I sat on the couch with my arms folded over my chest while Mother paced in front of me. I hated it when she got that way; as if the movement of her legs would churn the words out or something. Finally, she stopped and stood in front of me, pinning me down with her cold stare.
I liked the pacing better.
“How could you be so stu- careless?”
My back stiffened. Stupid. That’s what she meant, and usually “just like your father” followed.
“So, what are you going to do?” Her voice sounded like a banshee shriek.
I shrugged. “I’m going to marry her, Mother.”
“Oh, that’s rich! Your escapades have made our family fodder for the rumor mill. The scandal of this baby will soil our name forever!”
Dad running off with a seventeen-year-old saloon girl already did that. I knew better than to toss kerosene on smoldering brush, so I kept quiet.
“Another reason to laugh behind my back.” Her shoulders slumped.
It was like she read my mind. “There’s life outside of Tombstone,” I said. I checked; three hours north and I could join the 21st century among four million people who didn’t give a rat’s tail about my business, or thirty miles south, I could slip into a country that didn’t speak my language..
She sat beside me, tears streaming down her cheeks. I didn’t know if she cried for my life or hers.
“Mother, I love her.”
“She’s not right for you.”
“You know Charlene’s a good person.”
Mother blew her nose into a tissue. “I remember when Charlene and I drove to Phoenix to see a Nirvana concert at the State Fair, five years before you came along.” She let out a muffled sob and shook her head. “I imagined you’d date her daughter one day…” She smeared the wetness across her cheek. “How will you support a family?”
“I’ll get a job.”
“Billy, it’ll be two more years before you can legally work or drive!”
This is my first Trifecta writing challenge entry this week. The challenge is to use the word “scandal” noun \ˈskan-dəl\ with the following definition: (a) a circumstance or action that offends propriety or established moral conceptions or disgraces those associated with it; (b) a person whose conduct offends propriety or morality <a scandal to the profession
The response must be between 33 and 333 words. You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post. The word itself needs to be included in your response. You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.