

 

She stopped herself and rejected me when I was putting my hands on their arms as a sign of peace. I added:

– We can resolve this peacefully. I always remind kids that no matter what, you should never force someone to do something …

The mother at my right interrupted me:

– We see where it has led. I seriously think of taking my son off this school.

I was ready to say something when a small but firm voice pulled the carpet from under my feet :

– I’m the one who wanted to be kissed.

***

This text is my submission to this week Trifecta writing challenge : Trifecta: Week Seventy-Nine.

Here is the challenge :

On to the weekly, one-word prompt.  This week’s word is:

APPEAR
1a : to be or come in sight <the sun appears on the horizon>
b : to show up <appears promptly at eight each day>
2: to come formally before an authoritative body <must appear in court today>
3: to have an outward aspect : seem <appears happy enough>

You’re probably going to have to tinker with your sentence construction a bit in order to make appear work, since, as you know, our rules don’t allow you to use appears or appeared.  That’s why it’s called a challenge!

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– Vous me paraissez bien ignorante! lança la mère du côté droit.

– Je vous demande pardon? cria l’autre mère, offusquée. Votre fils a un problème ; je connais très bien le mien. C’est votre fils qui l’a embrassé de force.

– Ce n’est pas la version que j’ai eue.

J’avais l’impression d’être une simple spectatrice à une partie d’échec pouvant très mal tourner et dégénérer en un match de boxe. C’était à nouveau à la mère du côté droit d’avancer ses pions :

– Ce n’est pas ce que m’a dit mon fils. N’est-ce pas?

– J’ai cru que tu étais mon copain. Et tu M’AS demandé de t’embrasser. Parce que je suis ton ami, je t’ai embrassé.

Le garçon s’adressait directement à l’autre qui l’observait aussi sans aucune expression particulière mais ne dit mot. A la place, sa mère réagit :

– Le mensonge en plus du harcèlement… Comment un garçon peut-il forcer quelqu’un à faire quelque chose qu’il ne veut pas faire?

« Moi, je sais! » pensais-je mais il était tout à fait inutile de rajouter le mot « viol » au débat. Je voyais la tension monter et l’autre mère, bouche-bée, commençait à lancer des éclairs avec ses yeux.

La mère à ma gauche continua :

– Je comprends qu’une femme puisse être débordée mais vous ne semblez pas savoir gérer votre fils. Votre style de vie a sûrement déteint sur…

– Mon style de vie? elle éructa. Que connaissez-vous de ma vie? C’est votre fils qui aime les garçons ; vous refusez de l’accepter. Et parce que je vis avec plusieurs colocataires, vous vous…

Elle s’interrompit et me repoussa quand je posais mes mains sur leur bras en signe d’apaisement. J’ajoutais :

– Nous pouvons régler ceci calmement. Je rappelle toujours aux enfants que quoiqu’il arrive, on ne doit jamais forcer quelqu’un …

La mère de droite me coupa la parole :

– On voit où ça a mené. Je pense sérieusement à enlever mon fils de cette école.

J’étais prête à répondre quelque chose quand une voix petite mais ferme me coupa l’herbe sous le pied :

– C’est moi qui voulait être embrassé.

 ***

Ce texte est ma proposition défi d’écriture  Trifecta de cette semaine: Trifexta: semaine soixante-dix-neuf.

Voici le défi:

Pour le défi hebdomadaire à un mot . Le mot de cette semaine est:

PARAITRE
1a: être ou venir en vue <le soleil paraît sur l’horizon>
b: se présenter <paraît rapidement à huit chaque jours>
2: venir formellement devant un organisme faisant autorité <doit paraître devant la cour aujourd’hui>
3: pour avoir un aspect extérieur: sembler <paraître heureux>

Vous allez probablement avoir à bricoler avec votre construction de phrases un peu afin de faire apparaître le mot tel quel, puisque, comme vous le savez, nos règles ne permettent pas d’utiliser le mot conjugué autrement. C’est pourquoi on appelle ça un défi!

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12 Responses to “The meeting”

  1. Trifecta in translation! I love it. Such an interesting response to the prompt. Oh, the ways we saddle our poor children.

    Thanks for linking up.

  2. A controversial moment made between mothers where it never needed to be. Nicely written.

  3. The moms just really need to shut up haha 😀 Glad to see one of the sons finally spoke up to silence them!

  4. I’d sure hate to be the mediator of this argument. A disagreement between parents can get quite personal and ugly – fast. I like the ending here – the boy’s confession ends this story, but it’s really the beginning of another story/discussion.

    • I agree… even if I’ve seen worse arguments between parents than this one.
      Yes, the boy’s confession kinda starts a new story.
      Thank you for your comment.

  5. To long to be kissed should end well in a just world. You did a great job of creating a story with so many layers, depending on the point of view of the speaker. Love your bilingual storytelling.

  6. Oh those playground battles. Relieved the kids spoke up.
    Love chess degenerating to boxing match!

    Bit of crit (offered well-knowing how hard it is to write in another language): “threw out” rather than “threw”;
    “her eyes flashed [in anger]” rather than “began to shoot lightenings”;
    Take “out of school” rather than “off school”; and finally
    “pulled the rug out” rather than the carpet.
    Salut!

    • Thank you so much for your comment and your advice.
      Arrgghh I wanted to change “lightenings” with “flashes” but I forgot to. :-/
      I thought “rug/carpet” was about the difference between american english and british english… no?

      Have a nice day! Come back here when you want to!
      Your advice are precious. My english is far for being perfect and I want to improve it.

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