Daily Prompt: Trick Questions

Daily Prompt: Trick Questions

A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece – about you. What are the three questions you really hope she doesn’t ask you?


 

Barbara came in and took a seat in the chair across from me.

“It’s good to have you on the show”

“Thank you Barbara, it’s good to be here.”

“We want to talk to you about your book of course, but first we have some other important questions that we want to ask. Is that OK?”

“Fine with me, as long as the questions are not too hard,” I laughed nervously.

“You grew up on a farm and raised sheep, is that right?”

“Uh huh but, we called it a sheep ranch, not a farm. My family has been raising sheep on that land for over 100 years.”

“So you know a lot about sheep ranching and sheep, in general, then?”

“I probably know more than the average guy on the street but there are a lot of ranchers who know more than I.”

Barbara’s expression grew serious and she tapped the eraser end of her pencil on her forehead a couple of times. “Why then, don’t sheep shrink when it rains?”

My jaw dropped. Did she really just ask me that?

She quickly shook her head, “No, sorry, sorry. That was really an unfair question and I’ll retract it.”

“Thank you Barbara.”

“Your first book didn’t sell very well. Am I right? Not like your new one.”

“That’s right Barbara. I think my mother bought the only one. My wife wouldn’t even buy a copy she waited until my mom finished it and then borrowed hers.”

She smiled, “What was that book about?”

“It was a chronicle of epic failures throughout history. I somehow believed that people would find it interesting. I guess I was wrong. Maybe I need to write a sequel and include the publication of that book.” I smiled back at her.

“So you wrote a book about failure and it didn’t sell, huh? Does that mean your book was a success?”

“Are you feeling all right Babs? Do you need me to get you some water, maybe an aspirin?”

“Thank you but I’m fine. Let’s move on shall we?” She stood up and faced away from me, offstage. Then she twisted her head and looked back in my direction and down towards her backside. “Does this outfit make my butt look big?”


 

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