Prompt: And then Azadeh said…
And then Azadeh said something I just couldn’t make out. Or more so that I didn’t want to make out. I groaned, hoping she’d take a hint and let me continue trying to sleep. It was 5 am, I had to be up in three hours and gotten back home around 2 am. I was in no mood for a conversation, let alone decoding the mumblings of a precocious two year old who seemed hell bent on talking to the strange woman in the bed across from the room from her.
But my throated groan did no good; Azadeh was relentless as she kept having a rigorous conversation that I strongly felt was beginning to hint at the second coming of Christ.
“Okay, listen Azadeh. I realize you’re almost two years old and won’t understand a word I’m saying but while I realize this is your room, your sanctuary – your native land, if you may – and I am the Canadian settler-colonist just parking her butt in this bed for a couple of weeks, you gotta let me sleep. I’m meeting a cute boy tomorrow and your babbling is ruining my just-barely-beauty sleep.”
Azadeh went silent. It was, I swear, the longest 30 seconds I’ve ever experienced with a two year old just staring in the dark; a piercing look of wide-eyed anticipation and challenge.
I cleared my throat slowly.
She then burst into tears and screams. Blood curdling screams. My eyes pushing out of their sockets and terrified, I uh‘d, laid down, turned towards the wall and heard her mom burst softly into the room to save the day.
After a few minutes, quiet re-conquered the room and I smirked as I began to enter sleep induced paradisio.
“Sana? Can you watch her around 6? I have to run out for a bit.”
Off with all your heads.
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