“Did you do it or not?”
Here she goes again. Now she’ll start staring with those really dark eyes.
How does she do that? How does she generate so much authority just through her eyes?
Shit! Can’t do this any longer. You win, mom.
“Yes, I did it.”
I think my head’s spinning. I really think my head’s spinning.
How long has it been? Five seconds? Maybe ten?
Need to give up. Give up, David. Just give up.
“No. I-I didn’t do it today.”
What? Did I just say that?
“Are you sure? Don’t lie to mom.”
Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!
You can still back away, David. You can still admit it and apologize. This isn’t out of your hands yet.
Damn it, can’t back away now.
“I’m perfectly sure.”
She’s frowning. She’s checking me. Be brave, David.
Oof, she looked away. Thank goodness! This is unbelievable. I just started mom out.
“No, I didn’t do it. I swear.”
This is too easy. Way too easy! Why couldn’t I do this before?
She didn’t frown. That’s unusual. She always frowns when I deny her.
Well, at least say something, mom!
Fuck it! I did it, I won, and that’s what matters.
“David, I kept thirty bucks in my purse’s side-pocket last night. I can’t find them today.”
“Did you take them?”
“Mom! Not again! I left that habit a long time ago. I don’t do that anymore.”
Okay, now she’s staring.
“Yes. Yes, I am, okay? I didn’t steal the money.”
Yeah, I’m not afraid of your eyes anymore, mom. Stare as long as you want.
She’s looking away. Why won’t she say anything? Why won’t she just...
Wait, what the fuck is wrong with me? I beat her again. I won! There’s nothing to be feel sad about.
She’s searching her purse again. Shit!
Oh, don’t look in that side-pocket! Few bucks are missing.
Okay, David. There’s nothing to worry about. Her eyes don’t quite work magic on you anymore. You can lie looking her damn in the eye.
Still, I can’t deny it’s pretty tough to be up against mom. Her eyes... it almost feels like a hundred needles are piercing my brain when I stare at them.
Shit, she’s looking at me. And those needles are back.
I’m ready. Ask me. Ask me if I took the dollars. Ask me.
Why aren’t you pushing me? Why aren’t you trying to force the truth out?
No, don’t do that. Don’t look away! Ask me the fucking question. I’ll admit the truth. I’ll say I took the money. Just ask me.
Okay, you don’t have to ask me. I’ll say it myself.
No, no, no, no, no, no! How can I say it? How am I supposed to let out the truth just like that? I can’t do that.
She just sighed. She just sighed. Like... like she’s given up on me. Like she doesn’t even want to deal with me anymore.
Oh, mom! I miss your stare. So much!