About Your Son

July 3, 2017
By Gvall SILVER, COVINGTON, Louisiana
Gvall SILVER, COVINGTON, Louisiana
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Simon: a middle-aged, father with a strong, British accent; has black hair and a long moustache, wears a black/white suit along with a red tie and black dress pants.
Mr. Emmerich: a middle-aged, father with a strong, British accent; has black hair and a long moustache; wears a black/white suit along with a red tie and black dress pants.

Simon and Mr. Emmerich are inside a living room. Simon sits on a couch and Mr. Emmerich sits on a chair across from him. 

Simon: Hello, Mr. Emmerich. You can call me Simon.
Emmerich: A pleasure to meet you, Simon. I am happy that we finally have gotten a chance to talk about our sons.
Simon: Yes, I heard they recently had an encounter that was a bit less than friendly.
Emmerich: I heard that too. An unfortunate event such as this, is one that my son is generally a stranger to.
Simon: Mine as well, mine as well. And after talking things over with him, we have decided that an apology is in order.
Emmerich: I had a similar discussion with my son, also. We have reached the same conclusion.
Simon: Now, I don't want to get into the details of what happened, but it seems that both of our sons were out of order and fingers should not be pointed in one direction.
Emmerich: I see, both of our sons acted hastily and without thought. Something that the youth of today tend to do.
Simon: Naturally.
Emmerich: And since it is our responsibility to guide our children in the right direction, we should have your son apologize to mine and then mine to yours.
Simon: Precisely. Well, wait a minute, Emmerich. Why should my son apologize first?
Emmerich: Well, if I am correct, your son started this whole ordeal.
Simon: And what led you to that answer?
Emmerich: My son informed me of this.
Simon: Is that so?
Emmerich: It is.
Simon: Funny.
Emmerich: How so?
Simon: Well, it seems to me, that our sons have conflicting narratives of the goings on between them.
Emmerich: Really? That's quite strange.
Simon: Tis. My son gave me the impression that it was your son's actions that led to my son's behavior.
Emmerich: Then you are indeed, correct in assuming that our sons versions of this event do conflict with one another.
Simon: Then we must think of a solution.
Emmerich: Have you one in mind?
Simon: Not exactly. It seems that we must find a way for our sons to apologize that does not grant one of them the liberty of apologizing after the other does so.
Emmerich: Are you insinuating that our sons apologize to each other at the same time?
Simon: If that is the best thing to do, then it will be done.
Emmerich: Think about what you are saying, Simon. An apology, such as the one you are proposing, will be ineffective.
Simon: I am thinking of what I am saying and I am saying what I am thinking.
Emmerich: I am starting to think otherwise.
Simon: Are you saying that I am using poor judgement in my thoughts and therefore my words?
Emmerich: No, Simon, I am simply-.
Simon: Emmerich, you doubt my ability to think as well as you do.
Emmerich: No, you've got it all wrong my good man. Let me explain. I think that you think that I think that you're a bad thinker. That's just not the truth.
Simon: Then, what is the truth?!
Emmerich: The truth is that I think that you aren't thinking at all!
Simon: Preposterous! You have insulted me for the last time!
Emmerich: I could very well say the same to you!
Simon: Good day, Mr. Emmerich!
Emmerich: Good day to you, sir!

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