Slash and Burn

Daily PromptWrite 500 words on any topic you like. Now remove 250 of them without changing the essence of your post.

250 words, slashed and burned

“Who wrote Metamorphosis? It was Kafka, wasn’t it?” asked Judy.

“No, you dumb-ass!” hollered Mike.

“Watch your mouth,” said Mom.

“Kafka was a dictator in the 1930’s,” continued Mike.

“No he wasn’t,” snapped Judy. “Well, then who wrote Metamorphosis?”

“Kafka was a brutal dictator who cost his country thousands of innocent lives,” said Mike.

“Where are you getting this?” asked Judy.

“From the truth. Hello!” answered Mike. “Kafka tortured people to get to the bottom of a supposed coup. He was sanctioned by the United Nations. We bombed his ass…”

“Don’t make me tell you again, Mike” snapped Mom.

“Other European countries ended diplomatic relations and nearly shut down his country until he finally admitted he was wrong,” continued Mike.

“You are wrong,” said Judy. “Kafka was an author.”

“Anyway, Kafka eventually fled his country to Poland before seeking asylum in Brazil,” said Mike. “But he was found in an outdoor market and taken to trial.”

“Who needs this rest stop?” interrupted Mom.

We all answered, “Me!”

“Ok, then, put on your coats. Mike, I think you are thinking of Kaschub who was a Nazi doctor, but I don’t think he was the one who fled to Brazil, although someone did. We’ll google it up later. And, the United Nations was formed after World War II in 1945. There was no coup, planned or not, in Germany. Hitler was elected into his position before assuming the role of dictator. And, yes, Franz Kafka did indeed write Metamorphosis among others,” said Mom.

500 word original

I hadn’t been a fan of cemeteries ever since Judy told me you had to hold your breath to keep the spirits of the dead people from being jealous you were still alive.

Mom was glaring, “you’ll appreciate this when you’re older.” Yeah, I though, I’ll appreciate a lot when I’m older. But I knew better than to get grounded for back-talking on vacation and grounding started after vacation ended.

I was quiet after leaving the place of the last stand. Judy was finishing her summer reading for her AP class in the fall and the rest of us played games and listened to music.

“Who wrote Metamorphosis? It was Kafka, wasn’t it?” asked Judy.

“No, you dumb-ass!” hollered Mike.

“Watch your mouth, young man,” said Mom.

“Kafka was an eastern European dictator in the 1930’s,” continued Mike with no notice of the repercussion for cursing.

“No he wasn’t,” snapped Judy. “Well, then who wrote Metamorphosis?”

“I can’t remember,” replied Sarah, who actually didn’t know.

“Kafka was a brutal dictator who cost his country thousands of innocent citizens’ lives,” said John.

“Where are you getting this from?” asked Judy.

“From the truth, hello!” answered Mike. “Kafka mutilated people. He tortured them, their families, their friends, their neighbors, all to get to the bottom of a supposed coup. He was sanctioned by the United Nations. The US went over and bombed his ass…”

“Don’t make me tell you again, Mike” snapped Mom.

“Other European countries ended diplomatic relations and nearly shut down his country until he finally admitted he was wrong,” continued John as Mike stuck his tongue out at Mom’s back.

“Then,” interrupted John, “here’s where it all happened, then the group that really had been planning a coup—his own men, to boot—actually pulled it off because Kafka was too busy defending himself against these other nations.”

“He was from Czechoslovakia, or someplace like that,” said Mike.

“You are so wrong,” said Judy. “Kafka was an author.”

“No. It was Moldova,” said John. “Kafka was a dictator in Moldova.”

“What about Hungary!” added Sarah.

“No, Sarah. Hungary wasn’t a country then,” retorted John.

“Anyway, Kafka eventually fled his country to Poland before seeking asylum in Brazil,” said Mike.

“But he was found in an outdoor market and taken to trial,” said John.

Mom broke the momentum of the debate. “Who needs this rest stop?”

We all responded with an enthusiastic, “I do!”

“Ok, then, put on your coats. Dad, the exit is in half a mile. Guys, I think you are thinking of Kasche or Kaschub who were influential in the Nazi movement, though I don’t think either are the one who fled to Brazil, although someone did. We can look it up later. And, the United Nations was formed after World War II in 1945. Plus, I’m pretty sure there was no coup in Germany. Hitler was elected into his position before assuming the role of dictator. Franz Kafka did indeed write Metamorphosis among others,” said Mom.

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