Awkward Conversation

“It is really uncomfortable. I’m using this cream to help.” Anna said as she discreetly opened her purse and held a tube where Susan could see it without taking it fully out into the open.

“Oh yes. I had that difficulty during my pregnancy too.” Susan responded. “It got worse in the later months.”

“Did it impact your delivery?” Anna asked.

“No. There was so much going on down there during labor, it didn’t make a difference.” Susan answered.

Tom walked up and interrupted them by saying, “My wife had trouble with those too. I used to apply the cream on her to help out.”

The ladies were shocked into silence by his uninvited entry into their delicate conversation. He took the silence as an invitation to continue.

“I tried to reassure her by making jokes about it. One time I told her it looked like a bloodshot eyeball with all the squiggly lines radiating out from the center. She wasn’t amused. I don’t know why. I’m a funny guy most of the time.” he babbled.

“The thing that got me was the odor.” he continued. “All that cocoa butter can really make your hands smell after a while. It’s hard to wash off.”

The two ladies continued to stare at him in silent horror.

Tom pauses for a second in puzzlement at their reluctance to engage in more conversation. He nervously looked around then down at Anna’s open purse. In her shock, she had not closed it. Tom realized his mistake as he saw the tube of hemorrhoidal cream in her hand. They were clearly having a different conversation than mitigating stretch marks on their bellies as their pregnancies advanced.


Write a post that includes dialogue between two people — other than you. (For more of a challenge, try three or more people.)

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