Accident 2 By D.I. Jolly

“Don’t tell me everything is going to be fine, tell me what happened!”

Her tone was more annoyed than anything else, born from the frustration of being given bad results without explanation to back them up.

“It wasn’t our fault mom.”

“Yeah it really was just one big misunderstanding, and then it got out of hand…”

“What got out of hand?”

The two boys looked at each other for a long second, hoping to find courage in the face of the other.

“You tell her.”

The three of them stood outside their house. Ms Morris had arrived back from work to find her boys sitting on the front steps and before she could say anything they had started trying to comfort her, make excuses and ultimately get her to promise to stay calm. All of which had had the opposite result.

“Well, all we wanted to do was try to make you a nice welcome home dinner, you work so hard and we wanted to surprise you.”

She narrowed her eyes.

“That’s a lie, a nice lie but a lie. Try again.”

“Ok, ok, we were trying to melt plastic bags to reshape into spikes for our shoes to see if we could run up walls. But the plastic caught fire, then the curtains caught fire.”

Her eyes grow suddenly wide.

“It’s ok, we managed to put it all out… Just… Just not before we blew the power box and turn the whole kitchen into a blackened hellscape.”

A calm look spread across her face that caused fear to creep through the boy’s bodies.

“How is it possible that you two come upon this idea?”

They looked at each other nervously for a few seconds.

“It … came up through conversation, mostly, with… some input from YouTube.”

She nodded her head thinking which caused a second wave of fear to hit the boys.

“And you’re both alright, no burns or pain in your lungs from smoke?”

“No… no, we’re both fine.”

“Good, that’s good. I’d hate to have to look after either of you at this point. I’m afraid I might poison you unconsciously.”

Something about her tone made them believe her and it worried them.

“W… what are you going to do to us.”

A smile spread across her face and for an instant, the younger boy thought he might literally wet himself with fear.

“I don’t know yet, but I look forward to figuring it out, now let us go inside so mommy can see how much of an accident you two really were.”

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