Fic: Piqued


Originally written for the 2013 writerverse prompt dialogue only fiction, “What’s in the Bag?”

One character is being nosy and the other tries to stop them being inquisitive, while correcting their grammar.

“What’s in the bag?”

“Never you mind.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“It means it’s none of your business, stop being nosey. Don’t touch it.”

“Oh. Well now I really want to look in the bag. It’s like, forbidden fruit, or something.”

“Well that much I’ll admit. I can assure you it isn’t any sort of fruit, forbidden, imaginary, or otherwise.”

“If you’d just said it was stuff, or dirty clothes, or something you wouldn’t have picked my curiosity.”

“One, why would dirty clothes be in this new and expensive looking bag? Two, it’s piqued, not picked.”

“I thought it was picked. What does piqued mean?”

“Um, stimulated, I suppose. Makes you more curious. Picked just doesn’t make any sense.”

“It does. It picked my curiosity up.”

“Don’t try to reason your way into poor grammar usage. And don’t touch the bag!”


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