OVERHEARD : the relative merits of using wastebaskets as urinals.
Merely a snippet of conversation I overheard on a totally normal day. I don’t remember any details about where this happened, so it must have been far, far from home and involving total strangers. Sorry I don’t remember any more details.
Would it be okay...
the boy asked politely,
...if I peed in a wastebasket?
replied his mother without pause; her response implying it may not have been her first time answering such requests.
So can I?
No. It would make things smell bad. And...it's gross.
he said, slowly processing; his response implying it may have been his first, or hundredth time making such requests.
...so can I?
I'm sure the matter is settled for good. I'll always wonder.