Silence Please

It was as if she didn't understand the concept of 'shut up'

Wednesday has come around again and I’m happy to present this week’s flash fiction.

Alessia slapped her hand over her eyes and a matching sound echoing across the room. Timothy no doubt. Madam Jos Josephine Maria Ziegler prattled on ignoring that thunder clouds held nothing next to the sheriff’s face now. It was as if she didn’t understand the concept of “shut up.”

A concept she was disinclined to learn from the pair of them, and one disregarding was bound to land them in trouble. Lowering her hand over her mouth she glanced at Timothy. He’d dropped his hand and was staring blankly ahead as if accepting of his fate.

Fine it was up to her. She stepped forward. “Now sheriff–”

“I demand to be compensated,” Josephine wailed over Alessia. If she’d heard her attempt to speak at all. She shook her skits holding them out before her as if the gash were evidence of a heinous wrongdoing.

The sheriff stroked his pistol a bit too fondly for Alessia’s liking. Enough she was beginning to doubt he bought the false name she’d managed to tag Josephine with. “Seems to me we ought not to be hasty,” he drawled. One corner of his mouth turned up and his eyes turned eager. Yep, suspicious that one.

“Or we could just leave now and save you a heap of hassle.” Alessia and Timothy both twirled, grinning at the familiar voice. Ollie leaned in the doorframe.

Behind her, Alessia heard Josephine squeak, but went silent beyond that. Finally, she knew play time was done.

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