The brothers dropped their backpacks on the floor and sauntered to the table. They slid into chairs facing each other and placed their fists on the wooden surface. Eyes squinted, they sized up the opponent. Leaned forward, with backs straight, both boys sought to intimidate the other. They knew what was at stake should they lose the duel.
“One…two…three…” the boys pounded their fists on the table with each count. On the fourth count, the older boy flattened his hand into paper; the younger boy held two fingers out as scissors.
“Yes! I won the cookie!” The younger brother bounded from his seat to grab his prize.
“Not so fast,” the older brother blocked the cookie with his arm. “You threw your scissors after my paper.”
“Nuh-uh! That was a clean start – I won fair and square. I’m telling Mom…”
“Fine. Best two out of three, then.”
This is my second entry for Trifecta – Week 19. Here are the challenge details:
This week’s word is: clean (adjective): a ) free from moral corruption or sinister connections of any kind <a candidate with a clean record>; b) free from offensive treatment of sexual subjects and from the use of obscenity <a clean joke>; c) observing the rules : fair <a clean fight>
The challenge is to use the word “clean” with the above definition in a post that is between 33 and 333 words. The word itself needs to be included in the response. You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above. (No cleaning, cleaned, cleans, cleaner, cleaning lady, etc.). Additional posting instructions are in Trifecta’s challenge post.