Small Talk

For Three Word Wednesday, prompt words backfire, embarrass, taste. Also submitted to dVerse OpenLinkNight.

Small Talk
The room was decked
with holiday cheer, full
of strangers sipping drinks
and tasting tiny hors d’oeuvres.
Having never learned the art
of mingling I stood in a darkened
corner, but he found
me anyway.
 “So, what’s your
career path?” He leaned
in close, talking over the
pounding backfire
of dance music.
“I’m on my way
toward death,” I said.
He backed away, embarrassed.
Or frightened. No one ever laughs
at my party jokes.

32 thoughts on “Small Talk

  1. haha…i would def. love to do some party smalltalk with you…def. outside the lines and that i always find refreshing…haha…still laughing…you should see how hard..smiles


  2. Another one laughing! How come I never get that response when I say that line in person? Maybe it's my stone-cold delivery, Eastwood stare, and general unkempt appearance. Thanks Laurie.


  3. Thanks Alice. Death is something we all have to face–unless, of course, the Rapturists are right. I'd rather go out in a fiery chariot ride, like the Prophet Elijah, but I'm not betting on it.


  4. Nico, I laughed outloud too. I think one has to be of a certain age and frame of mind to find this funny. I am both of the age and frame of mine. I'd enjoy chatting with you at the party. LOL.


  5. I do hate 'smart-alec' questions, from smarmy types at parties or other gatherings. Over here a popular question is: 'What is your speciality?' I usually reply: 'Avoiding dumb questions!'


  6. I'm not particularly fond of small talk either; I prefer to seek out the corner. I might just have to see if I can fit that line into a conversation. I may not have laughed, but this definitely put a smile on my face.


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