30 Stories in 30 Days #28 – “Can’t Hack It”
Can’t Hack It
When Sue returned home from work, she found her fiancé sitting on the couch with a glazed look on his face. She sat down next to him and asked, “Where are you?”
After a moment, he slowly replied, “I don’t know.” Shaking his head, he looked over at her and said, “I’ve told you about Rob from work, right?”
She nodded. “Yeah.”
“We were talking today and he told me he had watched this really stupid movie over the weekend, Trees of Death.”
“You know, the classic story of a scientist blending animal DNA with that of trees so they’d be more resilient to insects and diseases, only to have the trees – now able to run across the landscape – develop a taste for human blood.”
Sue laughed. “Oh, that classic story.”
“Is there any other?” Mike asked with a smirk. “But he told me how stupid it was and he said that I probably couldn’t write something that bad.”
“I don’t know about that.”
Mike glared at Sue who only replied with an innocent smile.
Mike sighed and said, “But I’ve been thinking about it, and I believe he might be right.”
“Well, I don’t know if you know this about me or not, but if I’m watching a movie and I see something that’s stupid, I have a hard time keeping quiet about it.”
Sue groaned. She then smiled and said, “Really? I never noticed.”
Mike pinched her arm. “Perhaps I should demonstrate. Let me go grab The Phantom Menace.”
“Nooo!” Mike had made to stand up, but Sue grabbed him and pulled him back to the couch. “I love you,” she told him, “but it does have limits.”
Mike laughed. “Now imagine me trying to write something like that? I would be cursing myself so much I wouldn’t be able to finish it.”
“Well, you’ll never know until you try,” Sue said with a grin.
After a moment’s thought, Mike asked, “Do you really want to see me try to write something bad, just to see me ranting and raving at myself?”
Patting his leg, Sue said, “Maybe it’s best to just assume you can’t hack it.”
“In more ways than one.” Mike grinned and kissed her forehead.