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Stars in My Eyes

(Hey, I have a horse with that name!)

By KJ AartilaPublished 28 days ago 1 min read
Stars in My Eyes
Photo by Lefty Kasdaglis on Unsplash

“Do you have to tinkle?”

I smiled, then choked back a chortle when I caught the flinty Scorpio gaze lasering me back into place – you know, the place where no laughter is allowed at the expense of the narc.

“Oh. My. God. You’re serious?!” I said. “Don’t ever say that. We’re both grown-ups (debatable, in hindsight). Don’t ever say that again.” ….........

For one thing, you’re not conversing with a two-year-old, but also, I am an adult who knows when I need to pee (was the rest of the conversation going through my head.)

In the eight years before I married the asshole, I don’t think I’d heard that phrase. (I should have ended it on our first date when he chewed his pizza too loudly, but that’s a story for another, right?)

Now, every time I think of that word, the childhood nursery rhyme comes to mind. You know (sing along):

“Tinkle, tinkle little star …”

The voices in my head are laughing – they think I’m hilarious!

We’ve now been divorced for more than twenty years. Me and my x-husband, not me and the voices. They remain in my custody.


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About the Creator

KJ Aartila

A writer of words in northern WI with a small family and a large menagerie.

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  • Heather Hubler27 days ago

    Ah, stupid exs and those inside voices!! Glad you only kept the one, lol.

  • ROCK 27 days ago

    Very, very good! It reminds me of why my ex is my ex also. 🤣

  • sleepy drafts27 days ago

    Oh, this was so well done and so clever!!

  • OMG, this was hilarious. “Tinkle, tinkle, little star…” I am never going to think of that nursery rhyme in the same way again. Now I wonder, though…is the relationship with the voices in your head a happy one, or did you reluctantly get custody of them?

  • Brenton F27 days ago

    At the risk of repeating someone else's words... those last three sentences tied up a very neat package - KUDOS!

  • A handsome exchange, if I do say so myself. I'll never approach teaching beginning cello lessons the same way again, lol. Never surrender custody of that sense of humor, my friend.

  • Cathy holmes28 days ago

    Lol. This is great. Loved that last line. 🤣

  • Kenny Penn28 days ago

    Got a good laugh out of this one. Especially the last few lines about the voices 😂

  • Oops! Not really fiction - should be in "confessions?"

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