The One Word prompt from Lillie McFerrin’s Five Sentence Fiction site this week was: Candy
“I think I may have over-reacted,” she stammered, clearly embarrassed as her kids, stunned by her outburst, clung fearfully to her skirt.
“On the contrary, it was extremely thoughtless of us,” the old man said stiffly, “but we never thought how it might look, our giving them candies like that; things weren’t like that in our day, you see.”
“Look, why don’t you pop round for coffee one morning next week,” the mother said apologetically, “I’m sure the kids would like it, and you can get to know them a bit better.”
The elderly couple accepted with delight and arranged to come round the following Wednesday, before turning away and hobbling slowly back up the path into their new home.
As they stopped in the doorway to wave goodbye to the young family, the old woman squeezed her husband’s hand and whispered with a smile, “if only it were always that easy, my dear.”