Thirty Seconds Tales #17: Something Broken

A four-year-old says to his babysitter –

‘What is cloaked?’

‘Covered.’

‘Then what is clocked?’

‘Something to do with time, or achieving something. Please, not now. I’m trying to find my phone. I don’t know where I put it… Did you see my phone?’

He doesn’t answer. After a while.

‘What is croaked?’

‘Aargh! Can you be any more annoying?! The sound a frog makes. Go play somewhere else now!’

‘Umm…What is crooked?’

‘Please, go bother someone else.’

‘But you’re the babysitter. There’s no one home. What is crooked?’

‘Something bent. Now go!’

‘Please, one last one. I still don’t have the word I’m looking for.’

‘Oh god! What?!’

‘How about cracked?’

‘BROKEN! Something broken. Like my patience, kiddo!’

‘YES! That’s the word I was looking for? I’m sorry. Your phone got cracked.’

He throws the pieces of her pulverized phone on the floor and runs away.


In response to the Daily Prompt: Cloaked

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71 thoughts on “Thirty Seconds Tales #17: Something Broken

  1. Fun story. There was a time when some of us Aussies here used to expression “clock” to refer to someone being struck, hit or punched. So, if I was clocked from behind then someone had king-hit me. The other way is interesting. Croaked can be slang for death. So, if I was croaked, I would not be typing anymore. πŸ™‚

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    • πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚. That’s really informative. Personally I love learning about words that connote different things in different parts of the world. In India, if one said clocked, generally along with ‘in’, we take it for something done within a specific period of time. Fascinating how language works. Thanks for adding to my knowledge and commenting 😊 😊

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