I’m seated at my desk, testing out a new black pen on a story idea.
“What are you doing?” Fleegle asks as he ambles into the den.
“I’m writing a story about Super Fatty.”
“Who is Super Fatty? Is he an action hero like Superman?”
“He’s an American who believes if a meal can’t be super-sized it’s only an appetizer, and that all health problems can be solved with a pills advertized on television. So there’s no need for him to take care of himself, just indulge all his cravings.”
“No, I meant what are you doing putting that black stuff on that paper? It looks like tiny strands of syrup. What flavor is it? Is it licorice? Can I taste it? Put some on my nose.”
I tear the paper off my pad, frustrated with the negative tangent I’ve taken the story down. “I’ll do you one better.” I wad it up into a ball. “We can play fetch with it.” I toss it across the room.
“Licorice fetch,” he says and runs after it. When he returns and drops it in my lap, he asks, “Can we play burger fetch next?”
“Would that be regular or super-sized?”
“Tiny-sized fetch would be fine with me as long as it’s with burgers, really greasy burgers.”