Send in the clowns


“Will there be ice cream and cake?”

She ignored his question, pulling at the fleece blanket she had wrapped around her. Plopping down on the ottoman at the foot of her oversized chair, he poked at her, trying to get an answer.


Twisting the hem of her blanket, she drew the edge up to her mouth, stuffing down the insults she wanted to throw back at him. All she wanted was to cocoon in her chair and he was ruining that.

“Ice cream? I like chocolate, if you’re taking requests.”

He leaned in against her legs. Knees drawn up to her chin, they made a perfect backboard. She tried scooting away from him, but he wrapped his arms around her.

“Can we have pointy hats and noisemakers too?”

She dug her foot into his hip and pushed, hoping to knock him off the ottoman. He countered her assault by trying to tickle her.

“Clowns, you have to get some clowns, some who can make balloon animals.”

As much as she hated it, she started laughing. Dropping her legs, she let him move closer, sharing the chair cushion. Laying her head on his chest, she hugged him back.

“Good thing we didn’t sent out invitations.” He gently kissed the top of her head. “Shame though, it was shaping up to be a great pity party.”

“We can still have ice cream and cake.” She smiled and opened the blanket to let him in her cocoon.

Week 31: Inspired by “ice cream and cake”

14 thoughts on “Send in the clowns

  1. well you know me and all my romantic tendencies LOVED this piece, pouting is one way to get a KISS anytime. (however, I don’t like clowns, they are creepy to me and so when he said “we’ll have clowns” I probably would have stopped him RIGHT THERE!)

    also, I love this a little girl growing up in the 70’s I loved the song but never really listened to the words, until I was a young woman in the 80’s and 90s’..and I fell in love with the lyrics to the melody that took me right back to childhood. I’m humming it now.


    1. I’m not a clown fan, but it’s more indifference than actively disliking them. I’m glad that you still liked the romance of this, even with clowns.


  2. I enjoyed the authentic feel of this and the natural details (like the blanket in the mouth) that speak to their comfort level. And darn those people who can just slide a little bit under the defenses we want to erect.


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