Late Night at Caterpickles

It’s summer, so of course, it must be time to visit the Caterpickles Way Back Machine. Today’s story comes from the Summer of 2013, when The Nine-Year-Old was only Six.

Mommyo and Daddyo are watching binge-watching Justified late one night, when Daddyo hears The Six-Year-Old wandering about. “The Six-Year-Old, is that you?”

The Six-Year-Old, defensively: “I’m just getting a drink!”

Daddyo: “Are you giving out hugs?”

The Six-Year-Old: “No. I’m too soggy after my procedure. I couldn’t reach the clean cups, so I had to use my hands.”

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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